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World Imhoff late try sends Racing into Champions Cup final

18:17  26 september  2020
18:17  26 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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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. Winger Imhoff , who last played for the Pumas at the 2015 Rugby World Cup , crossed with five minutes to play against Sarries who will be relegated

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 A maximum of 1,000 spectators were allowed into the 32,000-capacity La Defense Arena under new coronavirus restrictions came into effect earlier in

a man standing in front of a crowd: Juan Imhoff celebrates his match-winning try © FRANCK FIFE Juan Imhoff celebrates his match-winning try

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.

Winger Imhoff, who last played for the Pumas at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, crossed with five minutes to play against Sarries who will be relegated from the English Premiership for breaching the league's salary cap.

The Parisians will travel to either Toulouse or Exeter Chiefs, who play later in England, on October 17 for a chance at a first European crown.

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Argentina's Juan Imhoff said his try which sent Racing 92 into the European Champions Cup final with a 19-15 win over title holders Saracens on 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

Simon Zebo and Donnacha Ryan are bound for the Heineken Champions Cup final after Racing 92 beat Saracens in Paris. Alex Goode had kicked five penalties as Saracens overturned a 9-6 interval deficit and boost hopes of a fourth title in five years.

A maximum of 1,000 spectators were allowed into the 32,000-capacity La Defense Arena under new coronavirus restrictions came into effect earlier in the day.

France winger Teddy Thomas made his first appearance since February's Six Nations victory over Wales.

The visitors named an unchanged side from last weekend's success at Leinster as Alex Goode continued to deputise for England captain Owen Farrell who has been banned for a dangerous tackle.

Iribaren opened the scoring with an 11th minute penalty goal before Goode, who scored 19 points in Dublin, brought the sides level at 3-3 with his own effort after 25 minutes.

Neither side managed to claim the ascendancy in an error-strewn opening and Iribaren and Goode slotted two further penalties for a 6-6 scoreline with both efforts kicked in eerie silence.

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The victory sent Racing 92, who have never won the title, into their third final at the expense of the three-times champions Saracens. Racing 92's Juan Imhoff capped a flowing break to score the only try in the dying minutes as they came from behind to beat holders Saracens 19-15 in their

Virimi Vakatawa joined Teddy Thomas and Juan Imhoff on the Racing 92 scoresheet as the French side beat Munster (AFP Paris (AFP) - Winger Teddy Thomas scored twice as Racing 92 beat Munster 39-22 on Sunday to secure a place in the quarter- finals of the European Champions Cup .

The first glimpse of brilliance from Racing's international-filled backline came with two minutes of the first half to go as Scotland fly-half Finn Russell cleaned up a Sarries kick inside his own 22m.

He passed to Thomas out wide who ran free to chip ahead into open space and along with Imhoff forced full-back Elliot Daly to run the ball into touch.

Racing won a penalty after pressure from the resulting lineout and Iribaren claimed a 9-6 lead at the break.

Goode was successful with two further penalties inside the opening 10 minutes for a 12-9 advantage.

With half an hour remaining the hosts played a lineout quickly and Russell fed Simon Zebo on his 22m but the Ireland full-back knocked the ball on after a smothering tackle from Dominic Morris, a first-half substitute for Scotland centre Duncan Taylor.

Racing were pinned at the following scrum and Goode opened up a six-point gap.

Iribaren was replaced by 38-time France scrum-half Maxime Machenaud afterwards and despite pressure inside the Sarries half, the home side failed to find gaps in the disciplined away defence.

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.

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