Former All Black shines in Siya Kolisi's debut for Racing 92
Siya Kolisi’s highly anticipated debut for Racing 92 was the story of the night in Paris but a former All Black has been praised for shutting down French star Jonathan Danty.
The Springbok captain made his first appearance for Racing 92 and finished a winner as the Parisian club defeated defending European champions La Rochelle 32-10 at the Paris La Defense Arena.
Saili provided the assist on Racing’s first try of the night to Juan Imhoff in the third minute with the final pass for the blistering Argentinian winger.
On defence the former Blues centre completed 11 of 14 tackles in a busy performance, while adding turnover.
He was rated as one of the top two performers on the night along with his midfield partner Fickou.
“The number 12 of Racing 92 won his duel against Jonathan Danty,” wrotethe New Zealander did the job.”
“At a fairly crazy start to the match, where both teams decided to play a lot, he was decisive by extending his pass to Juan Imhoff who scored the first of Racing’s four tries.”
Forming Racing 92 star Teddy Thomas aided his old club after being red carded for La Rochelle following a coat-hanger tackle after chasing his own kick in the 24th minute.
Racing 92 never gave up the lead as they closed out the win with a man advantage.