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European Champions Cup: Racing 92 beat Munster to arrange Leinster closing

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European Champions Cup: Racing 92 beat Munster to arrange Leinster closing

Racing had been so dominant Thomas turned down the prospect of a 20-minute hat-trick to present Machenaud his first-half attempt
European Champions Cup semi-final
Racing 92 (24) 27
Tries: Thomas 2, Machenaud Cons: Machenaud 3 Pen: Machenaud 2
Munster (3) 22
Tries: Zebo, Marshall, Conway Cons: Hanrahan 2 Pen: Keatley

Racing 92 will play Leinster within the European Champions Cup closing after a sensational first-half efficiency blew Munster away in Bordeaux.

Teddy Thomas scored twice in a blinding begin by Racing after which arrange Maxime Machenaud when already over the road.

All Munster needed to present at half-time was an Ian Keatley penalty.

Munster improved after the break and Simon Zebo went over however regardless of late tries from Rhys Marshall and Andrew Conway, they by no means regarded like profitable.

It means the Parisians will journey to Bilbao on 12 Could for his or her second Champions Cup closing to face Leinster, who produced a formidable efficiency of their very own to beat Scarlets 38-16 on Saturday.

Racing stormed out of the blocks and crossed after 5 minutes when Thomas hit a Virimi Vakatawa go at velocity.

The France winger added his second from a cultured Vakatawa break, shortly after Keatley’s penalty had acquired Munster on the board, earlier than teeing up Machenaud for the third Racing attempt inside 23 minutes.

Machenaud elevated the deficit to 24 factors with penalties both aspect of the half, placing the sport past Munster regardless of the Irish province’s late response.

With Marc Andreu sin-binned for Racing – who introduced on Dan Carter halfway by the second half – Munster made their numerical benefit rely as Conor Murray put Zebo in.

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The Irish province then had the momentum and a glimmer of hope when Marshall powered over with 4 minutes to go, however Conway’s 80th-minute attempt in the end proved solely a comfort.

“They began the sport like a practice on hearth,” stated Munster head coach Johann van Graan. “We regrouped at half-time and had alternatives. In a sport of this magnitude you must take these alternatives.

“Unimaginable help, unimaginable membership and unimaginable individuals. For Munster to get to the semi-final is an unimaginable achievement, nevertheless it wasn’t to be.

“We got here up perhaps one or two minutes brief. That is rugby, that is life – we’ll take it on the chin and be again subsequent yr.”

Munster: Conway; Earls, Arnold, Scannell, Wootton; Keatley, Murray; Kilcoyne, Scannell, Archer, Kleyn, Holland, O’Mahony (capt), O’Donoghue, Stander

Replacements: R Marshall, J Cronin, J Ryan, Grobler, Copeland, Hart, Hanrahan, Zebo

Racing: Dupichot; Thomas, Vakatawa, Chavancy, Andreu; Lambie, Machenaud; Ben Arous, Chat, Gomes Sa, Ryan, Nakarawa, Lauret, Le Roux, Nyanga

Replacements: Szarzewski, Kakovin, Afatia, Claassen, Chouzenoux, Iribaren, Carter, Rokocoko

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