With no "Crunch" at the last World Cup, French and English fought indirectly this weekend for the first day of the Champions Cup. Racing 92, winner Sunday of Saracens (30-10), defending champion, gave an honorary victory to tricolor rugby.
French clubs have won three successes over the five confrontations scheduled this weekend with their English counterparts. After the defeats at La Rochelle and LOU, respectively in front of Exeter at home (12-31) and Northampton (25-14), and the successes of Stade Toulousain (25-20 at Gloucester) and Clermont (against Harlequins, 53-21), it was up to Racing 92 to change this duel in the tricolor camp. Mission accomplished with the offensive bonus.
The club Hauts-de-Seine has concluded in style this first day of the Champions Cup 2019-2020, by offering the defending champion, the Saracens, 30-10, Sunday at home. Tests of Vakatawa (9th), Thomas (25th), Russell (53rd) and Lauret (64th) were right of the English who had recovered hope with the test recorded by Lozowski (18-10, 51st). We will remember for the beauty of the gesture that of Finn Russell in favor of Racingmen. The Scottish opener used a "chistera" and two feints in the same action, the second to flatten without opposition (25-10 with the transformation of Machenaud, 54th).
THE RACING HAS NOT WORNED! 2 minutes after the English test, the Parisians take 15 points ahead!
– France tv sport (@francetvsport) November 17, 2019
If the Saracens had appeared diminished on the synthetic Paris La Defense Arena (nine major players absent including seven belonging to the finalist group of the last World Cup), the success of men Laurent Travers is not to be minimized. The Racingmen take the lead of Pool 4 before challenging the province of Munster next Saturday for the second day. It will undoubtedly be another opposition. Much more consistent.
⏱ Half-time in the #HeinekenChampionsCup:
Racing 92 18-3 Saracens # R92vSAR
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