Racing 92 make winning return, Saints march on in Glasgow


Racing 92 coped with being a man down for most of the second half to belatedly kick off their European Rugby Champions Cup campaign with a 29-12 victory over the Scarlets on Saturday.

This month's terror attacks in Paris prompted the postponement of Racing's scheduled opener against Glasgow Warriors last weekend, along with all other European fixtures set to be played in France.

But last season's quarter-finalists returned to action with a confident win at Parc y Scarlets - despite having flanker Bernard Le Roux sent off three minutes into the second period.

Luckily for Racing, they had opened up a 26-0 advantage prior to Le Roux seeing red for a stamp on Scarlets front-row Phil John.

Maxime Machenaud set the ball rolling, before Joe Rokocoko, Chris Masoe and Marc Andreu went over to clinch a bonus point.

Aled Thomas closed the gap with a try after Racing were reduced to 14 men and, when Ben Tameifuna was sin-binned with 15 minutes to go, Lewis Rawlins powered over to close the gap yet further.

But that was the sum of the Scarlets' fightback - Johan Goosen wrapping up the win with a late penalty, consigning the hosts to a second Pool Three defeat in as many matches.

Northampton Saints top the pool following a 26-15 victory at Glasgow, while Bath left Leinster in a sticky situation in Pool Five with a 19-16 win at the Recreation Ground.

England fly-half George Ford contributed 14 points for Bath, his decisive 76th-minute kick coming after opposite number Jonathan Sexton had missed a chance to move Leinster into the lead with a failed penalty attempt from 55 metres.

Toulouse held off the challenge of Oyonnax to register their first victory of the competition - a 24-18 home win - and Leicester Tigers maintained their 100 per cent record with a 36-3 triumph at Benetton Treviso.

In the day's remaining match, Exeter Chiefs beat Bordeaux-Begles 34-19 at Sandy Park, Henry Slade impressing following his switch to fly-half.