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Racing 92 vs Saracens Live Stream: Then, coronavirus struck, and a clash scheduled for April would not happen until September. In that time, Saracens lost Liam Williams to Scarlets, Ben Spencer to Bath, Skelton to La Rochelle, Titi Lamositele to Montpellier, George Kruis to Japan, Matt Gallagher to Munster, Rhys Carre to the Cardiff Blues, Joe Gray to Harlequins, and Juan Figallo was released, while each of Ben Earl, Alex Lozowski, Nick Isiekwe, Nick Tompkins and Max Malins departed on loan.
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Yet, the 14 men, despite being seven points down, secured a 27-24 victory with backs to the wall in typical Saracens fashion, qualifying for the quarter-finals as eighth and final seeds. It set up a clash with top-seeds Leinster to come in Dublin.
If that was not enough, the week before their meeting with Leinster, playmaker Farrell was red carded and suspended.In all, seven players who started Saracens’ victorious Champions Cup final win over Leinster in Newcastle in 2019 were absent, as were a further five replacements – 12 of the 23.
Leinster were on a 25-game winning sequence, had just picked up the PRO14 title and were at home. Almost nobody could have foreseen a Saracens win. But, against the odds again, Mark McCall’s men did it.Over the past four seasons, there have been four clubs involved in the business end of the European Cup more than any others.
Three of those have been Saracens, Leinster and Munster – a trio who hold nine European triumphs between them. The fourth has been Racing 92 – who have never won a European trophy.The Parisians have been beaten finalists twice in recent years, in 2016 to Saracens in Lyon and in 2018 to Leinster in Bilbao. The second of those finals saw Racing lead four times before losing in the final minutes.
During the 2018/19 season, Racing stormed through the pool stages to finish as No 2 seeds and set up a home quarter-final with Toulouse, only to lose to their Top 14 counterparts.Year-on-year, Racing have felt in touching distance of glory, only to fall short. Could this finally be their campaign. Their progression to this year’s semi-finals came after a thrilling victory over Clermont at the Stade Marcel Michelin – the second time in three years Racing have travelled to one of the most fearsome European arenas around and won.
As a result of that victory, Racing will be back at home in the La Defense Arena for the visit of Saracens – a venue where they have a magnificent record.Indeed, the club have won 10 of their last 11 home games in the European Cup, including seven of eight since moving to La Defense. The club has also never lost a European semi-final before.
Half-backs Teddy Iribaren and Finn Russell possess more ability than most in Europe, while the likes of the outstanding Camille Chat, Eddy Ben Arous, Wenceslas Lauret and Bernard Le Roux in the forwards, combining with Virimi Vakatawa, Juan Imhoff and Simon Zebo in the backs is a potent mixture.Racing have made 88 clean breaks this season – more than any other side – with their highest total coming against Saracens in Round 1 (20).Wonderfully talented centre Vakatawa has beaten 42 defenders in the tournament, 13 more than any other player and over four times as many as any Saracens player (Elliot Daly – 10).
Can Racing’s all-out attack and power conquer Saracens’ intensive defence and squeeze-game.Racing 92 have had some formidable former fly-halves. New Zealand points machine Dan Carter spent three years in Paris. Before him Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and Argentina’s Juan Martin Hernandez brought their distinctive, different styles to the shirt”Wing Juan Imhoff is a very intelligent player, the way he reads Russell’s intentions make him a big threat, while centre Virimi Vakatawa has really benefited from Russell putting him into holes.
“Russell’s arrival has created an attack that can threaten out wide or near the ruck. If you mess up your numbers, lose a collision or leave a bit of space, he has the vision and options to punish it.”Russell’s yawning miss-passes and deft chips into space have made for bumper highlight reels this season. But Racing have also learned to mix pragmatism with the pyrotechnics.
“They don’t overplay,” explains Worsley. “That is something they have improved. If it is not going well, they don’t keep banging away, they will kick to space and let the other team mess up.”Worsley highlights number eight Antonie Claassen as one of the star performers in pack that mixes heavy-duty ball-carrying with a huge appetite for the breakdown donkey work.