Fourteen-strong Racing 92 takes revenge on French Stadium: Top 14 update

Racing 92, outclassed in the first leg in its Arena (48-10) and fourteen from the 31st minute, took revenge on Sunday evening at the Jean-Bouin stadium (17-13), inflicting on Stade Français its second defeat at home of the season, closing the 21st day of the Top 14.

The Ciel et Blancs, who had two defeats before the international break, therefore recovered and moved up to seventh place (51 points), just one point behind Toulon (6th), in a tough match, physically committed but of great quality.

The Parisians, who had conceded their heaviest defeat of the season in Toulon (9-37) the previous day, losing their second place in the standings, missed an opportunity to move up into the Top 3.

In a white-hot Jean-Bouin, this derby between the club of the capital and that of Hauts-de-Seine was marked by permanent tension, numerous scuffles and a very high intensity in the physical fight.

It was Racing who took control from the start of the meeting, with a first penalty scored by their scrum half Nolann Le Garrec from the 7th.

This good start to the match was nevertheless quickly overshadowed by a yellow card from his Tongan second line Vekioso Poloniati, author of a dangerous tackle on the Parisian Romain Briatte.

But, and while the Ile-de-France club was outnumbered, the English winger Christian Wade, on an unlikely pass from his opener Antoine Gibert, went to flatten between the posts, rewarding the domination of Ciel et Blanc (10-3 , 20th).

Alas, and while the Pink Soldiers lost their scrum half Morgan Parra, limping out after being hit in the ankle, and tempers flared on the lawn, Poloniati did it again.

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Guilty of a tie on the South African center of the French Stade Jérémy Ward, he received a red card, logically awarded by the referee Mathieu Raynal.

Racing, while dominating the game, then found itself at 14. But, thanks to a very aggressive and very high defense, preventing the French Stadium from linking the phases of play, the men of Laurent Travers did not did not give in.

Better, as soon as the locker room returned, the rear Max Spring, after a favorable rebound on a small kick for himself, scored the second try for the Racingmen (17-6, 45th).

Despite a tenacious occupation of the opposing camp, the French Stadium, guilty of too much waste, did not manage to regain control of the score, coming up against a big defense from the Ile-de-France, until finally finding the fault, by the Fijian full-back Peniasi Dakuwaqa, in the 78th.

But too late.

On Saturday, Racing will travel to South Africa, to the Lions, in the round of 16 of the Challenge Cup, while, in the same competition, Stade Français will host Lyon.

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