Seriously weakened by injuries and summons to international selections, Racing 92 won on the wire against Pau (24-22) at Paris La Défense Arena. A narrow but important success to remain among the top six in the ranking.
What you must remember
Between the injured (Russell, Thomas, Zebo, Iribaren), and the internationals selected by their selections (Imhoff, Le Roux, Vakatawa, Chat, Baubigny), Racing 92 presented itself particularly weakened at Paris La Défense Arena this Saturday evening . In front of empty stands, the Ciel et Blanc, led by Maxime Machenaud and Henry Chavancy, experienced all the hardships in the world in front of a rather enterprising team from Béarn. A try by Klemenczak (10th) and the success of Machenaud in his attempts at goal put the Ile-de-France in the lead at half-time (11-9). But after the locker room, the Palois, more players, took the advantage thanks to a test from Roudil (47th). Handicapped by the absence of his hookers then by the injury of the pillar Georges-Henri Colombe, just before half-time (39th), Racing waited the last five minutes to get back to the front on a test of strength from the 3rd line Fabien Sanconnie (75th).
The player : Olivier Klemenczak (Racing 92)
Summoned this fall by Fabien Galthié in the group of the XV of France, the young three-quarter center of Racing (24 years old) quickly became evident. Alerted by a kick from his opener Antoine Gibert, the player trained in Dax (Landes) recovers the ball in the left winger position, overflows his vis-à-vis and ends up behind the line (10th). He then distinguished himself by carrying the danger in the defense of Pau on his rare occasions of attack.
The number: 4
The sky and white hookers suffered a real massacre. In the absence of Chat and Baubigny, summoned to the France team, and Le Guen, injured, the Ile-de-France club aligned the fourth (hooker) and very young Jonathan Maïau (19 years old) but the latter came out in the 15th minute , on concussion. It is therefore the pillar Eddy Ben Arous who came into play to occupy the position.
“It’s a new experience for me in tailgating (smiles). My teammates did everything to make my life easier on the throws in touch. The important thing was to return to victory. “The pillar of Racing Eddy Ben Arous, entered tailgating after a quarter of an hour of play.
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