Harlequins 17 - 3 Racing Metro Paris

Match info: Heineken Cup at The Stoop

Date: 15/12/2013 KO: 12:45 Att: 11,300

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesWalker (40)PenaltiesEvans (8, 12, 25) Botica (52)



PenaltiesSexton (60)

FT (ht: 14-0)

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  • Harlequins 17 Racing Metro 3

  • Quins take the ball through several phases with their forwards, just outside their 22 until Karl Dickson boots the ball into touch when the hooter sounds to indicate full-time. Quins are deserved winners and are still on course to reach the play-offs. Racing showed some improvement during the second half but it was not enough. Their play was littered with too many basic errors which meant they hardly troubled their hosts.

  • Racing's extended period of attack comes to nothing when Chavancy knocks on with the try-line beckoning!

  • Racing's extended period of attack comes to nothing when Chavancy knocks on with the try-line beckoning!

  • Racing are trying desperately to score their first try but they are met by a solid wall of defenders close to Quins' try-line!

  • Quins win a turnover and launch a counter-attack! Botica and Walker combine well and they are soon inside Racing's 22 but lose possession when Walker holds onto the ball on the ground.

  • Racing have upped the ante as they try to narrow the gap but once again they fail to benefit from an attack when they commit another handling error up front.

  • Quins are camped close to Racing's try-line but the visitors hold firm in defence. Racing eventually gain a reprieve when Quins are penalised after their forwards go off their feet at a ruck.

  • Racing's front row are penalised for a scrum infringement. Botica kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Quins' 10-metre line.

  • Bernard Le Roux is on off the bench and he immediately makes his presence felt with a fine break, from inside his 22! He offloads to Virgile Lacombe who goes to ground close to the halfway mark.

  • PENALTY, RACING METRO, SEXTON. 17-3. Sexton finally gets his side off the mark but there's still a lot of catching up to do.

  • Sexton takes the ball into contact but Botica and Nick Easter do well to hold him up and when the maul becomes static Quins get the put-in at the scrum.

  • Racing attack and are soon inside Quins 22. Roberts does well to get them over the advantage line before Gerondeau takes it further. Unfortunately this too reaps little reward as Karim Ghezal knocks on, shortly afterwards.

  • PENALTY, HARLEQUINS, BOTICA! 17-0. Ben Botica is on the field for Evans and he adds his first three-pointer after Soane Tonga'uiha is pinned for entering a maul from the wrong side.

  • Quins attack off a line-out midway between Racing's 22 and the halfway line. They go on the drive and Wallace controls proceedings from the base while the rest of the forwards power ahead.

  • Brown launches another attack but Chavancy does well to keep him in check. Sexton moves and tries to rip the ball from Brown, who knocks on.

  • Quins have started the second half like they finished the first! Luke Wallace, Ward and Chris Robshaw until Brown knocks on inside Racings' 22 after another blistering run.

  • Sexton gets the second half underway! His kick is a deep, hanging one which George Robson gathers just inside his 22 where he sets up a ruck.

  • Harlequins 14 Racing Metro 0

  • Evans misses the conversion and that's also the final acto fthe half as the players head inside to take a break. It's been a half where Quins' have dominated for large periods. They should have a bigger lead as they have had the bulk of the possession and were also camped in Racing's half for most of the half. The visitors defended well for most of the half and were unlucky to concede that late try.


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