Racing Metro 92 wins the second francilian derby of the season, breaks for the first time, Stade Français at Jean Bouin and goes back up to the top six qualifying spots. A great game from the Ciel et Blanc who beat the pinks 32-22, and took the defending bonus away from them thanks to a late penalty scored by Jonathan Sexton. (Credit photo : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby)
Everyone wanted it to be a great rugby match and it happened! Both squads came out of the tunnel under the eye of the giant Racing jersey, branded by the Ciel et Blanc supporters. And straight up from the 5th minute, as the Parisians were working on the Racing defense with many offensive sequences, winger Benjamin Fall intercepted the ball and made his 80 meter run to the posts. A try converted by the Irish fly-half, Jonathan Sexton which permitted to the Racing side to take an important early lead 7-0 at Jean Bouin.
But it was still a tight and dangerous game to play. The pink side wouldn’t and didn’t give up. However, throughout the whole game, the Parisians never managed to take the lead on the score board and this despite a big kicking fight between Jonathan Sexton and Morne Steyn, who converted back-to-back penalties. At the break, Racing was in the lead 18-6, but right from the start of the second half, the fidjian winger Vuidravuwalu, scored the first try of the pink side and brought Stade Français back on Racing’s tale. In the end, every Parisian forward steps were overtaken by the Racingmen, and it went that way until the whistle went, and give Racing’s second away win in a row.
The bell of Jean Bouin finally released the Ciel et Blanc supporters who couldn’t stop biting their nails and the Ciel et Blanc coaches who wildly let their happiness come out. On the field, the Racing players fell into each other’s arm, jumping around like kids. “It’s a victory gained on our realism” as Coach Labit would say facing the post-match press. “Since the beginning of the season, we are working hard to be part of the top six spots, now we mustn’t mess it all up”, says the French scrum-half Maxime Machenaud.
Three rounds before the end of the regular season, the Racingmen took over two very important wins in the run to make the play-offs. They arrived at stade Jean Bouin with winning intentions and finally… did it!
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