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Zebo scores one of seven tries as Racing thrash Harlequins in London
Racing have achieved maximum points from the first two rounds.

RACING 92 RAN in seven tries as they thrashed Harlequins 49-7 on Sunday to stay with the Pool B pacesetters in the European Champions Cup.

Last season’s runners-up gained a bonus point to join two other French clubs, Lyon and Toulouse at the top of the 12-team pool with 10 points after two of the four rounds of games.

Racing were in control from the third minute when fullback Teddy Thomas scored in the corner.

Prop Kevin Le Guen added a second after 19 minutes after the Racing pack drove Quins back in a driving maul.

Maxime Machenaud converted both tries and kicked two penalties to put the visitors ahead 20-0 at the break but he missed three conversions in the second half.

The second half started like the first, when Racing’s Irish winger Simon Zebo crossed in the corner in the first minute.

Prop Georges-Henri Colombe secured the bonus point with a try in the 49th minute.

Scottish fly-half Finn Russell chipped over the defence for centre Donovan Taofifenua who spun through a tackle to score in the 61st minute.

Scrum-half Scott Steele replied for Quins but Racing responded with two late scores.

Teddy Baubigny, who had replaced Le Guen, smashed over in the 76th minute and Francois Trinh-Duc, who had come on for Russell, trotted over two minutes later.

Trinh Dic also converted both late tries.

“Our forwards had a lot of control in the match,” Russell told British broadcaster BT.

“Our driving mauls and our scrums, always on the front foot, we’re guaranteed to get good ball there.

“The whole pack create that strength and that power and I would imagine for teams that are facing us, it’s quite daunting. It’s a real strength.”

Leinster and Wasps lead Pool A with 10 points.

Wasps gained a hard-fought 33-14 win over Montpellier on Friday and Leinster beat Northampton Saints 35-19 on Saturday.

The weekend was, however, dominated by games that were not played.

Lyon, La Rochelle and Toulouse were awarded 28-0 victories against Glasgow Warriors, Bath and holders Exeter Chiefs after the three British clubs suffered coronavirus outbreaks.

But after Toulon refused to play at Scarlets on Friday, claiming Covid-19 “sanitary conditions were not met”, the Welsh team were awarded victory.

Toulon said on Saturday they were considering appealing the decision.

- A previous version of this article erroneously stated that Racing’s win meant Clermont could no longer reach the knockout stages. Clermont can still amass enough points to reach the last eight.

© – AFP, 2020

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