Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hernández returns at flyhalf for Racing Métro

Racing Métro have named a star packed team to take on Scottish side, Edinburgh in Paris on Friday in the fifth round of the 2011-2012 Heineken Cup. The match sees the return of Juan Martín Hernández into the team and he is to start at flyhalf. His selection enables him to play in his prefered position and do so ahead of Jonathan Wisniewski who had a poor match vs Perpignan this past weekend with the boot. Los Pumas 2011 debutant, Juan Imhoff played the match out of position at fullback and impressed as he recieved plenty of compliments  from the French press as he scored a try and broke the defensive line on numerous occassions. His performance has seen him retained at fullback to take on Edinburgh who have named Scottish legend, Chris Paterson at fullback. The Pumas duo will be joined by French international Fabrice Estebanez and South African François Steyn in the centres. The match is also featuiring the return of former French backrower, Sebastien Chabal who will start at 8. He will be joined in the scrum by former Pumas tighthead prop, Juan Orlandi while former test secondrower, Esteban Lozada has been named on the bench for Edinburgh. Both players remain in contention for a return, alongside Hernández, to Los Pumas this year.

The Parisians have already been eliminated having been able to play to the required standards in the earlier rounds of the competition. In the previous match between the sides Racing Métro blew a massive lead to go down 48-47 to Edinburgh. The team has also been struggling recently in the Top 14 Orange and is only just holding on to its place in the top six. A good win over Edinburgh will go a long way to putting the team back in the right direction ahead of league matches vs Toulouse and Clermont following the completion of the Heineken Cup group matches this month.

Racing Métro
15 Juan Imhoff
14 Virimi Vakatawa
13 Frans Steyn
12 Fabrice Estebanez
11 Julien Saubade
10 Juan Martín Hernández
9 Sebastien Descons
8 Sebastien Chabal
7 Antoine Battut
6 Johnny Leo'o
5 François van der Merwe
4 Lionel Nallet
3 Juan Pablo Orlandi
2 Grégory Arganese
1 Andrea Lo Cicero

Replacements: 16 Thomas Bianchin, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Benjamin Sá,  19 Bernard Le Roux, 20 Mathieu Loree, 21 Jonathan Wisniewski, 22 Remy Vaquin, 23 Henry Chavancy

15 Chris Paterson
14 Lee Jones
13 Nick de Luca
12 Matthew Scott
11 Tim Visser
10 Greig Laidlaw
9 Mike Blair
8 Netani Talei
7 Ross Rennie
6 David Denton
5 Sean Cox
4 Grant Gilchrist
3 Geoff Cross
2 Ross Ford
1 Allan Jacobsen

Replacements: 16 Alun Walker, 17 Kyle Traynor, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Esteban Lozada, 20 Roddy Grant, 21 Phil Godman, 22 Tom Brown, 23 Jim Thompson

                     Edinburgh vs Racing Métro (2011-2012 Heineken Cup)


  1. I am watching the game. RM are leading by 3 poitns with 7 minutes left.

    Imhoff got a nice try and JMH played ok.

  2. What about Ulster. They are winning 41-7 vs Leicester. WTF is that about?

  3. Godman just kicked a penalty to put Edinburgh ahead by 3. Another player better than Dan Parks and, importantly he is not an import he has Scottish blood in his veins..

    I am really perplexed to see Leicester so outclassed. I am watching the game right now on tv. Tuilagi has had a poor match. Let in the first two tries with highschool mistakes in the defence. Clermont should now win the group.

  4. a bit harsh on Parks, he is not great at all, but he is a lot better than Godman who is a gaffe prone 10, remember Parks was on great form in 2010 and that was perhaps his only moment of form, but generally he is pretty poor but the other options are even poorer, Godman is best remembered for single handedly giving Italy a 21-0 head start in 2007 in what remains Italy's only away win in the 6N

    if Juan Imhoff played for the All Blacks he would be considered one of the best in the world, unfortunately he plays for a Racing side which hardly creates a thing for him so he has to do it himself, a good try from him his pace was too much for Paterson

    the Racing pack needs a makeover, Chabal is terrible these days, and the pack is one of the most greedy, they always do pick and gos rather than pass to the backs, also having a mini-Beauxis at 10 doesn't help, notice Imhoff's attacks are very often ones on counter attacks but he hardly recieves any passes from the centres, also dreadful defense from Racing for the Rennie and Denton tries truly dreadful

    I am also perplexed, I don't think I've ever seen Leicester humiliated like that, really looking forward to Clermont Ulster next week, Clermont's home record is approaching 40 consecutive wins but they spent 65 minutes of the match last week trailing Toulon before Malzieu showed his quality, with Ulster having ultra confidence could they end the Clermont home streak?

    Tuilagi is a good bomfer, but that is it, his general ball skills are dreadful