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Tough ties for Racing ahead of semi

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John Fallon

Racing 92 face two tough ties in the Top 14 before they play Munster in the Champions Cup semi-final in Bordeaux on Sunday fortnight.

Racing are currently second in the table and while the top six is all but decided, the battle for two automatic semi-final berths looks liking going down to the wire.

There are four games remaining and at the moment Montpellier lead the table on 71 points, with Racing next on 66, then Toulouse on 65, Toulon on 63 and La Rochelle and Simon Mannix's Pau level on 61 points.

Lyon, on 57 points, are battling to get into that knockout group. The top two will go into the semi-finals, with the next four playing off in quarter-finals.

Racing, barring a disaster, look set for the knockout stages but their next two games are against the two teams just below them.

Munster will get an immediate opportunity to gauge what's ahead when Racing entertain Toulon in Paris on Sunday. Toulon now only have the Top 14 to play for this season after their 20-19 loss in Thomond Park.

And then on Sunday week Donnacha Ryan's men will make the first of two successive trips to the south of France when they take on a revitalised Toulouse side seven days before the showdown with Munster.

The semi-final clash will be the fifth between Munster and Racing 92 in two seasons, with the home side coming out on top on each occasion up to now.

Irish Independent

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