Owens in awe of Racing quality

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Scarlets captain Ken Owens says Racing 92 are the team to beat in this year's European Champions Cup after the Welsh side were hammered 64-14 on Sunday.

Racing ran in nine tries in the comprehensive victory in Paris, Casey Laulala grabbing a hat-trick and World Cup-winning fly-half Dan Carter kicking 13 points.

The win secured the Top 14 side's quarter-final place, while Scarlets - who had no answer to their opponents' power and pace - are out of Europe and set to finish bottom of Pool 3.

"It's difficult to stop a side like Racing - they've got the complete package," Owens was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"They are the best team in Europe.

"Saracens in England are up there, playing very good stuff. But I think Racing, with the squad they've got, the calibre of player and the different variations in their game, have the edge.

"Carter coming in, plenty of experience, a ball-player, really organising the backs - he's made a big difference to their back line.

"He allows players to play off him and his organisation - you could just hear him talking - he's a huge asset to any team. He's the best player in the world and it shows."