Edinburgh beaten in Paris

Edinburgh Rugby fell to a 56-3 defeat in Paris this afternoon as Racing 92 produced a powerful display to secure a spot in the Heineken Champions Cup Quarter-Finals.

The Parisians ran in seven tries at the Paris La Defense Arena and proved too strong for the capital outfit who struggled to match the hosts' intensity.

Racing 92 led 20-3 at half-time - as Edinburgh had an early try chalked off for a knock on and a late Hamish Watson effort held up - but powered in to a higher gear after the break and soon punished the visitors mistakes.

The hosts scored four tries in the final 13 minutes to add further shine to the scoreline.

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It was Edinburgh who started the brighter of the two teams and they could have had an early lead as slick handling worked a two-on-one in the wide channel, which saw a final pass drift just ahead of Damien Hoyland.

The capital side then had a well-worked James Johnstone try chalked off with the referee spotting a knock on in the build-up, following a well secured lineout in Racing 92 territory.

With the sides locked 3-3 until that 26th minute - with Blair Kinghorn and Maxime Machenaud trading three pointers - it was Camille Chat who powered over for the first try of the day.

The score came from an Edinburgh line-out that broke down, with Chat collecting and inching within five metres of the line.

After a few more powerful phases, Chat was handed the ball again and scored at the posts.

The second Racing 92 try came just before the break as Virmi Vikatawa, Jordan Joseph, Louis Dupichot and finally Machenaud all combined for an end-to-end score.

That meant the hosts led by 17 at the break, but they were far from finished for the afternoon.

Racing again took 25 minutes to score the first try of the half, with Joseph this time bulldozing over the whitewash.

Tries soon flowed after with Guram Gogichashvili crossing before Teddy Thomas grabbed a brace and Henry Chavancy rounded off the points for the hosts.

live commentary 12:30 PM Sunday 4 Apr 2021

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