Kolisi Watches On As Racing Take Top 14 Summit With Stade Francais Win
Umer Jamshaid Published November 18, 2023 | 10:50 PM
Paris, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Nov, 2023) South Africa's two-time Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi watched in the stands as his new club Racing 92 beat local rivals Stade Francais 13-9 on Saturday to move to the summit of the French Top 14.
Racing's victory in rainy conditions moves them above Stade Francais to the top of the table based on their head-to-head record.
"I've been involved in many big derbies internationally with England-Wales, England-France, or club level with Leinster-Munster, and it's right up there feeling in the changing room," said Racing coach Stuart Lancaster.
"It wasn't perfect, but I felt all the big players stood up and played and we deserved it in the end," the former England and Leinster boss added.
Stade Francais fly-half Joris Segonds made it a one-point game just after the interval with his third penalty of the match.
Racing, champions in 2016, held on for victory, an eighth straight at their rivals' Stade Jean-Bouin, as promising French scrum-half Nolann Le Garrec kicked a 54th-minute penalty.
Third-placed Pau, the surprise package this season, can leapfrog Stade Francais and Racing to the top spot if they beat Bayonne.
France captain Antoine Dupont unusually starts at fly-half as Toulouse heads to Castres, days after it was announced the playmaker would miss a big chunk of the 15-a-side season to prepare to play sevens at next summer's Paris Olympic Games.