Barely In The Top 14, Racing 92 Has Launched Its European Season Entirely

Barely in the Top 14, Racing 92 has launched its European season entirely, with a prestigious success against Leicester 22-18. Also a positive result for La Rochelle, Harlequins winner on their home ground 27-34 for their first in the Champions Cup. The MHR, meanwhile, bowed on the lawn of the Irish province of Leinster this Saturday, 17-24.

Barely In The Top 14, Racing 92 Has Launched Its European Season Entirely

For its first appearance in the Champions Cup, the Stade Rochelais shone this Saturday. The icing on the cake, the Maritimes, authors of four trials, have added a bonus point to their victory in London.

On the lawn of the Stoop Memorial, located a stone's throw from Twickenham, the semi-finalists of the last Top 14 started with a test of Forbes from the 3rd minute of play.

During a particularly removed first period, La Rochelle showed no complexes. Carried by its former All-Blacks, the French team has managed to flatten three times in the opposing in-goal in just over half an hour. Thanks to the tests of Doumayrou 25th and Priso 31st, they turned with seven points ahead at the break 17-24.

Doumayrou double

Patrice Collazo's men did not release the vice when they returned from the locker room. Geoffrey Doumayrou, perfectly served by Lamb, doubled the bet 17-31, 49th, and, at the same time, offered the offensive bonus to his team. A new penalty from Lamb, four minutes later, gave the Rochelais a comfortable lead 17-34.

The Harlequins' burst of pride did not change anything: La Rochelle validated its first success on the European scene.

Results and rankings

<Group 1 - 1st day>

Ulster 19 - 9 Wasps
Harlequins 27 - 34 La Rochelle

1: (La Rochelle 5 pts)
2: (Ulster 4 pts)
3: (Harlequins 1 pt)
4: (Wasps 0 pt)

Barely In The Top 14, Racing 92 Has Launched Its European Season Entirely

Montpellier surely hoped better for its entry into the Champion's Cup this Saturday. Besides, the MHR could have done better on the Leinster's lawn.

But the ambitious second in the Top 14, too clumsy, bowed 17-24 in the Irish province. A defeat that emerged in the first half, when the Héraultais conceded two tries in ten minutes 19th, 27th.

Nadolo's double (38th, 62nd) put Altrad's Mohed club back in the right direction, but the Leinster reacted each time with another try Henshaw 44th and Daly 67th.

The defensive bonus, but.

Orphans of their opener Aaron Cruden hit in the thigh. At the same time, the triple European champions presented themselves without their striker Jonathan Sexton, also injured, the Montpellier came close to winning much more than a defensive bonus point of Dublin.

But they failed to turn the tide despite the numerical superiority in the last five minutes. And if the MHR pockets the defensive bonus point, it drops the offensive bonus to their opponent of the day.

A point which could be expensive in a pool, which also includes the champion of England Exeter and the leader of Pro 14 Glasgow.

Results and rankings

<Group 3 - 1st day>

<Leinster 24 - 17 Montpellier
Exeter - Glasgow Saturday at 8.45 p.m>

1: <Leinster 5 pts>
2: <Montpellier 1 pt>
3: <Exeter 0 pt>
4: <Glasgow 0 pt>

Barely In The Top 14, Racing 92 Has Launched Its European Season Entirely

Racing 92, carried by its second line Leone Nakarawa, secured the main against Leicester 22-18 to start their European campaign victoriously.

And too bad if Pat Lambie was very discreet for his first steps in his new colors to replace Juan Imhoff, injured immediately in a high 6th. Because the hero of the day, in Hauts-de-Seine, was called Leone Nakarawa. While his own had started the match badly 0-7, 3rd, the second Fijian line was all excellent shots in the twenty minutes of intense domination of the Ile-de-France in the first period.

Author of the first test of Racing despite the presence of two tacklers 7-7, 17th, Nakarawa was also in the action which brought the second test of Racing, marked by Bernard le Roux 14-10, 25th. And he was still there on the third: his pass after contact found Wenceslas Lauret, for a test at the end of winger Teddy Thomas 19-10, 29th.

Offensive bonus missed at the last second.

Three tests in a quarter of an hour: Racing seemed to launch. That was without counting the yellow card inflicted on Vakatawa for a high tackle on Nick Malouf 33rd. The Tigers immediately narrowed the gap on a late try from Jonny May 19-15, 35th.

The second act was much less prolific despite numerous occasions. Clumsy in the attack, like the ball released by Virimi Vakatawa at the siren, Racing - in the absence of an offensive bonus - nevertheless saved the furniture thanks to the excellent defense.

Results and rankings

<Group 4 - 1st day>

<Racing92 22 - 18 Leicester
Castres - Munster Sunday at 2 p.m>

1: <Racing 92 4 pts>
2: <Leicester 1 pt>
3: <Castres 0 pt>
4: <Munster 0 pt>

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