PREVIEW: Racing bid to extend home run

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:16
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TOP 14 WEEK 12: Defending champions Racing 92 will seek to bolster their mid-table position when they host struggling Grenoble in Top 14 action on the weekend.

Racing sit seventh, with six wins and five losses the tally from their opening 11 games of the season.

With just one win on the road, over rock-bottom Bayonne, the Parisians enjoy a 100 percent record at their home Stade Yves-du-Manoir and will look to inflict a defeat on Grenoble, languishing 13th in the table with just two victories to their name.

Former Racing playmaker Jonathan Wisniewski now plies his trade for Grenoble and the flyhalf said his team's ambitions were clear.

"We have no choice now. We have to want to play a great match no matter what ground we turn up at because in our situation, be it at home or on the road, it's a feat that has to be done," he said.

"If we want to hope to stay up it comes down to that. It's now time to continue enjoying it and playing well, as we have been doing for a few matches and then maybe fate will turn in our favour.

"We must at least not give up, not lose our motivation, but to keep taking pleasure as we have done over the last two weekends against Clermont and Bordeaux hoping that finally there'll be victories at the end."

Wisniewski said he did not read too much attention into Racing's results.

"They've had an inconsistent start to the season, but they've been able to get it together for the big games.

"Like all clubs that have just won a title, there's a 'post-champion' euphoria which leads to a decompression, and there was also a late start which complicated the beginning of the season.

"But Racing will be present during the big moments because they have a big enough squad and quality players to be up for it."

European giants Toulon, 31-12 winners over Stade Francais last week to consolidate third spot in the table, travel to Castres on Saturday in a repeat of the Top 14 finals of 2013 and 2014.

Leaders Clermont host Lyon while second-placed La Rochelle face a testing away game at fifth-placed Bordeaux-Begles, and Brive clash with Pau.

Montpellier head to Paris to play Stade Francais and Bayonne entertain Toulouse in Sunday's action.

Fixtures:

Saturday:

Castres v Toulon
Racing 92 v Grenoble
Bordeaux-Begles v La Rochelle
Brive v Pau
Clermont v Lyon

Sunday:

Stade Francais v Montpellier
Bayonne v Toulouse

Agence France-Presse