Racing Metro 92 brought the 2 points of the draw from their travel to the Scarlets this Saturday evening in Day 2 of HCup, 26-26. After being thirteen points down at the start of the second half, Ciel et Blanc little by little made their comeback to even let us believe of a last minute victory.
And then the referee refused the try... Racingmen almost thought they could trick those Welsh Scarlets as Wenceslas Lauret recovered a loose ball, badly negociated by an opponent... The francilian back-row who scored the first try of the game (5th minute), thought that he was going to offer the victory to his partners. A success which would have permitted Ciel et Blanc to make a clean start in this 2013-2014 HCup. Unfortunately for them, Mister Paterson didn't see it that way and sealed the match by a 26-26 draw.
Once again, despite two conceded tries, Racing showed up strength and solidarity, especially on the defensive end, carrying on their last week's good momentum in this area. Even though Ciel et Blanc were down two men at the end of the first half, they managed to stand up against this team and even level up the score as they were re-gaining Szarzewski and Estebanez on the field. Losing 23-10 at the 44th minute, Racingmen transcendent, imposed their plays to rule the game as their two international French were back on the pitch. Jonathan Sexton's boot rewarding this team effort. Matadigo also gave his extra-talent into this game as he scored his try, following a tough team maul around the five meters Welsh line. Then, it was a penalty fight between the Irish fly-half on one side and the International welsh, number 10 Rhys Priestland on the other, who were each answering back their penalties.
We will mainly remember from this match, this desire of conquest as the great francilian 60 meter maul illustrates it perfectly! A strong and promising performance for the Ciel et Blanc's future in HCup. After that, they can more than ever believe in their chances for this 2013-2014 edition. A good result to prepare next week's derby against Stade Français...
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Saturday 26th August