Racing knock out Leicester

Date published: January 14 2017

A disappointing Leicester were dumped out of the Champions Cup on Saturday as they lost 34-3 to Racing 92 at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

After a few early chances for the hosts, Racing eventually took the lead with a try from Xavier Chauveau. Some nice work from the French forwards was finished off with the young scrum-half diving over.

The French side continued to press, a Dan Carter penalty was followed by their second try. A loose pass from Leicester was picked up by Marc Andreu and the winger had a free run in to the line, opening up a 15 point lead.

Leicester eventually got on the scoreboard with a penalty from Freddie Burns. However just before half time, Racing scored their third try. Some powerful play from the Racing pack ended with Gerbrandt Grobler powering over to give his side a 22-3 lead going into the break.

Racing started the second half as they finished the first, and secured their bonus point with a penalty try after Leicester's Will Evans collapsed a rolling maul. The Tigers back-row was shown yellow and Racing extended their lead to 26 points after Carter's conversion.

Minutes later Racing were reduced to 14 men for the same offence, with flanker Antonie Claassen shown the yellow card. Neither side was able to score with 14 men, including a near score for Leicester but Racing kept them out.

As the half wore on, Racing began to slow the game down, denying the Tigers a chance to gain momentum.

Finally, after a period of play camped in Leicester's 22, Racing finished the game off. The ball was worked across the backline and tidily finished off by Andreu for his second of the game to compile the misery on the Tigers.

The defeat ends any hope of qualification for Leicester, after Munster edged out Glasgow earlier in the day.

The scorers:

For Racing 92:
Tries: Chauveau, Andreu 2, Grobler, Penalty Try
Cons: Carter 3
Pen: Carter
Yellow Card: Claassen

For Leicester:
Pen: Burns
Yellow Card: Evans

Racing 92: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Albert Vulivuli, 11 Marc Andreu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Xavier Chauveau, 8 So'otala Fa'aso'o, 7 Matthieu Voisin, 6 Antonie Claassen, 5 Francois van der Merwe, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Luc Ducalcon, 2 Virgile Lacombe, 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Viliamu Afatia, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Ali Williams, 20 Olivier Missoup, 21 James Hart, 22 Benjamin Dambielle, 23 Teddy Thomas

Leicester Tigers: 15 Mathew Tait, 14 Adam Thompstone, 13 Peter Betham, 12 Matt Smith, 11 Tom Brady, 10 Freddie Burns, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Will Evans, 6 Mike Williams, 5 Graham Kitchener, 4 Ed Slater, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs (c), 1 Ellis Genge
Replacements: 16 Harry Thacker, 17 Greg Bateman, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Mike Fitzgerald, 20 Luke Hamilton, 21 Jono Kitto, 22 Sam Harrison, 23 Jack Roberts

Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (Wales), Gwyn Morris (Wales)
TMO: Jonathan Mason (Wales)