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Harlequins shock Stuart Lancaster's Racing 92 in Paris

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Harlequins' English outside-half Marcus Smith (L) fights for the ball with Racing92's French centre Gael Fickou (R) during the European Champions Cup first round first day group A Rugby Union match between Racing92 and Harlequins at the Paris La Defense Arena in Nanterre on December 10, 2023. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Harlequins clinched victory on French soil, pulling off a superb comeback to defeat Top 14 leaders Racing 92 in Paris.

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Nolann Le Garrec put Racing ahead with a converted try but Marcus Smith responded in kind and then converted again almost immediately after Andre Esterhuizen crossed.

Smith added three further points with a drop goal from near halfway but the hosts reduced the deficit to 17-14 at half-time through a try from Antoine Gibert.

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Racing were straight over again at the start of the second half, Le Garrec scoring his second try, and they opened up a 28-17 lead when Ibrahim Diallo crossed.

But Quins did not give up and tries from Alex Dombrandt and Jack Walker, both converted by Smith, gave them a 31-28 victory despite a late yellow card for Dino Lamb.

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Sumkunn Tsadmiova 217 days ago

Interesting refereeing. Now you realise how good Wayne Barnes and his cohorts were at RWC 2023. A chasm in competence……

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Red and White Dynamight 217 days ago

Smith is a wee wizard

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