Sunday 18 August 2019

Gregor's Warriors stun Racing in Paris

Should Racing go on to lose in Glasgow they could end the year without a point, leaving qualification for the quarter-finals highly unlikely (Stock picture)
Should Racing go on to lose in Glasgow they could end the year without a point, leaving qualification for the quarter-finals highly unlikely (Stock picture)

Declan Rooney

Last season's finalists Racing 92 face into tonight's clash with Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun with the prospect of elimination from the competition after just three games following on from their shock defeat to the same side last week in Stade Yves Du Manoir.

Home advantage had provided great solace to Racing so far this season with their perfect six wins from six in the Top 14 balancing a topsy-turvy campaign for the champions, but Gregor Townsend's troops came away with a vital four points.

Following the cancellation of their opening game due to the shock death of Anthony Foley, Racing lost out to Leicester Tigers at Welford Road, and now this 23-14 loss on their own patch leaves them chasing points.

Should Racing go on to lose in Glasgow they could end the year without a point, leaving qualification for the quarter-finals highly unlikely.

And Warriors are now back in the hunt for top spot despite their loss to Munster at Thomond Park. They trail Munster by a single point in the standings and buoyed by tries from Alex Dunbar and Ali Price, and a solid defensive showing, they will fancy their chances of a spot in the knockout stages.

Munster face Racing twice in the space of three games in January, the first game takes place on January 7 in Paris, while the return fixture takes place at Thomond Park the week after Munster take on Glasgow at Scotstoun.

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