Toulouse overcome Zack Holmes' red-card to beat Racing 92 in thrilling one-point win

Maxime Medard was one of the try-scorer for Toulouse
Maxime Medard was one of the try-scorer for Toulouse

Racing 92 21-22 Toulouse, Paris La Defense Arena

Racing 92 successfully managed to overcome a red-card Zack Holmes as they edged out Racing 92 in a tight 21-22 encounter at Paris La Defense Arena. to reach the semi-final of the Heineken Champions Cup.

Antoine Dupont found an early gap in Racing 92's defence as he was set up by a couple of passes as he dotted down in the 7th minute and Holmes kicked the conversion to make it 0-7.

Racing 92 immediately responded through a penalty kick from Maxime Machenaud and that just got better with Teddy Thomas diving over the line in the 19th minute as the scoreline became 10-7.

Toulouse had to play with 14-men for the majority of the game with Holmes red-carded in the 23rd minute for a high tackle but they had a boost when Thomas was sin-binned for the hosts around the half-hour mark.

With both the teams down to 14-men for the remainder of the first half, Toulouse made most of it with back to back tries from Maxime Medard (31') and Dupont (36') with the first half ending 10-19 in favour of the visitors.

Machenaud kicked back to back penalties at the start of the second half to narrow down the gap to three points but a second infringement from Racing 92 saw Juan Imhoff yellow-carded in the 67th minute following which Ramos kicked a three pointer to make it 16-22.

The home side went one point closer to the visitors with Camille Chat going past Cheslin Kolbe in the 74th minute but a miss from Machenaud on the conversion proved costly as they were edged out by one point.


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