Apr 01, 2015
There's History Between Us - Racing Metro
Ahead of Saracens' European Champions Cup quarter-final with Racing Metro this Sunday, we take a look at the club's two most recent encounters with the Parisian side.
Saracens have played Racing Metro on four occasions, winning three times. The last victory was a memorable fight back away from home.
Saracens fight back stuns French crowd
Owen Farrell kicked a Heineken Cup record 10 penalties as Saracens fought back to defeat Racing Metro in France. Saracens showed their fighting spirit and resilience with an incredible second half showing at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes.
Saracens' defensive strength, combined with the laser-guided boot of England fly-half Farrell, who kicked 11 from 11 in all, left the French fans mute in disbelief.
The hosts ran in tries through Luc Ducalcon and Juan Imoff, but six Farrell penalties made it 25-18 at half-time.
Wyles scythed through for a cracking Saracens score two minutes into the second half and when Farrell converted and then added a penalty Saracens were in front 28-25, despite losing Chris Ashton to the sin bin.
Saracens were pinning the hosts back in their own half and although Farrell had a long-range drop-goal deflected wide, he landed a further penalty to give the men in black a little extra breathing space.
Racing launched one last desperate attack and were awarded a penalty. Hernandez stepped up to kick to the corner and give the hosts the platform for one last assault but, unforgivably, he kicked the ball dead.
Racing knew their chance had gone and Farrell twisted the knife as he drilled over a long-range penalty with the last kick of the match to deprive the hosts of even a losing bonus point.
Wyles scores on 100th appearance in Brussels
10 points from the boot of Charlie Hodgson and tries from Wyles, Borthwick and Fraser saw Saracens defeat Racing Metro 30-13 in the first Heineken Cup game to be staged in Brussells.
The French side took an early lead through an Olly Barkley penalty. This was the only time Saracens were behind as a Hodgson penalty made it 3-3 after eight minutes.
Saracens took the lead as Schalk Brits burst through a missed tackle from Karim Ghezal and off-loaded to Wyles, who scored on his 100th first-team appearance before Hodgson added the extra two points.
Sarries extended their advantage to 17-3 inside 30 minutes when captain Borthwick bundled home after a sustained spell of pressure from the English club, who were the designated home team at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels.
The precise kicking of Hodgson in the second half and a late score from Will Fraser ensured Saracens convincingly defeated the Top 14 side.