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Summary: Harlequins caused an upset by defeating Racing, while Leinster emerged victorious over La Rochelle in the Champions Cup.


The Harlequins achieved a win on French territory, making an impressive comeback to beat the top-ranked team in the Top 14, Racing 92, in Paris on Sunday. Nolann Le Garrec scored a try for Racing, which was successfully converted, but Marcus Smith quickly responded with a try of his own and then followed it up by converting André Esterhuizen’s try.

Smith extended the lead with a drop goal from close to the halfway line, but the opposing team narrowed the gap to 17-14 by halftime with a try scored by Antoine Gibert.

At the beginning of the second half, Racing scored again with Le Garrec getting his second try. They increased their lead to 28-17 when Ibrahim Diallo also scored a try.

However, Quins persevered and scored tries from Alex Dombrandt and Jack Walker. These were successfully converted by Smith, resulting in a 31-28 win for them. Although they received a late yellow card for Dino Lamb, it did not affect the outcome of the game.

In a rematch of last year’s Champions Cup final, Leinster sought vengeance against La Rochelle.

In the previous two finals, the teams have faced each other and the French team has emerged as the winner each time. However, in their Pool Four opener, Leinster managed to secure four points after a tough 16-9 win and returned to Ireland.

Ronan O’Gara, the director of rugby for La Rochelle, was unable to coach from the sidelines due to a one-week suspension. Despite this, his team managed to score first with a penalty kick by Antoine Hastoy in the wet weather.

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Leinster was the team responsible for scoring the game-changing try. This happened after Jonathan Danty and Joe McCarthy were penalized and temporarily removed from the game, with Jimmy O’Brien assisting Jordan Larmour in the play.

Levani Botia’s attempt was disallowed due to him being ruled to have crossed the line while crawling. Despite La Rochelle’s attempts to catch up in the second half, they were ultimately unsuccessful. Ciarán Frawley’s impressive long-range penalty helped ease Leinster’s nerves.

Source: theguardian.com