Racing 92 v Munster

Munster take on Racing in Paris knowing victory will send them to the top of Champions Cup Pool One

Patrick Madden Sat, Jan 7
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  • Good afternoon!

    Today Munster take on Racing 92 in Paris knowing a win will send them to the top of Champions Cup Pool One, and put them within touching distance of the knock-outs.

    This game was rescheduled after the original fixture, due to take place on October 16th, was postponed due to the sudden death of Anthony Foley.

    Foley's death stunned rugby but it has had a galvanising effect on Munster - Rassie Erasmus's side have been inspired since October, both domestically and on the continent.

    We will be bringing you all of the action from the Stade Yves-Du-Manoir throughout the afternoon, so get settled and look forward to a Munster win to keep the January blues at bay.

    Come on!



    Munster: Simon Zebo; Andrew Conway, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell, Ronan O’Mahony; Tyler Bleyendaal, Conor Murray; James Cronin, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Donnacha Ryan, Billy Holland; Peter O’Mahony (c), Tommy O’Donnell, CJ Stander. Replacements: Rhys Marshall, Dave Kilcoyne, Stephen Archer, Dave Foley, Jack O’Donoghue, Duncan Williams, Keith Earls, Francis Saili.

    Racing 92: Juan Imhoff; Joe Rokocoko, Casey Laulala, Anthony Tuitavke, Teddy Thomas; Benjamin Dambielle, Xavier Chauveau; Khatchik Vartanov, Camille Chat, Luc Ducalcon, Gerbrandt Grobler, Francois van der Merwe, Chris Masoe (c), Matthieu Voisin, Antonie Claassen. Replacements: Virgile Lacombe, Julien Brugnaut, Cedate Gomes Sa, Ali Williams, So’otala Fa’aso’o, James Hart, Dan Carter, Henry Chavancy

  • When Munster originally travelled to Paris last year this fixture looked to be their toughest Champions Cup assignment. However, with Racing now languishing at the bottom of the pool with three losses from three this looks to be a far more manageable task.  

    Rassie Erasmus has made a number of changes from the side which won an arm wrestle with Connacht at the Sportsground last time out. Jaco Taute - who will stay with the province until the end of the season after his loan deal was extended - returns to the fold today, with Francis Saili dropping to the bench. Tommy O'Donnell has been passed fit for the visitors, while Simon Zebo and Conor Murray also start.

    Dan Carter starts on the bench for Racing, however Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko are back in the starting XV.

  • Pre-match reading?

    You can see Gerry Thornley's match preview HERE.

    And he has also spoken to Racing coach and Munster legend Ronan O'Gara about Racing, Europe and Foley. You can read that HERE.

  • In the Pro 12 champions Connacht have been beaten 29-7 by the Ospreys in Swansea.
  • The teams are in the tunnel. Peter O'Mahony leads Munster today.
  • The two sides form huddles as both sets of supporters start a minute's applause - Racing fans hold red flares in the air.
  • And now, it's time for the rugby.
  • Bleyendaal has the ball in hand - we're off!
  • 1 min: Racing receive the kick and keep it tight before Chauveau clears at the second phase. Munster take a quick lineout and work their way right and into Racing territory.
  • 2 min: Lightning start from Munster. They work the space on the right and O'Donnell dummies and slips a tackle before offloadnig to Bleyendaal on his inside shoulder. Munster's outhalf looks to he through but he is excellently hauled down by Chat.
  • 3 min: Munster solid at theit first scrum and continue to press inside the Racing 92, but they concede a penalty and the hosts can clear their lines.
  • 4 min: Both sides exchange kicks until Zebo is outjumped and hooker Chat secures it in the loose. Racing probing around the 10 and Carter's replacement Dambielle tries to pin one behind Zebo, but it's straight into the breadbasket and Zebo calls an easy mark.
  • 6 min: O'Donnell reads the Racing lineout but spills forward at the base. Chat's throw was wonky though - Munster lineout.
  • 7 min: Munster's set piece is solid and Ryan plucks the ball out of the sky. The visitors run the phases and are awarded a penalty on halfway after Masoe goes high on O'Donnell. There is now zero tolerance on high tackles after World Rugby brought in new rules on Tuesday. The ball is nudged into touch.
  • 8 min: Munster set the maul on the Racing 22 but the hosts dig in. Munster told to use it and they do by keeping it in the tight.  
  • 9 min: O'Mahony and Stander make big carries - Stander arguably tackled high - before Rory Scannell kicks to touch on the far side. Chance for Munster to put pressure on the Racing lineout.
  • 10 min: Racing set the maul but excellent spoiling work from Munster sees them turn it over. Murray feeds the backline and Munster work it left before hammering their way inches short of the line.
  • 11 min: Munster keep it tight and Niall Scannell nearly worms his way over the line - Racing then give away in inevitable penalty. There's an injury to Dambielle, meaning Dan Carter gets an early introduction.

