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  • Le Roux,
    Penalty goals: Dambielle,
8 - 32

Harlequins

  • Easter, Evans, Dickson, Walker,
    Penalty goals: Evans (2),
    Conversions: Evans (3),
  • Heineken Cup
  • Pool 4
  • 7th Dec 2013
  • KO 15:40
  • Ground: Olympique Yves du Manoir
  • Att: 29,382

Racing Metro v Harlequins - Live

Last updated: 7th December 2013  

Full Time FULL-TIME: RACING METRO 8-32 HARLEQUINS

80 Oh dear. The ball is given away to Robshaw, Quins embark on a 70m counter-attack before Jonny Sexton gets bundled into touch. The final whistle blows, and heralds the climax of a simply stunning performance from Harlequins. A huge victory for the vistors that takes them up to second-place in Pool 4. Thanks for joining us.

80 Scrum penalty for Racing, they go quickly, but lose the ball to Quins. The resultant breakdown is messy, but we'll have another scrum 5 to the hosts. This will be the last play of the match.

78 Phillips makes a powerful burst to within a yard, and Mr Hodges takes a tumble before awarding Racing a penalty and issuing a warning to Robshaw.

77 Play briefly paused in the Quins 22 as Lauret receives treatment for a bloodied nose and a painful blow to a rather delicate area. We resume with a Racing scrum, 10m out.

75 Evans punt downfield rolls too far, and Hernandez scoops it up while still moving with his foot over the dead ball line. Scrum on the Quins 22, and a chance for the hosts to restore some pride.

74 The kick drifts wide from Evans, but it matters not a jot. We're into the final six minutes here, and this one will go down in Quins history.

TRY73 TRY, DICKSON, HARLEQUINS! The driving maul bears fruit, and the icing is liberally slapped on the cake here in Nantes. A thumping bonus point win over Racing.

72 Yet another Quins penalty metres from the Racing line, and Mr Hodges warns the Frenchmen of the consequences of further infringements. Evans dinks into the corner again as the visitors continue to seek that bonus point.

70 Another Quins penalty on halfway, this time, as Racing are guilty of using their hands in the ruck. Evans takes play down into the home 22 as we enter the final ten minutes.

68 Turnover ball, though, and here go Racing with Sexton and Phillips instrumental in a 60m turnaround. But that's a great bit of defence from Mike Brown, who wins the penalty against the Welshman for holding on.

66 Van der Merwe in from the side at that maul, and we have another lineout on the 5m line after that penalty. It's scrappy, knocked on by Racing and Quins have it back, desperately pounding the line.

65 Scrum penalty for the visitors, and Evans drills it into the corner. Lineout 6m from the line, looking for a massive bonus point.

64 Mike Phillips is on for his Racing debut, which probably brings the biggest cheer of the evening from the home crowd. Sexton on the trademark runaround from the first-phase scrum possession, but the move is curtailed by Hernandez's spill. A day to forget for the Argentine.

62 Walker spills the ball in midfield, though, and Racing will have the scrum.

61 And Racing turn the ball over their own 22, giving Quins a chance to attack and bag a try bonus point.

60 Touchline conversion from the Irish play-maker drifts wide of the uprights. Still a big old deficit for the hosts to overcome.

TRY59 TRY, RACING METRO, LE ROUX! A lifeline for Racing off the back of that maul, as the forwards peel down the blindside and the flanker gets over the line.

59 The floated cross-kick from Sexton just evades Imhoff after the initial maul was stopped by Quins. But we're going back for another home penalty for an infringement at that maul. Sexton puts it out again.

57 Another penalty for Racing 30m out, in front of the posts, after Quins tackler fails to release. Sexton puts it in the corner, and Racing really need to score from this lineout, 5m from the visitors' line.

55 Racing a bit more fluid with the introduction of Sexton in the pivot position, but they've been turned over by Ward on halfway. Quins in possession in midfield, before Care and Hernandez exchange kicks. The visitors' penalised on the right hand side, halfway line, for going off their feet at the breakdown, though.

53 Easter fumbles off the back of the scrum, and we'll come back for that knock-on as Dumoulin's floating pass drifts forward.

51 Racing regain possession, but, surprise-surprise, knock-on with Sexton and Dumoulin unable to link. Sums up the disjointed nature of this Racing side.

50 Lineout stolen by Quins, and a bit of back and forth kicking gives the Premiership side a decent gain in ground. They have the lineout 5m inside the Racing half.

49 Once again, Racing knock-on in attack and surrender possession to Quins on the visitors' 10m line. Evans' kick is misjudge, though, and we'll come back for a home lineout.

Conversion46 CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! The Kiwi knocks over the conversion from out wide. 27-3. Wow

TRY45 TRY, HARLEQUINS, WALKER! It's another Hernandez howler as the full-back misses the up and under, allowing Walker to collect the loose ball and sprint home from some 35m. Some lead now!

Penalty44 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! Evans knocks over an early penalty for Quins

42 We're back underway here in Nantes with Irish fly-half Jonny Sexton off the bench at half-time to restart the game. Oh dear, the Quins receivers totally miss the ball, and Racing have an immediate chance to start the second half with a bang. But they lose the penalty at the ruck for holding on, great work from the visitors once more.

40 We're back underway here in Nantes with Irish fly-half Jonny Sexton off the bench at half-time to restart the game.

Half Time RACING METRO 3-17 HARLEQUINS

Penalty40 PENALTY, RACING METRO, DAMBIELLE! With the last kick of the half, Dambielle lands a cracking penalty attempt to put his side on the board. Bizzarely lacklustre performance from the hosts, but take nothing away from an excellent opening forty from Quins. We're all set for an intriguing second-half.

