Tuesday 21 November 2017

Fresh woe for Sexton as Racing fall to minnows

Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton

JONATHAN SEXTON and Racing Metro endured another afternoon of misery when they were beaten by French minnows Oyonnax on Saturday.

To add to the ignominy, Racing's expensively assembled group of players failed to get on the scoreboard as they were beaten 6-0 in an attritional clash with Sexton missing both of his two kicks at goal.

Oyonnax began the game second from bottom and despite Racing including three Lions in their match day squad, they slipped to their seventh league defeat of the season.

A penalty in each half from Regis Lespinas was enough for last season's Pro D2 champions to claim a famous victory, but, for Sexton, it marked another in a long list of disappointing results since moving to France at the beginning of the season.

Despite a late barrage of pressure, Racing couldn't break through a well-organised and disciplined Oyonnax defence.

After beating Toulon last weekend, Racing were unable to build on that impressive performance and drop to eighth position.

The game had been in doubt, with heavy rain since the previous evening making running rugby almost impossible and turning things into a battle of the packs.

Despite playing against the wind in the first half, Lespinas opened the scoring after 25 minutes and Sexton missed the chance to draw level just before half-time when his kick went left of the posts.

Sexton missed another kick just after the hour and, with seven minutes left, Lespinas doubled the advantage to set up a barnstorming finale in which Racing were camped in Oyonnax territory deep into stoppage time.

However, they couldn't come up with a try and only emerged with a losing bonus-point.

Their attentions now to turn to the Heineken Cup this weekend with a home game against Scarlets.

Racing Metro currently lie bottom of Pool 4 and are all but eliminated from Europe's elite competition.

Irish Independent

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