    Munster kick the penalty into the corner.

  • 11 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 0
  • 12 min: Niall Scannell hits O'Mahony and then scoots round to pick it up at the back of the Munster maul. No prizes for guessing what Munster are looking to do here - red shirts flood in trying to breach the line. Excellent defence from Racing, but they give another penalty away for offside.
  • This penalty is under the posts - O'Mahony decides Munster need to have points to show for their early dominance.

    Bleyendaal slots the kick.

    14 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 3

  • 15 min: Munster solid from the restart - Holland makes a good carry before Conway is sent haring after a Murray boxkick. Racing have possession on the halfway, Munster doing well to keep the ball slow.
  • 16 min: Sustained Racing ball but Munster are solid and eventually it's sent into the skies. Imhoff chellenges Zebo in the air and the ball goes loose - but O'Donnell pounces.
  • 17 min: Carter's little cameo has come to an end, Dambeille is back on after his HIA. Scannell  pins a lovely low kick into the Racing 22, another chance to press the set piece.
  • 18 min: More spoiling work from Munster and Bleyendaal nearly snipes in under the posts. Red shirts steam in and again Munster hammer away at Racing's line. Munster think they've scored after James Cronin burrows his way towards the line but the TMO shows he was short. Munster five metre.
  • 20 min: Good Munster shunt - scrum penalty. Think they'll fancy another go here.
  • 20 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 3
  • TRY MUNSTER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • This time the Racing scrum is solid so Murray has to use it. O'Mahony makes a big carry and an excellent clearout gives Zebo quick ball. He gets half a yard on the outside shoulder and rolls well to touch down.

    That's Zebo's 50th Munster try - he's the first man to reach that milestone for the province.  

    Bleyendaal misses the conversion.

    24 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 8

  • 26 min: Bleyendaal sticks a kick out on the full, Racing have a lineout inside the Munster 10.
  • 27 min: Racing probing and they move it right but a good double tackle from Zebo and O'Donnell sees it spilled forward. Munster scrum on the 22, solid as a rock. Bleyendaal clears.
  • 29 min: Imhoff tries a garryowen and is beaten in the air by Murray. Munster move it right to Taute and he sticks a grubber deep inside the Racing 22. Another big test for the hosts' lineout.
  • 30 min: Racing try to maul their way out of trouble. Penalty Munster after brilliant work by Ryan, spoiling through the middle.
  • 30 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 8
  • 32 min: Munster opt for a scrum and then move the ball left. They build the phases and Stander nearly bursts the dam with a typically bullocking carry. Murray then nearly sneaks over - play will come back for another penalty.
  • Easy three points for Bleyendaal.

    34 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 11

  • TRY MUNSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • CJ STANDER YOU MONSTER! Stander charges down a Racing kick and Rory Scannell is onto the scraps. Quick Munster ball and Stander turns on the gas before muscling his way over the line. Great score.

    Bleyendaal converts.

    36 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 18

  • 38 min: Racing running from deep trying to salvage something from a pretty miserable half. Tuitavke carries up to the 22 but he is well scragged by O'Mahony and then the ball is knocked forward.
  • TRY MUNSTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Imhoff kicks out on the full, Munster lineout just outside the Racing 22. Munster win the ball and set the maul. Murray picks and jinks down the shortside before sending through a lovely kick for Conway to tear onto and score.  

    Bleyendaal converts.

