Thursday 21 September 2017

Sexton leads way as Racing stun Toulouse

Toulouse 16 Racing Metro 21

Jonathan Sexton turned on the style to lead Racing Metro into the Top 14 semi-finals after they sent Toulouse packing in their own backyard at Stade Ernest-Wallon.

Sexton kicked seven from seven in a wonderful display to send the 19-time champions packing and set up a semi-final showdown with Toulon next weekend in Lille.

The victory ensures that Ronan O'Gara's and Sexton's first season in France moves to a new level as the big-spending Paris side go in search of their first Bouclier de Brennus in the professional era.

Flawless kicking from Sexton saw Racing Metro lead 12-3 at the break.

Their hopes suffered a severe set-back three minutes after the restart when Hosea Gear got in for the game's first try which Jean-Marc Doussain converted to reduce the gap to 12-10.

Doussain edged Toulouse in front with a 50th-minute penalty, but Sexton responded inside four minutes to put Racing back in front.

The lead again quickly changed hands as both sides coughed up cheap penalties in the red zone.

Doussain made it 16-15 before Sexton, after hitting a post with a drop goal, kept his nerve to land a difficult penalty from the left after 62 minutes for Racing to lead 18-16, and he sealed the deal with a seventh kick.

Irish Independent

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