Tuesday 6 December 2016

European watch: Coughlan and Butler haunt Racing

Declan Rooney

Published 18/11/2016 | 02:30

Pau's French winger Bastien Pourailly (R) kicks the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Section Paloise and Racing Paris 92 at the Hameau stadium. AFP/Getty Images
Pau's French winger Bastien Pourailly (R) kicks the ball during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Section Paloise and Racing Paris 92 at the Hameau stadium. AFP/Getty Images

Racing 92's away-day blues returned last weekend as they lost by 26-17 away to a Pau team that featured James Coughlan at No 8 and another former Munster player Paddy Butler on the bench.

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A yellow card for Ali Williams early on meant Racing struggled in the opening half that saw Tom Taylor on the mark from the tee, while Watisoni Votu also ran in a Pau try.

Things improved after the break for Racing as Dmitri Szarzewski and Chris Masoe both scored tries, but Taylor kicked Pau to the win.

Tomorrow Racing host Grenoble in a battle of seventh against second from bottom, a clash Bernard Jackman's side will be keen to impress in.

Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers were in devastating form as they hammered Pro12 side Dragons by 42-3 at Welford Road in the Anglo Welsh Cup last weekend.

Six tries were scored in total by Tigers, with Freddie Burns in fine kicking form, while he also bagged a try in this convincing victory.

This Sunday, Tigers return to Premiership action when the welcome Harlequins to Welford Road and they will be eager to improve on their fourth place in the standings with a victory.

Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors have kept themselves busy with the signature of Ratu Tagive. The Australian winger comes from a Rugby League background, but spent some time with the ACT Brumbies before he signed a one-year deal with Gregor Townsend's side.

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