Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tigers fall while Racing win away

European Watch

Declan Rooney

Published 04/11/2016 | 02:30

Brendon O'Connor (pictured with the ball) and his Leicester Tigers team-mates would love to be on the park to shake off the regrets of a 24-10 defeat at Saracens last weekend, but there is no action in the English Premiership this weekend. Picture: PA
Brendon O'Connor (pictured with the ball) and his Leicester Tigers team-mates would love to be on the park to shake off the regrets of a 24-10 defeat at Saracens last weekend, but there is no action in the English Premiership this weekend. Picture: PA

There is no action in the English Premiership this weekend, but Munster's next Champions Cup opponents, Leicester Tigers, would love to be on the park to shake off the regrets of a 24-10 defeat at Saracens last weekend.

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Tries from Chris Wyles and Sean Maitland ensured Sarries had this win wrapped up before half-time and a late try from George Catchpole had little impact for Tigers.

Unlike the Pro12 and English Premiership, there is no let-up in the French league calendar for the November internationals, and this weekend Munster's Champions Cup rivals Racing 92 will aim for a home win against Montpellier.

Racing finally broke their duck away from home last weekend with their first victory on the road this season, a 16-3 triumph against bottom side Bayonne.

The boot of Maxime Machenaud was Racing's main weapon last weekend in a game that saw five yellow cards dished out - three of which went to Bayonne - while a try for Juan Imhoff ten minutes from time finally saw the Parisians pull clear.

Racing are currently seventh in the standings with five wins from their nine games, but they trail leaders Clermont by ten points.

And in their final Pro12 game before two weekends off, Glasgow Warriors will hope to create some separation between themselves and co-leaders Leinster and Ospreys, when they make the tricky trip to Llanelli to face Scarlets.

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