Racing turn to rebound from Euro reduction in Top14 fight
PARIS – Racing 92 don’t have any time for you to lick their wounds after defeat by Saracens within the European Cup final, skipper Dimitri Szarzewski insisting the Parisian club will go full-scale to clinch the very best 14 title.
Racing 92 skipper Dimitri Szarzewski (L) was adamant the climate among his Racing teammates was good regardless of the European Cup defeat
That task begins with a house match against Pau on Saturday because the race to clinch among the top six spots for that play-offs gets hotter.
Racing presently sit in 4th put on 68 points behind leaders Clermont (79 points), lately-topped European Challenge Cup winners Montpellier (73) and Toulon (72).
Toulouse occupy fifth on 66 points, five in front of Bordeaux (61), with Castres (58), La Rochelle (54) and Brive (52) all ready expect a hurry for your sixth position.
Szarzewski was adamant the climate among his Racing teammates was good regardless of the European defeat, not helped by An All-black Costume legend Dan Carter beginning although patently unfit having a calf injuries.
“I am surprised, I figured the squad would become more affected,” the hooker stated from the 21-9 defeat by Saracens.
“You can bet the role from the coaches and also the squad leaders was important — we attempted to pay attention to the positives and a perspective, even when a loss of revenue within the your final hurts, even when it hasn’t yet been completely digested,” he stated.
“It is always good to experience a great match against Pau and find our confidence.
“We do not have time to mope around. We have to again embrace with victory as quickly as possible.Inch
The France hooker added: “We are inside a different competition, we are still not qualified so we must move ahead.
“There exists a goal and that’s to visit so far as possible, which will come from victories.”
To become champion from the Top 14, Szarzewski stated, “there remain six matches which we’ll attempt to win”.
Clermont host protecting champions Stade Francais on Sunday, Racing’s mix-city rivals languishing in twelfth place but safe within the understanding they were able to avoid relegation towards the ProD2, that fate getting fallen to Oyonnax and Agen.
Clermont grew to become the very first team to entitled to the play-offs after their 16-10 make an impression on Pau a week ago.
But coach Franck Azema was at without doubt that Stade could end up being a difficult opponent, as proven by their free-running 69-8 destruction of Oyonnax.
“They have been free of the negative pressure by showing what they are able to at Oyonnax,” Azema stated.
“They’ll come here with higher intentions and most likely the need to exhibit that they are much better than their season overall.
“They have no more got almost anything to lose and something to gain,” he stated. “It’s as much as us to exhibit how we’ll deal with such games.”
Second-placed Montpellier will entertain Bordeaux-Begles in your own home fresh using their convincing 26-19 victory over Harlequins within the Challenge Cup.
Toulon visit Agen in Saturday’s early game, with Toulouse off to Oyonnax. Brive host Grenoble while Castres entertain La Rochelle.
Fixtures (all occasions GMT)
Agen v Toulon (1230), Brive v Grenoble, Castres v La Rochelle, Racing 92 v Pau, Oyonnax v Toulouse (all 1300), Montpellier v Bordeaux-Begles (1435)
Clermont v Stade Francais (1415)