    40 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 25

  • HT: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 25
  • What a half.
  • The teams are back out. More of the same, please.
  • 40 min: Bright start from Racing and Niall Scannell is pinged for offside. Racing kick to the corner, early lineout for Munster to defend.
  • 41 min: Racing maul but Munster hold firm. Chauveau picks and tries to snipe but he's held up in the tackle. Munster look for the turnover but concede another penalty. Ball back in the corner.
  • 42 min: Racing move it left and are well inside the five but it goes loose. There's no knock on, but at the next phase it's loose again and Taute pounces for Munster. Well defended.
  • 44 min: Space for Munster on the left and Bleyendaal kicks in behind. Good scrambling cover from Racing though.
  • 46 min: Munster get good ball form the lineout and move it right, but Bleyendaal throws a loose pass when it comes back and Racing hack upfield.
  • 47 min: Racing enjoying more of the ball since the break but Munster are ferocious at the breakdown and they eventually wear the hosts' down and earn a scrum on the 10. O'Donoghue comes on for O'Donnell.
  • 49 min: Munster get pinged for feeding, but then they marmalise the Racing set piece and earn a penalty. Rory Scannell finds a good touch.
  • 50 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 25
  • 51 min: Munster retain it and plough away on the 22. Racing conced another penalty - easy three points but O'Mahony says corner.
  • 52 min: Another good lineout and Niall Scannell loops round and nurses it at the back of the maul. Gomes Sa pinged for offside and Munster have another penalty, which is nudged back into the corner.
  • 53 min: Another lineout maul but Racing are resolute. Eventually Munster move it and Zebo has half a yard but gets scragged and then his pass from the deck is wayward. Penalty Munster though after Racing collapsed the maul.
  • TRY MUNSTER!!!!!!!!
  • Another solid lineout and this time the maul gets real momentum and Niall Scannell touches down. That's the bonus point.

    Good conversion from Bleyendaal.

    55 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 32

  • 57 min: Carter is back on now. He's got a lot of work to do.

    O'Mahony a menace on the ground again to earn Munster another turnover and scrum.

  • 59 min: Another scrum penalty, another kick into the corner, another big chance for the Munster pack.
  • 60 min: Munster maul slightly further out this time but O'Mahony carries up to the five from a standing start. They move it left and Conway nearly squeezes through, before Racing knock on. Munster retain inside the Racing 22 - until for once the visitors concede a penalty of their own.
  • 60 MIN: RACING 92 0 MUNSTER 32
  • 61 min: Racing lineout on halfway - Ryan spoils it. It's kicked down the touchline for new man Earls who gathers well but just strays into touch.
  • Racing stab a kick through and there's a ricochet, with Zebo missing the loose ball. Imhoff tears after it and hacks ahead before getting a tug off Conway. Voisin reads it though and scoops up the bouncing ball to cross. It's a lucky score - and Racing certainly needed some luck.

    Can Carter convert? Of course he can.

    64 MIN: RACING 92 7 MUNSTER 32

  • 69 min: Racing maul just outside the Munster 22 but again it's picked off. It goes forward though and Racing have a scrum. It's been a better half for the hosts, but Munster have still been comfortable.
  • 70 MIN: RACING 92 7 MUNSTER 32
  • 71 min: Carter nearly dances through a gap on halfway but his offload is picked off by Marshall. He finds Earls who shows lovely feet to dance infield and then a Zebo carry gets Munster up to the 22. Racing turn it over but there's a knock on in the tackle - Munster scrum out on the right on the 22.
  • 72 min: Huge shunts form Stander and then Kilcoyne get Munster within five of another score. They keep it in the tight looking to force their way over. When they eventually move it Saili knocks on from a Rory Scannell offload.
  • 75 min: Williams picks and works the shortside from another Munster scrum and slips it to Bleyendaal. He looks for Earls tight on the line but he runs out of room and is hauled into touch.
  • 78 min: The game predictably loose and ragged now, with any fluency long since gone. The ref plays a huge knock on advantage in favour of Racing and they will have a scrum just shy of the Munster 22.
  • 79 min: The Racing crowd think they have a last gasp score but they get pulled back for crossing. One second to play.
  • FT: RACING 92 7 MUNSTER 32
  • Munster are now three points clear at the top of Pool One.
  • Thanks for joining this afternoon as Munster delivered another huge European performance.

    See you next weekend as the Champions Cup resumes.