Agen vs Racing Metro
Competition: French Top 14 Rugby
Date: 02 September 2017
Kick off: 14:45 CET
Agen felt the full brunt of a top team in the Top 14 in their first match back up as they were hammered by Montpellier, and although they are at home this week, it does not get easier against Racing Metro.
Racing got their season off to a solid enough start with their first win against Castres at home, but it was a close one as they beat the visitors by four points in a 25-21 victory. Racing showed signs of rustiness, but their calls shine through as managed to rally late after Castres scored the first two tries to really put the pressure on the famous Prais side. With Dan Carter at the helm they kicked the points but in reality it was two tries in the last 10 minutes from Juan Imhoff and Louis Dupichot that secured the game and frustrated the hard working Castres side. Racing have a lot of pressure on their shoulders this year and they will relish a game against a side fresh from the D2.
For Agen, they were badly battered by a ruthless Montpellier side as the home team walked away with a 48-19 win in control the whole time. Agen seemed overawed by the pace and toughness of the league and especially a fired up Montpellier side that had the likes of Bismarck du Plessis, Wiaan Liebenberg, Aaron Cruden, Nemani Nadolo and Francois Steyn pulling the strings. Agen are going to find this competition tough this year as the step up to the Top 14 is usually a big one and a tough one. With Racing next in their sights they will hope they can do a little better, especially at home, but they will know it could be a long day at the office for them.
Agen vs Racing Metro: Previous matches.
Racing Metro vs Castres 25-21
Montpellier vs Agen 48-19
Agen vs Racing Metro: Head to Head Stats
There have only been four games between these two side and unsurprisingly it is Racing that dominates, however Agen have beaten them once by 12 points back in 2015 – at home.
Agen vs Racing Metro: Prediction
After taking a big battering from Montpellier, Agen will want to do better, and they should seeing as they are at home, but they will be in no position to win this game as a classy Racing side look to be as brutal as they can while the home side does damage control.
Agen vs Racing Metro: Betting Tips
- Dan Carter to score
- Racing -6 @ 2.00
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