Sunday 22 October 2017

Sexton comes through unscathed in Racing stalemate

A heavily bandaged Johnny Sexton in action for Racing Metro on Saturday. Photo: Dave Winter / SPORTSFILE
A heavily bandaged Johnny Sexton in action for Racing Metro on Saturday. Photo: Dave Winter / SPORTSFILE

Johnny Sexton came through unscathed during Racing Metro's 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne at the Stade Yves-du-Manoir on Saturday.

The out-half played 66 minutes and despite kicking two penalties and assisting Marc Andreu's try, he was - rather unusually - timed out of an early penalty that proved costly.

Sexton took longer than the allowed 90 seconds and referee Roman Poite disallowed the kick.

Clermont's Brock James had a chance to punish Sexton's miss even further but he missed a last-minute penalty to win the game.

Sexton was still sporting evidence of his clash with Mathieu Bastareaud but he looked sharp throughout and Joe Schmidt will have been relieved to see him be replaced by Johan Goosen after 66 minutes.

The draw moves Clermont a point clear of Toulon, who suffered a shock 28-23 defeat away to Bordeaux Begles. Racing remain six points off the top in fourth place.

Meanwhile, Martin Castrogiovanni has been ruled out of Italy's Six Nations clash with Scotland this weekend. The prop received 14 stitches after being bitten in the face by a friend's dog.

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