RACING METRO REMAINED the only unbeaten side in the Champions Cup following Toulouse’s defeat as they trounced hapless Treviso 53-7 this evening.
First half tries from Henry Chavancy, Benjamin Lapeyre and Dimitri Szarzewski put them in command 19-0 up at the break.
Szarzewski completed his hat-trick early in the second half before Michele Campagnaro replied for Treviso.
But two Juan Imhoff scores either side of a penalty try and Lapeyre’s second completed the nine-try rout.
The bonus point left Racing level on points with Northampton, who won 20-9 at Ospreys, ahead of the pair’s winner-takes-all meeting at Franklin Gardens next week.
Ospreys, beaten at home for the first time this season, shot themselves in the foot in the first half, gifting Saints two tries.
Rhys Webb’s clearing kick from behind his own line was charged down and Stephen Myler dived on the loose ball to score, while Justin Tipuric fumbled in midfield when tackled by Luther Burrell and George North picked up the ball before running it home unopposed.
That second try even came with George Pisi in the sin bin.
Saints battered away at the Ospreys line in the second half but the Welsh region held firm with dogged defence to prevent their opponents getting the tries needed for a bonus.
As things stand, Bath and Leicester are the second-placed sides that would miss out on the quarters, but with the top two facing off in the final group matches in all three other groups, both would likely qualify with a victory.
© – AFP 2015
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