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World Inspired Iribaren kicks Racing into Saracens semi-final

23:26  19 september  2020
23:26  19 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

CHRIS FOY: Saracens' future shrouded in doubt after Champions Cup exit

  CHRIS FOY: Saracens' future shrouded in doubt after Champions Cup exit CHRIS FOY - WORLD OF RUGBY: Saracens are out of their European bubble and staring into the abyss. The glorious diversion of a Champions Cup campaign has given way to an uncertain future.Saturday's agonising defeat by Racing 92 has forced Mark McCall and his squad to accept the uncomfortable reality of their looming fall from grace.

Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren inspired Racing 92 to a convincing win over Clermont and a place in the semi-fionals of the European Champions Cup THIERRY ZOCCOLAN AFP/File. Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren slotted 20 points to send Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup semi - finals with a

Racing 92 advanced to a Heineken Champions Cup semi - final against Saracens as they saw off Clermont Auvergne 36-27 at Stade Marcel-Michelin. Louis Dupichot’s try in the third minute put the visitors ahead and Teddy Iribaren, having failed with his conversion attempt

a group of football players on a field: Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren inspired Racing 92 to a convincing win over Clermont and a place in the semi-fionals of the European Champions Cup © THIERRY ZOCCOLAN Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren inspired Racing 92 to a convincing win over Clermont and a place in the semi-fionals of the European Champions Cup

Scrum-half Teddy Iribaren slotted 20 points to send Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup semi-finals with a 36-27 victory at Clermont on Saturday.

The Parisians will host Saracens in seven days' time after the relegated English champions stunned four-time winners Leinster 25-17 in Dublin earlier.

Imhoff late try sends Racing into Champions Cup final

  Imhoff late try sends Racing into Champions Cup final Argentina's Juan Imhoff scored a late try to send Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup final with a 19-15 win over title holders Saracens on Saturday. Machenaud closed the gap to 15-12 with a little over 10 minutes to play after Donnacha Ryan won a superb penalty at a ruck as Racing sensed victory and a place in the final. But with five minutes to play they found the breakthrough as Sarries' defensive line faltered.Virimi Vakatawa broke up field from a Russell chip to find Imhoff for the decisive try and Machenaud converted as Racing claimed a spot in the final, a third in the club's history after 2016 and 2018.

Racing raced into an 11-0 lead after 12 minutes as winger Louis Dupichot crossed and 29-year-old Iribaren slotted a pair of penalty goals. Trinh-Duc, who has struggled with an arm problem since his last Test in 2018, set-up his own effort with tidy chip kick and Iribaren’s extras made it 24-8 at the

Saracens become champions of Europe for the first time as Owen Farrell kicks seven penalties against Dan Carter's Racing 92 in Lyon. The north Londoners are the reigning English champions and they host Leicester next weekend in the Premiership semi - finals with a view to once again reaching the

Japan's Kotaro Matsushima started at full-back for the hosts after missing last weekend's late defeat at Bayonne with a thigh issue.

Leinster-Saracens still huge showdown despite lack of lustre

  Leinster-Saracens still huge showdown despite lack of lustre Leinster-Saracens still huge showdown despite lack of lustreLONDON (Reuters) - When the European Cup quarter-final draw pitted Leinster against holders Saracens in a repeat of last year's final, rugby aficionados were counting the days, but now the game has finally arrived the marquee match has lost some of its sheen.

Alex Goode landed a third Saracens kick before Machenaud looked to have won it with two of his own, but Racing killed the ball and Bosch their hopes. Hodgson had put Saracens in front with an early penalty before Racing - who should have scored when they dropped the ball over the line from a

Saracens would almost certainly lose their combative back-rower for Saturday’s semi - final , set for La Defense Arena, and the rest of the season Given the influence of Rhodes, especially as a rangy lineout jumper, losing the South African would force Mark McCall into a significant rejig of his pack.

Racing's Australia full-back Kurtley Beale missed out, though, after being suspended for a dangerous tackle in last Friday's thumping domestic win over Montpellier, his place taken by Irish international Simon Zebo who was returning from injury.

Racing raced into an 11-0 lead after 12 minutes as winger Louis Dupichot crossed and 29-year-old Iribaren slotted a pair of penalty goals.

Dupichot was then stretchered off with a leg injury and replaced by French international fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc. Clermont hooker Etienne Falgoux finally got the home side on the board with a try in the 23rd minute.

Iribaren and Clermont's Camille Lopez then traded penalties as the away team led 17-8 with five minutes of the half remaining.

Trinh-Duc, who has struggled with an arm problem since his last Test in 2018, set-up his own effort with tidy chip kick and Iribaren's extras made it 24-8 at the break.

Racing's dominance and Iribaren's solid form with the boot continued into the second half as the uncapped scrum-half added two further penalties to stretch the lead to 30-8 with 22 minutes to play.

Wesley Fofana and Japan's Kotaro Matsushima, with his first try in Clermont colours, cut the deficit before Iribaren's replacement Maxime Machenaud edged his side further ahead to 36-22 with seven minutes to go.

France winger Damian Penaud made Racing sweat by crossing with three minutes left but the Parisians held out to set up a re-run of the 2016 final against Sarries.

On Sunday four-time winners Toulouse host Ulster and Exter Chiefs welcome Northampton Saints for places in the other last four tie.

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Exeter beat Toulouse to make first Champions Cup final .
Fly-half Joe Simmonds scored 13 points as Exeter Chiefs reached the European Champions Cup final for the first time with a 28-18 victory at home against Toulouse. Uncapped Simmonds, 23, kicked four conversions and scored a try of his own at Sandy Park without spectators due to coronavirus restrictions. The Chiefs will now host Racing 92 in the final on October 17 after the French club beat Saracens 19-15 earlier in the day. "It means so much toUncapped Simmonds, 23, kicked four conversions and scored a try of his own at Sandy Park without spectators due to coronavirus restrictions.

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