Jostled by Castres on his lawn Friday night, Racing 92 finally won the snatch (23-20) against Castres, who consoles himself with the defensive bonus. The Parisians, provisionally leaders, continue their good series with a fourth success in a row.
Racing 92 in pain but Racing 92 leader. Unbeaten since January 29, the Sky Blue and White have a series of victories, but they generally need to tear themselves apart to gain the upper hand over their opponents. This was the case against Montpellier in the Hérault as against La Rochelle and LOU (admittedly a little less) at home, it was again Friday evening in the advanced match of the 17th day against a team from Castres who remained on two home wins. Long battered by the Castres, Racing had to wait until the last moment to obtain this narrow victory (23-20) which took a long time to emerge. Thanks to three penalties and a transformation from Teddy Iribaren and a try from his scrum half, hero of the first half, the Parisians had yet taken the lead in this part. They may blame themselves for then letting the CO restart.
Perfect timing for Boffelli
A try from Nakosi just before the break and another, penalty, allowed the visitors to pass the scoreboard. In difficulty and very close to his first defeat since that of January 23 at the Paris-La Défense Arena in front of the UBB, Wenceslas Lauret, struck by a violent shock at the end of the match, and his family were then able to recover who was needed to force the decision, on a try from Argentinian rear Emiliano Boffelli for his first start. The Puma pulled out its claws at the best time. Racing took the opportunity to settle temporarily at the top of the Top 14 ahead of Toulouse, while Castres, who had everything but unworthy, could console themselves with the defensive bonus.
TOP 14 / 17TH DAY
Friday 19 February 2021
Racing 92 – Castres: 23-20
Saturday 20 February 2021
2:45 p.m .: La Rochelle – Stade Français Paris
5.45 p.m .: Clermont – Bayonne
5.45 p.m .: Brive – Bordeaux-Bègles
5.45 p.m .: Pau – Toulon
5.45 p.m .: Agen – Montpellier
9:05 p.m .: Lyon – Toulouse