Racing record maiden win
October 16, 2010
Jone Qovu Nailiko assesses his options during Racing's victory over Clermont
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Racing Metro recorded their first win in the Heineken Cup with a 16-9 victory over French rivals Clermont Auvergne in a tense encounter at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir on Saturday afternoon.
Veteran Fijian winger Sireli Bobo crossed for the game's only try after 38 minutes with fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski adding 11 points to open the Paris-based team's account after a first-up loss at Leinster.
Gavin Williams slotted three penalties for the beaten French champions, who had defeated Saracens in their opener.
Both sides exchanged penalties in a cagey opening that proved to be a portent of things to come. Wisniewski and Williams were both accurate from the tee twice in the opening 35 minutes.
Try-scoring chances were proving very rare as the defences remained on top. But Bobo made the decisive move in the 38th minute, bursting through Clermont's defence and crossing to give the hosts breathing space at half time with a 13-6 lead following Wisniewski's conversion.
The second half followed the prevailing trend of the first half with the defences dominant and creativity a rarity. Another 18 minutes passed before the scoreboard changed with Wisniewski converting a penalty to give the hosts a 10-point lead.
Clermont, who had made 11 changes to the side that beat Saracens with such style last weekend, struggled to gain any fluency and seldom trouble the Racing line. France scrum-half Morgan Parra was thrown in to the action in an attempt to ignite Clermont, but he could not stimulate a lacklustre display.
However, he did take over the kicking duties from Williams and calmly slotted a penalty with nine minutes remaining as Clermont closed to within seven and sight of victory.
But Racing's defence held firm and they recorded their first win in the highly competitive Pool 2.
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