Racing 92 powered to a 22-13 win over Toulon on the back of a brilliant piece of counter-attacking play resulting in a try for French winger Teddy Thomas.
Watching the rugby skills as Racing 92 rip apart Toulon is something else. Finn Russell looking brilliant
— Cllr John Potter (@johnpotterLD) January 5, 2019
Returning a box kick from just inside their half, Simon Zebo fired a pass across to Finn Russell who probed out towards the far touchline, providing a casual flick pass on the inside to centre Viri Vakatawa. Another quick offload from the Fijian kept the ball alive inside to Teddy Thomas, who powered through three Toulon defenders to score under the posts on the astroturf in Paris.
Racing scored their second try through a short-range effort from Leone Nakarawa shortly after to stretch their lead to 15-6.
— Paris La Défense Arena (@ParisLaDefArena) January 5, 2019
Scotland flyhalf Russell provided again with 12 minutes remaining, hitting reserve Olivier Klemenczak with a well-timed short-ball close to the line to all but seal the match at 22-6.
A late try to Toulon through giant lock Brian Alainu’uese added some respect to final scoreline.
Racing look in ominous form leading into next weekend’s resumption of the Heineken Champions Cup, where the Parisians will face off in a blockbuster pool clash with defending champions Leinster.
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