Inspired Iribaren Kicks 'two More To Go' Racing Into Saracens Semi-final
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Sun 20th September 2020 | 01:40 AM
ClermontFerrand, France, Sept 19 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2020 ) :Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren slotted 20 points to send Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup semi-finals with a 36-27 victory at Clermont on Saturday.
"We know we had three matches to climb, we've climbed one, there are two more to go," Racing coach Laurent Travers said.
"We're not going to fall into euphoria because we know what's waiting for us next weekend. We will welcome a very good team, capable of winning at Leinster," he added.
Japan's Kotaro Matsushima started at full-back for the hosts after missing last weekend's late defeat at Bayonne with a thigh issue.
Racing's Australia full-back Kurtley Beale missed out, though, after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in last Friday's thumping domestic win over Montpellier, his place taken by Ireland's Simon Zebo who was returning from injury.
The visitors raced into an 11-0 lead after 12 minutes as winger Louis Dupichot crossed and 29-year-old Iribaren slotted a pair of penalty goals.
Dupichot was then stretchered off with a leg injury and replaced by French international fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc.
- Matsushima maiden try - Iribaren and Clermont's Camille Lopez then traded penalties as the away team led 17-8 with five minutes of the half remaining.
Racing's dominance and Iribaren's solid form with the boot continued into the second half as the uncapped scrum-half added two further penalties to stretch the lead to 30-8 with 22 minutes to play.
Wesley Fofana and Japan's Kotaro Matsushima, with his first try in Clermont colours, cut the deficit before Iribaren's replacement Maxime Machenaud edged his side further ahead to 36-22 with seven minutes to go.
France winger Damian Penaud made Racing sweat by crossing with three minutes left but the Parisians held out to set up a re-run of the 2016 final against Sarries.