Champions aim to recover after Racing run riot in Paris
Racing 92 are the visitors to Thomond Park tomorrow in Pool 4 of the Heineken Champions Cup, and after last weekend's 30-10 victory over Saracens, the pressure is on the home side to win their opening home game of the competition.
Other than a brief spell shortly after half-time when Alex Lozowski crossed for the defending champions, it was all one-way traffic at Paris La Defence Arena.
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Virimi Vakatawa started the rout with a stunning try after nine minutes, while flying winger Teddy Thomas scored brilliantly 15 minutes from the interval to put Racing into an 18-3 lead. Throughout the boot of Maxime Machenaud was a threat for Saracens, and despite a poor error from Finn Russell early in the second period for Lozowski's try, the Scotland out-half scored a sweet third for Racing, before Wenceslas Lauret completed the bonus-point win 16 minutes from time.
Saracens will attempt to recover this weekend when they host Ospreys at Allianz Park tomorrow afternoon, a game with a 1pm kick-off.
Meanwhile, Saracens have been hit with undisclosed fine for their failure to appear at the launch of the competition in Cardiff.
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