Planet Rugby

Preview: Racing Métro v Clermont

07th February 2013 17:31

Share:

Jonathan Wisniewski Racing Clermont

On the up: Racing host Clermont

Clermont travel to Paris to face Racing Métro on Friday looking to stay in touch with Top 14 leaders Toulon.

With the domestic league clashing with the Six Nations this weekend, there are plenty of star names missing from the respective team sheets but Clermont still arrive in the French capital with a starting XV featuring 11 internationals.

Les Jaunards dropped to third in the standings, seven points behind Toulon, after their loss in Perpignan last time out.

After a mid-season slump that saw them drop to the bottom quarter of the standings, Racing have bounced back with four wins in their last five starts, including an impressive victory in Toulon.

Racing meanwhile are looking to break into the top half of the standings but will take plenty of confidence out of their previous meeting with Clermont when they came desperately close to becoming the first team to win at Stade Marcel Michelin in three years.

Clermont needed a late penalty from Morgan Parra to sneak home on that occasion but they won't have the French international this time, meaning Ludovic Radosavljevic will start at scrum-half.

At full-back Anthony Floch has been preferred to Jean-Marcelin Buttin.

For Racing, Olly Barkley is at inside centre with Jonathan Wisniewski their fly-half and Juan Martin Hernandez at full-back.

The teams:

Racing Métro 92: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Julien Jane, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Sebastien Descons, 8 Jacques Cronje, 7 Bernard Le Roux, 6 Antoine Battut, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Fabrice Metz , 3 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 2 Benjamin Noirot, 1 Julien Brugnaut.
Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Francois Van der Merwe, 19 Jone Qovu, 20 Mathieu Belie, 21 Guillaume Bousses, 22 Masinivanua Matadigo, 23 Mikaele Tuugahala.

ASM Clermont Auvergne: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Naipolioni Nalaga, 13 Aurelien Rougerie, 12 Regan King, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Brock James, 9 Ludovic Radosavljevic, 8 Julien Bonnaire, 7 Alexandre Lapandry, 6 Gerhard Vosloo, 5 Nathan Hines, 4 Jamie Cudmore, 3 Daniel Kotze, 2 Ti'i Paulo, 1 Raphael Chaume.
Replacements: 16 Benoit Cabello, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Elvis Vermeulen, 20 Kevin Senio, 21 Benson Stanley, 22 Jean Marcellin Buttin, 23 Adrien Oleon.

Previous result Clermont won 13-12
Date: Friday, February 8
Venue: Stade Yves Du Manoir - Colombes (Paris)
Kick-off: 20:50 local (19.50 GMT)
Referee: Salem Attalah

  • Top 14 Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
Saturday , May 3
Toulouse vs Grenoble15:00
Toulon vs Stade Francais15:00
Montpellier vs Racing Metro Paris15:00
More Top 14 fixtures
  • Top 14 Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Top 14
Saturday , April 12
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Friday , April 11
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
Saturday , April 5
Oyonnax 26 - 12 Bordeaux-BeglesOyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
Saturday , March 29
Stade Francais 22 - 32 Racing Metro ParisStade Francais vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Oyonnax 40 - 13 Grenoble
More Top 14 results
  • Top 14 Table
Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Montpellier2470
2Toulon2469
3Clermont Auvergne2469
4Racing Metro Paris2465
5Toulouse2462