Monday 25 September 2017

Video: Penalty embarrassment but key play for Racing try – eventful Top 14 return for bandaged Johnny Sexton

Racing Metro's Johnny Sexton was wearing a head bandage following his collision with Mathieu Bastareaud in the Six Nations encounter between Ireland and France last weekend.
Racing Metro's Johnny Sexton was wearing a head bandage following his collision with Mathieu Bastareaud in the Six Nations encounter between Ireland and France last weekend.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt will be a relieved man that Johnny Sexton came through yesterday' hard-fought 13-13 draw with Clermont Auvergne unscathed last night.

While the rest of his Ireland team-mates were enjoying the break that was the rest weekend of the Six Nations, the Ireland out-half was back in Top 14 duty for Racing and managed 66 minutes of action before he was hauled ashore.

Sexton was sporting a bandage after his collision with French centre Mathieu Bastareadud last weekend at the Aviva Stadium and played a key part in Racing's only try of the game.

After trading penalties with Morgan Parra, just before the hour mark Sexton's crossfield kick bounced kindly for Marc Andreu to touch down.

The one disappointment for the returning Leinster star was his penalty embarrassment in the first half. He was timed out at taking longer than the permitted 90 seconds much to his bemusement.

Sexton was replaced by Johan Goosen with 14 minutes remaining in the contest.

Racing are in fourth position in the Top 14, two points clear of Toulouse, who just got home 23-20 against lowly Lyon.

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