Owens in awe of Racing quality


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."