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European Cup | Stade Yves-du-Manoir
15:45 (GMT) | 07-01-2017
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Brice Dulin
  • 14 Joe Rokocoko
  • 13 Johannes Goosen
  • 12 Alexandre Dumoulin
  • 11 Juan Imhoff
  • 10 Dan Carter
  • 9 Maxime Machenaud
  • 8 Chris Masoe
  • 7 Bernard le Roux
  • 6 Wenceslas Lauret
  • 5 Francois van der Merwe
  • 4 Luke Charteris
  • 3 Ben Tameifuna
  • 2 Virgile Lacombe
  • 1 Eddy Ben Arous
RESERVES
  • 23 Henry Chavancy
  • 22 Remi Tales
  • 21 Mike Phillips
  • 20 Antonie Claassen
  • 19 Manuel Carizza
  • 18 Luc Ducalcon
  • 17 Vartanov Khatchik
  • 16 Virgile Lacombe
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PREVIEW: Racing 92 v Munster

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:25

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Munster captain Peter O'Mahony wants his men to channel their emotion into a winning performance in their rearranged European Rugby Champions Cup clash with Racing 92.

Munster and the rest of the rugby world mourned when Director of Rugby Anthony Foley passed away in Paris ahead of the fixture in October. The Irish province return to Stade Yves-du-Manoir for their Round One clash on Saturday as they look to retake top spot in Pool One from Glasgow Warriors.

O'Mahony's men have gone on to record big victories over Glasgow Warriors and Leicester Tigers since, before a last minute defeat in the return leg at Welford Road. They currently sit second behind the Warriors, but can rise to the top if they inflict a fourth successive European defeat on Racing.

"Obviously, there's no two ways about it, it's going to be a difficult week for a lot of guys but you've got to stick to the routine, stick to what we normally do in a week and try and keep the head down," said O'Mahony. "Ronan O'Gara is too big a competitor to let this one slip and he'll be teeing them up for us.

"We are preparing for the best team we've played against this campaign and the quality they have and the performance they are going to put in, so we're going to have to be good."

Last season's runners-up Racing are out of Europe after their trio of defeats, and they look set to name a much changed side this weekend. They have delisted France international Remi Tales from their squad and may be without key-men Dan Carter and Maxime Machenaud.

But head coach Laurent Labit reckons Racing have the perfect spy in his assistant Ronan O'Gara, who lifted a pair of European cups with his native Munster.

He said: "It's very tough fixture always against Munster. We have been watching them since the start of the season but we also have the best spy possible with Ronan O'Gara to know how they function.

"It's funny because he's got mixed feeling about meeting Munster. It's his club of heart, of love. He feels like betraying them. Of course, he wants Racing to win but, strangely, he's not happy facing them."

Racing 92 and Munster have met twice previously in European competition; both matches in the 2012/13 pool stage were won by the home side on the day. Racing have lost three of their four fixtures against Irish opposition in the Champions Cup. 

Racing have lost their last four Champions Cup games, but have not lost more consecutive matches since a run of six defeats from 2010 to 2011. 

Although they lost at home to Glasgow Warriors in Round Three, Racing have won six of their last seven home pool stage games with the victories coming by an average margin of 27 points. 

Munster have lost their last two away games against Top 14 opposition, but have not lost more consecutive games away to French clubs since their first five matches from 1995 to 1998. 

Munster have conceded two tries in their three games so far this season and are the only side in the tournament with a concession rate of less than one per game. 

Both tries conceded by Munster have come in the final quarter and they are the only side yet to concede in the first hour of their matches 

Racing are one of just two teams (along with Leinster) yet to lose a scrum on their own put-in this season (17/17). 

The 2006 and 2008 champions need one try to reach 400 in Europe's top flight. Munster would become the third club to reach this milestone with Toulouse and Leicester Tigers. 

Leone Nakarawa has made 14 offloads, the most of any player, despite Racing playing just three games to date this season.

Teams: 

Racing 92: 15 Juan Imhoff, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Anthony Tuitavke, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Xavier Chauveau, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Matthieu Voisin, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Khatchik Vartanov.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Ali Williams, 20 So'otala Fa'aso'o, 21 James Hart, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Henry Chavancy.

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christian Stander, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony (captain), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Keith Earls, 23 Francis Saili.

Date: Saturday, January 7
Venue: Stade Yves-du-Manoir, Paris
Kick-off: 16.45; 15.45 GMT
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

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Munster honour Foley with Racing rout

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 18:31

REPORT: Munster paid a scintillating tribute to former coach Anthony Foley by routing Racing92 32-7 to edge closer to the European Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

It had been the untimely death on the eve of this Round One fixture in October that forced the game to be re-arranged and Munster responded with a passion-packed performance that took them to the top of the pool, three points clear of Glasgow.

The Irish side picked up a third win in four outings as they put last season's beaten finalists and the reigning French champions to the sword.

It took the Irish side a mere 54 minutes to bag a bonus point as they put in the perfect performance to honour the memory of their former captain and coach, Foley.

Racing fell to their fourth successive defeat in the pool as they fell to their heaviest Champions Cup defeat. The 31-point losing margin was six points worse than they had ever suffered before.

Munster dominated the opening quarter and it took some excellent home defence to keep them at bay. The first points came from the boot of Munster's flyhalf Tyler Bleyendaal with a penalty after 14 minutes and the nerves of the visiting fans were soothed by three tries before the break.

Simon Zebo crossed for the opening try, his 50th for Munster in all matches, and then Man of the Match CJ Stander raced almost 20 metres for the next one. On the stroke of half-time, Conor Murray clipping a grubber kick along the right-hand touchline that popped up perfectly for Andrew Conway, as he ran down the line and a third Munster try was confirmed by the TMO.

Bleyendaal took his first half tally up to 10 points with a second conversion to add to his earlier two penalties and Munster were well on their way.

It took a mere 14 minutes of the second half before outstanding hooker Niall Scannell drove over from a five metre line-out for the bonus-point try, which Bleyendaal again converted.

That it was it for Munster, although they continued to dominate proceedings, but there was a slight sting in the tail as Racing salvaged some pride with a try from back row forward Mathieu Voisin, which Dan Carter converted.

Scorers:

For Racing 92:
Try: Voisin
Con: Carter

For Munster:
Tries: Zebo, Stander, Conway, N Scannell
Cons: Bleyendaal 3
Pens: Bleyendaal 2

Teams:

Racing 92: 15 Juan Imhoff, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Anthony Tuitavake, 11 Teddy Thomas, 10 Benjamin Dambielle, 9 Xavier Chauveau, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Mathieu Voisin, 6 Chris Masoe, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Camille Chat, 1 Khatchik Vartanov.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Ali Williams, 20 So'otala Fa'aso'o, 21 James Hart, 22 Dan Carter, 23 Henry Chavancy.

Munster: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Conway, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Rory Scannell, 11 Ronan O'Mahony, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Christian Stander, 7 Tommy O'Donnell, 6 Peter O'Mahony (captain), 5 Billy Holland, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 John Ryan, 2 Niall Scannell, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Dave Kilcoyne, 18 Stephen Archer, 19 Dave Foley, 20 Jack O'Donoghue, 21 Duncan Williams, 22 Keith Earls, 23 Francis Saili.

Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant referees: Tim Wigglesworth (England), Paul Dix (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)