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Dublin: 8 °C Thursday 19 September, 2019

Simon Zebo off to flying start in Top 14 as Racing secure opening weekend win over Toulon

The former Ireland international played 80 minutes at full-back as Racing secured an opening weekend win.

Simon Zebo.
Simon Zebo.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

SIMON ZEBO GOT off to the perfect start in the Top 14 as Racing 92 secured a 25-9 opening weekend victory over Toulon, with Scotland fly-half Finn Russell scoring two tries.

Last season’s European Champions Cup runners-up trailed 6-3 at half-time, but hit back as Russell scored 12 points in a crazy three-minute spell just after the interval.

Trailing by six points and with Racing having a man in the sin-bin, Toulon tried to force the issue in the final 20 minutes, only for Rhys Webb to literally throw away their chances of salvaging something from the game.

The Wales scrum-half’s loose pass was easily intercepted by Juan Imhoff, and the Argentinian speedster raced clear to touch down, before Russell added another conversion and penalty to finish his day with 20 points.

Zebo played 80 minutes at full-back during the win on Saturday night, with Donnacha Ryan also starting for the French club.

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