Saturday, January 14, 2012

Juan Imhoff too quick for Chris Paterson

Juan Imhoff
The amazing rise of Juan Imhoff into a superstar continues with the young Pumas winger showing his quality for Paris´ Racing Métro vs Scotland´s Edinburgh on Friday evening. Remarkably the 23 year old was seen as a long shot for World Cup selection six months ago and was considered a no-chance twelve months ago. His rapid rise has caught France by storm as he has broke into Racing Métro´s starting lineup and has been able to score some impressive tries, including vs Perpignan last weekend. It was his first game at the top level at fullback and he succeeded in terrorizing the defence and was retained at 15 for Friday´s clash with Edinburgh in an attempt to give him more opportunities. He did not disappoint as he again scored a try, this time by running from just inside his own half to side-step passed Chris Paterson and go over for a beauty. Juan Martín Hernández converted the try to level the scores at 14-14 but Edinburgh had more hunger and completed a late victory after the Parisians looked to have been in control with ten minutes remaining.

The Parisians played very well and deserved to have won the match but as is common in rugby the better team is often not on the winning side of the scorecard. The team only has itself to claim after it let in two early tries thanks to basic defensive blunders. It cost Racing Métro a place potential in the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals as well as the Amlin Challenge Cup Quarter Finals. In the end, however, the club will likely view the loss as a blessing as it means the team can focus on returning to winning ways in the Top 14 Orange and get firmly back into the top six.

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