Apr 01, 2015
Euro Watch: Racing Metro grind out win
Racing Metro ground out a 12-6 win away at Bayonne last weekend to stay in fourth place in the Top 14 standings.
In a game hampered by wet and windy conditions, Saracens' opposition on Sunday scored two penalties in the last ten minutes to seal the victory.
Jonny Sexton opened the scoring after seven minutes with Racing's first penalty, following excellent work from Thibault Dubarry in the loose.
The Irish international extended the away side's lead on the 27 minute mark again with a long range penalty, giving the Ciel et Blanc a 0-6 lead.
Bayonne finally opened their account just before half-time, with a penalty which Martin Bustos Moyano confidently dispatched.
The home side made the stronger start to the second half, forcing a scrum penalty only minutes after the restart. But local kicker Bustos Moyano missed from out wide. What could have been a turning point came in the 50th minute when Scott Speeding was sent to the bin for an intentional knock-on. The Ciel et Blanc, however, were unable to take advantage of the yellow card, and failed to score any points in his absence.
Bayonne drew level (6-6) in the 64th minute, but with Maxime Machenaud, adding pace around the fringes and Lauret continuing to have a field day in the lineout and the loose, the game gradually swung back in Racing’s favour.
Aside from putting his team on the front foot, international scrum-half Machenaud – who had come on for Mike Phillips in the 58th minute - sealed the game with two penalty goals in the 71st and 78th minutes of play.
Speaking after the game, skipper Dimitri Szarzewski said: “We had the ascendency in the game, but we just made too many mistakes. We are going to need to be more disciplined, more clinical and more pragmatic if we want to score points.”