40 Racing regain possession, but are turned over after a couple of phases. Quins guilty of coming in off their feet, though, and the hosts have a penalty just inside the away half. It's a long way out, but Dambielle will take it on.

39 That was Andreu's last act as the diminutive winger is replaced by Imhoff, struggling with an injury. Jonny Sexton is also preparing to come on with the hope of sparking this Racing side. As I type that, the hosts spill the ball again, and Quins have a scrum on halfway in the last minute of the half.

38 No they can't as Quins pinch the ball from the ruck and bring it out of defence. Robson and Brown carrying well, but Evans makes his first mistake of the game as his kick is charged down. Andreu counters and grubbers into the in-goal, but Walker beats him to the loose ball.

37 Here come Racing again with a great show and go from Dambielle, and they power into the 22. The hosts at long last starting to play some rugby. Can they get on the scoreboard?

36 Finally, Racing look interested with a big midfield break from Le Roux, but the ball is spilled on the Quins 22 by Andreu. Play is stopped for Puma Hernandez to receive treatment.

35 Quins have possession in the Racing 22 again, and they are causing more problems. But Racing scramble well this time, and win a penalty for holding on. Breathing space for the Parisians.

33 Evans once again drifting a great punt into the corners, and keeping Racing in their own 22. Smart rugby.

Conversion32 CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! No problem for Evans in adding the extras, and once again, Dambielle puts the kick out on the full. Racing just not in this game at all, and it's showing.

TRY30 TRY, HARLEQUINS, EASTER! The veteran back-row takes fine midfield line to power over from 10m. This was not in the script, but what a start for Quins!

29 Hopper adjudged to have been in touch just milliseconds before grounding the ball, and Racing have the lineout. But, their maul is wrapped up by Quins and they now face defending a scrum-5. Yet another chance for the visitors to extend their lead.

28 Oh my, it looks like Quins may have scored again! Great play from Evans once more, and Hopper is in at the corner. We go to the TMO...

27 Mike Brown's grubber through puts Hernandez under pressure again, and Dambielle manages to gather Machenaud's poor pass to clear. Quins again with good field position.

26 Another knock-on from Racing as they look to attack in midfield. The Parisian outfit very off the pace in this first-half. Quins have the scrum just inside their own half.

Penalty25 PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! Lovely strike from the fly-half, and Quins have a 10 point lead in Nantes. Couldn't have wished for a better scoreline after 25 minutes.

23 And they win the scrum penalty as the Racing front-row pops up. Chance for Evans to claim three points from the right-hand-side.

22 Another fine touch from Evans trickles the ball into the corner, and the mercurial Hernandez is rather lacklustre when fielding. He knocks-on, and Quins have a scrum 10m from the Racing line. Big chance again.

Conversion20 CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! Simple conversion for the Kiwi, and Quins reap the rewards of their early pressure. Dambielle's restart flies out on the full.

TRY19 TRY, HARLEQUINS, EVANS! Wonderful from the All Black! Good pressure built from Quins on the Racing 22, Evans spotted the gap in midfield, broke the line, and rounded the despairing Hernandez. Lovely try under the posts for the visitors, and we have our first points of the game.

17 A bit of aerial ping-pong here in Nantes ends with Estebanez putting the ball out 30m from his own line. Good gain in ground for Quins after withstanding the home attack.

15 Ball stolen by Fall on the right touchline, and the winger kicks through up to the Quins line. Quins clear, but the home pressure piles on once again, before a handling error allows Care to thump it away. Racing have it back on half-way and look to build their first sustained period of pressure.

14 Evans' attempted cross-kick comfortably taken by Dambielle, and the fly-half clears away. Quick lineout from the Quins and they attack again on the home 10m line.

11 Great break from Care off the back of that scrum with an arcing run, but his offload falls only to the hulking Qovu. Machenaud cleans from his own line, and Quins have the chance to attack from the lineout 35m out.

9 Quins win the penalty on half-way, and kick to the corner. Good defence from Racing, though, and we have a Quins scrum on the 22.

7 Hopper spills for the second time in a dangerous position, though, and things break down again. Handbags between Kruger and Hopper, and we'll have a scrum on the home 22, centre-field.

5 We wait several minutes for the right footage, and eventually play is resumed with a Quins penalty for side entry at the ruck. Fine kick from Evans gives Quins the lineout in the Racing 22.

5 Scrappy attack from the hosts, but play is paused by Mr Hodges to check an incident with the TMO. He wants to look at a clear-out from Kruger at a previous ruck.

3 Early penalty for Racing as Quins fail to release the ball in the tackle. Dambielle brings play to within 30m of the visitors' line.

2 Free-kick for an early drive at that scrum, but the chance to strike first is squandered by a Hopper knock-on.

1 Nick Evans gets us underway here in France, and immediately Quins win a scrum on the home 22.

0 The teams are out, and we're having a minute's silence to honour the great Nelson Mandela who passed away this week.

0 Harlequins have named an unchanged backline from the one that overcame Newcastle, with veteran Nick Easter restored to his favoured number eight position among the forwards.

0 Mike Phillips makes his Racing debut, with Jonny Sexton on the bench and Juan Martin Hernandez staring at full-back for the hosts.

0 Welcome to Paris and our live commentary of Racing Metro's Heineken Cup clash with Harlequins. Quins desperately in need of a win after losing their opening two fixtures, but face a major challenge in visiting the home of the big-spending French outfit, who now seek a return on their sizeable pre-season investments.

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