Munster vs Racing Metro
Competition: European Rugby Champions Cup
Date: 21 January 2017
Kick-off: 18:30 CET
A highly emotional game as it has turned out this season as Munster were lined up to play Racing in their first pool match when their coach unfortunately passed away. The game was postponed, and has since been played in Paris, with much emotion and sincerity. Now these teams meet again, and it is a game that hold no sway when it comes to qualifying, meaning the centre of attention will probably again be Anthony Foley.
Racing have been really poor in the European Cup, this after being in the final last year, but it is an epidemic that has stretched further than just Europe, even in the French Top 14 Racing have struggled – and especially away from home. They are currently bottom of the log, and only picked up their first win when they downed Leicester in their last game. The powerhouse of French rugby has its issues, and they will not cure them with this game on the horizon.
The death of Foley has galvanised the Irish side as they have been dominant in all aspects and competitions recently. They seem a team that is thinking as one and playing towards a common goal. Having already qualified thanks to four wins and just the one loss, Munster should also be seen as favourites for this competition going forward.
Munster vs Racing Metro: Previous encounter
With the first game having to be postponed, these teams had to shoe horn their game in later in the season and in that match it was Munster who came away with the points even though it was a game in France. It ended 32-7.
Munster vs Racing Metro: Prediction
Racing may have picked up a win in the Cup since these teams played last, but it was against a Tigers side that is having problems of its own with coaches and form. Racing are still a bit of a mess, and have not suggested they are on the upswing while Munster have looked good all the way through and should take this dead rubber game.
Munster vs Racing Metro: Tips
Racing still have some game breakers and try scorers, such as Teddy Thomas, Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko, so one of these guys are likely to get a try.