They too will have to wait. Like Stade Toulousain, defeated earlier on Leinster's pitch (29-13), Racing 92 missed the opportunity to secure their qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup on Saturday against the Ulster (26-22), also in Ireland.
What you must remember
It took about twenty minutes for Racing 92 to get the head out of the water. During the first quarter of an hour, the Sky and the White first sank under the Irish assaults. Result, two tries (Baloucoune, 8th, then Stockdale, 14th) and a scathing 13-0 cashed. Thanks to Vakatawa (21st) and Zebo (27th), the Parisians returned to the place. What to return to the locker room still in contact (16-10).
But their bad start of the second period was fatal. The tests of Dulin (59th) and Klemenczak (64th) were not enough. Handicapped by the absence of Teddy Thomas, Eddy Ben Arous or Camille Chat, the Parisians bow (26-22). With strong defensive and offensive bonuses, Racing 92, however, returns from Kingspan Stadium Belfast with two points and retains the top of Pool 4 (21 pts), ahead of his opponent of the day (18 pts). The men of the duo Travers-Labit will find the Scarlets Llanelli next Saturday, to ensure their qualification definitively.
The fact of the match
We play the 48th minute. Asked by Burns, Stockdale overflows Klemenczak to tap to follow, over Dulin. The rebound cheats Chavancy and Machenaud, and benefits the Irish international, who scored his second try of the day, to restore the scale in favor of the Ulstermen (23-10 after transformation). Decisive.
0/3. Finn Russell's clumsiness was costly to Racing 92. The Scottish half-open did not change any of his team's first 3 tries, leaving valuable points behind. It was Iribaren who took charge of the transformation of the fourth test in Île-de-France, with success.