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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 1
- 12th Jan 2013
- KO 15:40
- Att: 30,000
Racing-Metro v Saracens - Live
Full-time Racing Métro 28-37 Saracens
80 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 28-37 Farrell lands his toughest penalty of the whole match from a tough angle to secure the win! Great performance from Saracens, poor discipline from Metro. A real thriller in Nantes.
78 YELLOW CARD, RACING MÉTRO, NOIROT! Saracens drop out and Racing have to start again. Fall up to halfway - flag out from the assistant and the replacement Noirot for Racing is yellow carded!
77 Racing dominant at the scrum and they win the penalty. Lick to the corner... Hernandez misses the touchline. Unforgivable.
75 Szarzewski and Ducalcon depart - scrum to Racing 40 metres out.
74 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 28-34 England's number ten finds the points once again and the lead is stretched to six with five minutes remaining.
73 Olly Barkley replaces Chavancy as John Smit comes on for Saracens. Fall hands off Farrell in his 22, risky play and it doesn't pay off as Saracens win one more penalty at the breakdown.
72 Half gap for Chavancy but Saracens recover - Estebanez looks for territory and Wyles fields the kick, too deep though and Racing will have the dropout.
70 Good counter drive from Métro stops the Saracens maul - wide ball to Barritt who offloads and Wyles is five metres short of the line. Loose ball and Descons hacks clear. Ashton gathers and attempts a grubber to the corner, but the ball drops dead.
68 Ashton returns as Saracens win another breakdown penalty. Going for the killer blow with a lineout five metres out. Loop from Farrell but there's no room for Saracens yet. Farrell in the pocket... drop goal falls wide to the right. Bobo clears to touch.
66 Racing now building the phases in Saracens half but the ball is loose and Farrell hacks on. Racing recover but Descons' box kick is charged down and Saracens attack.
65 Racing this time with the drive at the scrum - Brugnaut comes on for Ben Arous and his experience gets the penalty.
62 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 28-31 Punishing maul from Saracens, before Tomkins has a crack. Racking up the phases and they win the penalty on the edge of the 22, Qovu the culprit. Farrell converts.
59 Saracens on the attack now, racking up the phases through the forwards in Racing's half. Loose ball hacked on by Racing and Imhoff gets to the ball, but Ducalcon stops the Saracens tackler getting to his feet and it's a penalty. Farrell clears.
56 PENALTY, RACING MÉTRO, DESCONS! 28-28 Scores are level as Descons lands the resulting kick from around 30 metres out.
56 YELLOW CARD, SARACENS, ASHTON! England winger Chris Ashton sin-binned for "punching" - harsh call but the decision is made.
55 Farrell with the bomb from a free kick but safely gathered by Jacques Cronje who thunders the ball back. Estebanez breaks and de Kock puts in a great tap tackle on Imhoff. Fraser turns the ball over but Métro win the penalty.
52 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 25-28 More hard work from the Saracens pack and the win another scrum penalty - Farrell in a good position makes no mistake.
51 Bomb from Farrell causes Fall all sorts of problems and he knocks on - scrum to Saracens inside the Racing 22.
49 Turnover by Saracens but the chip from Brits is collected by Fall. Matadigo forced into touch on the right hand side, lineout to Saracens.
46 TRY, SARACENS, WYLES! 25-25 Fine kick from Hernandez clears the pressure on Racing... but the ball was carried back in. Saracens with the lineout on the Métro 22 - space for Saracens and Wyles on the right who scores! Good work from Joel Tomkins. Farrell converts.
44 Little ground made by Racing in midfield, Hernandez kicking deep and Wyles has plenty of time to call the mark. Kicking from both sides before the ball breaks for Bobo who steps through plenty of tacklers.
42 Driving maul from a lineout for Racing - Hernandez cutting infield but Métro have the penalty. Vunipola on for Gill.
40 Farrell gets us started again in Nantes.
Half-time Racing Métro 25-18 Saracens
40 High kick is gathered by Wyles but the ball isn't coming back and that's half-time. Entertaining spectacle with Racing playing all the rugby but Saracens capitalising on a huge amount of errors from the hosts. Close second half awaits.
