Friday 2 December 2016

European watch: Racing on form after impressive win

Declan Rooney

Published 11/11/2016 | 02:30

Racing 92 French centre Henry Chavancy (L) runs to scores a try during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and Montpellier at the Yves du Manoir stadium. AFP / FRANCK FIFE
Racing 92 French centre Henry Chavancy (L) runs to scores a try during the French Top 14 rugby union match between Racing 92 and Montpellier at the Yves du Manoir stadium. AFP / FRANCK FIFE

In just four weeks' time Munster will lock horns with the Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup, and the Tigers continued to impress as their second string picked up a tight win over Bath in the Anglo Welsh Cup.

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Leicester ruled at the Recreation Ground last weekend thanks to first-half tries from Luke Hamilton and George Catchpoole, while Freddie Burns was again on form from the tee.

Another win tomorrow afternoon at Welford Road against Pro12 outfit Newport Gwent Dragons will boost their Anglo Welsh Cup hopes, as Premiership action takes another week off.

There was no such rest for the French clubs who continue to fight for league points and Racing 92 look to be on the up after a 21-9 win over Montpellier last weekend.

Three penalties from Johan Goosen meant the sides were all square with eight minutes remaining, but Racing sealed the win thanks to two late tries from Henry Chavancy and Xavier Chauveau

Elsewhere, it wasn't a great weekend for Glasgow Warriors last time out, and Gregor Townsend's side will wonder how they managed to come out on the wrong side of a 27-3 defeat.

Including their Champions Cup loss at Thomond Park, this is Warriors' third defeat in a row, and considering Glasgow left Llanelli with a 46-10 win when the sides last met back in April, this is a remarkable result.

Irish Independent

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