Apr 05, 2015
Racing 'Bosched' at the death
Saracens progressed into the last for of European Rugby's Premier competition for the third successive season after a last second Marcelo Bosch penalty snatched victory in a 12-11 win against Parisian outfit, Racing Metro 92.
It really is the time of year for miraculous comebacks, and Saracens duly delivered a last gasp turnaround that will be celebrated for years to come.
With Maxime Machenaud's 71st minute penalty looking to be the winning points of an enthralling European Champions Cup contest, Racin G Metro 92 looked to be closing out a famous quarter final win. With the seconds ticking away Racing were penalised for being off their feet 40 metres from their own try line.
Up stepped Saracens ice-cool Argentine centre Marcelo Bosch. Kicking in to a swirling wind, and with the Stade Yves-du-Manoir walling into deep silence Bosch stepped up and slotted the match winning points much to the delight of the fervent Sarries following.
Saracens took an early lead, with Charlie Hodgson kicking a penalty after some solid work from his Saracens forwards at scrum time.
Racing Metro hit back with scrumhalf Maxime Machenaud scuttling over from a devastating catch-and-drive. Sexton's conversion attempt hitting the post much to the Irish outside half's frustration.
Hodgson added another penalty on the stroke of halftime to give his side a 6-5 at the break.
Alex Goode then slotted another penalty in a nervy and tense second half which Racing dominated in possession and territory.
The homeside responded with two penalties of their own as they looked to kill the game off. With the huge sky and white pack carrying numerous times from the base of their own rucks, the result looked a grim reality for Mark McCall's side.
Final Score: Racing Metro 11 Saracens 12
15 Alex Goode; 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Chris Wyles, 11 David Strettle; 10 Charlie Hodgson, Richard Wigglesworth © (rep De Kock 66 mins); 1 Mako Vunipola ( Gill 55);2 Jamie George (Brits 55); 3 Petrus Du Plessis (Johnston 55); 4 George Kruis, 5 Jim Hamilton (Itoje 58); 6 Jackson Wray (Brown 52), 7 Jacques Burger, 8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Rhys Gill,18 James Johnston, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Kelly Brown, 21 Matt Hankin, 22 Neil De Kock, 23 Nick Tompkins.
Racing Metro 92
15 Brice Dulin; 14 Juan Imhoff (Goosen 58); 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Jamie Roberts (Dumoulin 52); 11 Teddy Thomas; 10 Jonny Sexton (Phillips 77); 9 Maxime Machenaud; 1 Eddy Ben Arous (Brugnaut 53); 2 Dimitri Szarzewski (c) (Lacombe 53); 3 Luc Ducalcon (Mujati 53); 4 Luke Charteris, 5 Francois van der Merwe (Metz 77); 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 7. Camille Gerondeau (Dubarry 57); 8 Antonie Claassen.
Replacements: 16 Virgile Lacombe, 17 Julien Brugnaut, 18 Brian Mujati, 19 Fabrice Metz, 20 Thibault Dubarry, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Johannes Goosen, 23 Alexandre Dumoulin