Racing win all French Heineken Cup clash

Racing Metro got their first Heineken Cup victory when they won the won the all French affair 16-9 in Pool 2 on Saturday.


Clermont Auvergne made 11 changes from the side which defeated Saracens in style last weekend and could only register three penalties throughout the afternoon.


Racing struggled on their Heineken Cup debut a week ago in Dublin, but claimed their first victory with a good victory over the French Champions.


The opening exchanges saw simply a kick dual between Racing’s Jonathan Wisniewski and Clermont’s Gavin Williams.


Wisniewski kicked the home side ahead twice only for Samoan centre Williams to level the scores in reply on each occasion.


The teams were locked on six apiece until a minute before half-time when Fijian winger Sereli Bobo struck for the games only try with Wisniewski converting to give the hosts a 13 – 6 lead at the break.


It was nearly twenty minutes into the second half before the next points were scored and again it was the boot of Wisniewski, who pushed his side further ahead with a penalty.


Replacement Morgan Parra got a late penalty for the visitors to claim a vital losing bonus point


Final Score Racing Metro 16-9 Clermont Auvergne


Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

 

Teams

Racing Metro 92: D Scarbrough, S Bobo, A VuliVuli, H Chavancy, J Saubade, J Wisniewski, N Durand, A Lo Cicero, B Noirot, M Tuugahala, L Nallet [capt], J Nailiko, J Leo’o, B Le Roux, S Chabal.


Replacements: C Festuccia, S Zimmermann, J Brugnaut, S Dellape, J Fillol, M Bergamasco, R Vaquiin, A Batut


ASM Clermont Auvergne: B Baby, N Nalaga, W Fofana, G Williams, J Malzieu, T Lavea, K Senio, V Debaty, T Paulo, M Scelzo, J Pierre [capt], L Jacquet, J White, A Audebert, S Lauaki.


Replacements: A Creevy, T Domingo, D Zirakashvili, T Privat, E Vermeulen, M Parra, G Canale, B Russell

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