Racing 92 see Red but secure Scarlets victory

Bernard La Roux on the attack before being sent off

Racing 92 finished the match with 14 players on the field but still managed to hold on for a 12-29 European Rugby Champions Cup victory over the Scarlets.

France flanker Bernard le Roux was red carded for stamping early on in the second half at Parc y Scarlets but by that time Racing had already sealed the bonus point.

The French club run-in four tries before half-time through Maxime Machenaud, Joe Rokocoko, Chris Mascoe and Marc Andreu to open up a commanding 26-0 lead at half-time.

But after cruising through the opening 40 minutes Racing had Bernard le Roux sent off and Ben Tameifuna sent to the sin bin after the break to give the Scarlets a route back into the contest.

It allowed the home side to hit back with two tries in the second period through Aled Thomas and Lewis Rawlings but the deficit was too much for the Scarlets to overturn and Racing held on for a deserved victory.

There had been a sombre start to the game after a minute’s silence and rendition of Les Marseillaise before kick-off for Racing’s first game since the terrorist attacks in their home city nine days ago.

Racing got game’s first try when scrum-half Machenaud chased and touched down Rokocoko’s kick down after the Scarlets covering defender DTH van der Merwe had misjudged the bounce.

Rokocoko then got the visitors second try with a trademark burst down the wing after 18 minutes.

The visitors had their third try of the match shortly before the half hour mark through number eight Chris Mascoe after good work by Machenaud and le Roux.

Racing secured the bonus point before half-time when the influential Machenaud found space and sent Marc Andreu over in the corner.

Three minutes after the interval the Scarlets’ luck changed when le Roux was shown a red card for a stamp on Ken Owens’ ankle on the floor.

They soon made the most of their numerical advantage as Owens floated a long pass out wide to put full-back Aled Thomas over in the corner.

Racing had replacement Tameifuna sent to the bin on 65 minutes for not staying on his feet and the home side grabbed a second try shortly after through Lewis Rawlings, but a penalty from full-back Johan Goosen made sure of the victory for the visitors.

Final Score Scarlets 12 (0) Racing Metro 29 (26)

Scorers

Scarlets
Tries – Thomas, Rawlins
Pen –
Con – Thomas
Drop –

Racing 92
Tries – Machenaud, Rokocoko, Masoe, Andreu
Pen – Goosen
Con – Machenaud 3
Drop –

Match Officials
Referee: Greg Garner (England),
Assistant ref: Dean Richards (England),
Assistant ref: Peter Allan (Scotland),
TMO: Keith Lewis (England),
Citing Commissioner: Steve Savage (England)

Teams

Scarlets: Aled Thomas; Michael Tagicakibau, Gareth Owen, Hadleigh Parkes, DTH van der Merwe; Dan Jones, Gareth Davies; Phil John, Ken Owens (c), Peter Edwards, Jake Ball, Maselno Paulino, Aaron Shingler, James Davies, John Barclay

Replacements: Emyr Phillips, Dylan Evans, Samson Lee, Tom Price, Lewis Rawlins, Aled Davies, Mike Collins, Steff Evans

Racing 92: Johannes Goosen; Joe Rokocoko, Casey Laulala, Henry Chavancy, Marc Andreu; Remi Tales, Maxime Machenaud; Julien Brugnaut, Dimitri Szarzewski (c), Cedate Gomes Sa, Luke Charteris, Francois van der Merwe, Bernard Le Roux, Wenceslas Lauret, Chris Masoe

Replacements: Camille Chat, Eddy Ben Arous, Ben Tameifuna, Thibault Dubarry, Yannick Nyanga, Mike Phillips, Juan Imhoff, Brice Dulin.

With thanks to EPCRugby

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