38 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 25-18 Fraser returns from the bin - powerful drive from the Saracens pack at the scrum with the man advantage Farrell gets another shot at goal. No problem.
35 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 25-15 Five from five for England's fly-half, closing the gap on Métro to ten points.
33 YELLOW CARD, RACING MÉTRO, QOVU! Tomkins clings on to a flat pass as Saracens attack - Alain Rolland gives a shrill blast and Qovu heads straight to the bin for illegal use of the shoulder on Farrell. Cheap shot.
31 Attack from Saracens down the left touchline, turned over by Racing however who win the penalty - good work from Ben Arous.
29 PENALTY, RACING MÉTRO, DESCONS! 25-12 Rhys Gill goes off his feet at the ruck and Descons finds another three points. High tempo opening 30 minutes.
27 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 22-12 Another infringement inside the Racing 22 and Farrell is at it again, hosts doing themselves no favours despite having scored three tries.
25 PENALTY, RACING MÉTRO, DESCONS! 22-9 Descons lands the resulting penalty to stretch the lead for the hosts.
24 YELLOW CARD, SARACENS, FRASER! Poor tackle from Will Fraser on Hernandez and the Saracens openside is sent to the bin.
23 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 19-9 Same old story as Racing are penalised at the breakdown, Farrell converting.
21 TRY, RACING MÉTRO, IMHOFF! 19-6 Overlap down the left for Racing and Ben Arous kicks through after a burst of pace. Ball comes right and some magic from Hernandez releases Imhoff! Another score for Racing!
19 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 12-6 Penalty to Saracens from the restart and Farrell makes no mistake.
16 TRY, RACING MÉTRO, IMHOFF! 12-3 Ashton threads a ball through leading to a lineout outside the Racing 22. Safely taken and Descons clears, Ashton knocking on and Racing break, wide to Imhoff who thunders into the corner! Great score from the Argentinian winger.
15 Métro forcing Saracens backwards in attack, forcing Farrell to kick with Fall making the catch. High tackle on Juan Imhoff from Kelly Brown leads to a penalty.
13 Taylor catches a high kick down the left touchline as Saracens attack - the kick behind going dead for a 22 dropout to Racing.
12 Métro pinged for not rolling away and Farrell finds touch on the Saracens 10 metre line.
10 PENALTY, SARACENS, FARRELL! 7-3 Shot at goal for England fly-half Owen Farrell from 43 metres out - curled inside the uprights and Saracens are on the board.
9 Saracens scrum after Métro knock-on fielding an up and under from Wyles, and the English side win the penalty.
7 TRY, RACING MÉTRO, DUCALCON! 7-0 Scrum to Métro after Saracens knock-on in the tackle. Good hands from the prop Ben Arous as Racing surge forward and Ducalcon powers over in the left corner! Early lead for the hosts. Descons with the conversion.
5 Free kick to Métro from the scrum - Estebanez threads a kick through and Wyles clears to touch still in Saracens territory.
4 Strettle replaced by Duncan Taylor as we get back underway in Nantes after a lengthy break.
4 Stretcher on for Strettle - who was recalled to the England squad earlier this week. Heavy hit and play has been stopped for a few minutes.
4 Whistles from the crowd for a late hit on Bobo, but nothing coming from the referee. Attack from Saracens down the left comes to night and David Strettle receives treatment.
2 Saracens pinged for obstruction in midfield, Schalk Brits looking for a gap but falling short. Loose Racing lineout is fielded by England Saxons squad member Will Fraser.
1 Hernandez gets us started. Saracens winning a penalty at the breakdown inside their own half and Farrell finds a good touch outside Racing's 22.
Weather A picture perfect afternoon in Nantes, sunshine and a brisk seven degrees.
Team News Chris Ashton, Richard Wigglesworth, Rhys Gill and Mouritz Botha all return to the starting line-up for Saracens from the side that beat Sale Sharks last weekend.
Team News Juan Martin Hernandez starts at fly-half for Racing Métro. Sebastien Descons replaces injured France scrum-half Maxime Machenaud to partner Hernandez at half-back, with Benjamin Fall moving to full-back.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes for Saturday's Heineken Cup clash between Racing Métro and Saracens.
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