In this TOP 14 clash of the 25th round, Racing Metro 92 beats ASM Clermont-Auvergne by the score 22-6, thanks to, again a big Ciel et Blanc defense which didn't concede any try against the best attack of the championship. At the 76th minute of the game, the Argentinian winger Juan Imhoff released the whole Colombes crowd, offering to Racing a wise lead and take the win. (Credit photo : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby)
It was a crucial meeting for both teams. For ASM, the idea was to not let the two top teams get a too wide lead, as for Racing, the aim was to stay in the top six spots. But this victory was also in name of the Ciel et Blanc Captain, Dimitri Szarzewski who ended his season after a ankle injury.
The first half and its lot of dropped balls was expressing all of the game’s issue. Juan-Martín Hernández, then scored the first points of the game, for the francilian side by a 40 meter drop kick, materializing his team-mates great offensive work who were blocked only a few centimeters from the in-goal line.
It was a very tough and hard game especially in impacts as Henry Chavancy’s KO would attest it at the beginning of the game, forced to leave the game without being able to return.
A few penalties scored each side and both teams returned to their lockers for the break, Racing leading 9-6.
But the best defense of the French championship never gave up against the best attack of TOP 14. The Francilians came out of the lockers with even more intentions, this both in offense and defense.
Bodies were suffering on this pitch of stade Yves-du-Manoir, as fly-half Jonathan Sexton would attest it by making painful faces. Since the Irish Racingman wasn’t too able to kick, Maxime Machenaud, who ended the game Captain of the Ciel et Blanc when Antoine Battut was substituted, was in charge to convert the kicking opportunities. But at ten minutes before the final whistle, the tension didn’t go down… Racing was up by 9 points… But didn’t play all their cards just yet. At the 76th minute of the game, center Fabrice Estebanez kicks it, winger Juan Imhoff follows and goes all the way to the in-goal area. A releasing try for the Ciel et Blanc supporters who sang “Ici, ici, c’est Colombes” (Here, Here, We’re in Colombes)
The bell rang at Du-Manoir, players let all of their joy come out, as for all of the supporters who traditionally invaded the Colombes field. A tough duel which saw the Racingmen winning it 22 to 6 over the Clermontois, holding to their 4th spot at the league table, at one TOP 14 round left before the end of the regular season.
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