Sun 31 Mar 2019 | 04:45

Toulouse edge Racing in French affair

Toulouse edge Racing in French affair
Sun 31 Mar 2019 | 04:45
Toulouse edge Racing in French affair

MATCH REPORT: Four-time winners Toulouse beat Racing  92 on Sunday to claim their first European Champions Cup semifinal spot since 2011.

Despite being a man down for more than 50 minutes, Toulouse managed to grind out a 22-21 victory and set up semi-final against title holders Leinster.

In a frantic opening 25 minutes, the visitors’ Zach Holmes was sent off for a high tackle on Racing winger Juan Imhoff after the two French outfits traded early tries from Antoine Dupont and Teddy Thomas while Maxime Machenaud slotted a penalty goal for the home side at a buzzing indoor La Defense Arena.

The Parisians were denied a match-winning try with three minutes to play as second-row Leone Nakarawa was penalised for obstructing Richie Arnold at a lineout.

Toulouse will travel to Leinster on Sunday, April 21.

The other semi-final sees Saracens take on Munster a day earlier in Coventry.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Thomas, Chat
Con: Machenaud
Pens: Machenaud 3

For Toulouse:
Tries: Dupont 2, Medard
Cons: Holmes, Ntamack

Yellow cards: Teddy Thomas (Racing 92, 28) Juan Imhoff (Racing 92, 66)

Red card: Zack Holmes (Toulouse, 22)

Racing 92: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Virimi Vakatawa, 12 Henry Chavancy, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Antonie Claassen, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Baptiste Chouzenoux, 5 Leone Nakarawa, 4 Donnacha Ryan, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (captain), 1 Guram Gogichashvili.
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Cedate Gomes Sa, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Boris Palu, 21 Antoine Gibert, 22 Ben Volavola, 23 Wenceslas Lauret,

Toulouse: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Sofiane Guitoune, 12 Romain Ntamack, 11 Maxime Médard, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Jerome Kaino (captain), 7 Francois Cros, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Peato Mauvaka, 1 Cyril Baille.
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Marchand, 17 Clément Castets, 18 Maks Van Dyk, 19 Selevasio Tolofua, 20 Piula Faasalele, 21 Sébastien Bézy, 22 Thomas Ramos, 23 Pita Ahki.

Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

PV: 2357

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