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Top 14, r11: Perpignan pay the penalty as last-gasp Wisniewski effort earns the draw

29 October 2010

Six of the best: Perpignan full-
back Jérôme Porical
Photo: Eoin Mundow/Cleva Media

Racing-Métro 18 (15)
Perpignan 18 (9)

A last-gasp penalty from Jonathan Wisniewski rescued Racing-Métro from home defeat against Perpignan, earning them an 18-18 draw which (temporarily at least) also sent them back to the summit of Top 14.

Wisniewski's late penalty further preserved Racing's long unbeaten record in Paris, dating back to January 3rd, while also maintaining Perpignan's freakish stat of not having secured a single bonus point so far this season.

But the Catalans will be cursing Wisniewski's boot after it had earlier looked as if they might record a precious away win. Full-back Jérôme Porical celebrated his call-up to the France squad in midweek by landing six out of seven penalties in Colombes, with his last looking a potential match-winner in the 74th minute.

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An away win at Racing would have been the perfect response to last week's 38-29 defeat at Stade Toulousain, but Perpignan had to fight back from 15-9 down at half-time after their hosts took advantage of a strong tail wind in the opening 40 minutes.

Wisniewski began the night's scoring with a neatly taken drop-goal in only the second minute, with fit-again Francois Steyn doubling the advantage six minutes later when he landed a 50m penalty.

But Porical then brought the scores level with two penalties of his own in the 16th and 22nd minutes, only for Racing to pull clear before the half-time interval. Wisniewski succeeded with a regulation penalty and a miss-hit drop-goal, before Steyn was on target with another boomer to make it 15-9.

    Leading try and point-scorers in Top 14

Racing will have been happier enough with the lead, but also wary of the wind factor after the break as the Catalans were bound to try and bounce back. Both teams attempted to run the ball, but it wasn't to be a night of tries - yet again for Racing - as the kickers once more held sway.

Racing winger Sireli Bobo went close for the home side on the hour mark, but the scores were already level at 15-15 by then after Perpignan - boosted by an all-new front line - earned two more penalties for Porical to slot after the break. With the wind at his back he landed a huge effort from 60m after 43 minutes, before a more straightforward effort six minutes later brought parity.

Steyn missed with his own long-range effort in reply, so that when Porical was on target yet again with just six minutes left it seemed that Perpignan would pull off only their second away win of the season. It would also have been a second successive victory at Racing, following last season's 14-18 triumph, but as it is they had to settle for just two points (for the draw) and an extension of their 17-year unbeaten record against their Paris-based opponents.

Picture Gallery: Stade Toulousain v Perpignan - By Cleva Media

  Racing-Métro 92 Perpignan
Tries - -
Conv - -
Pens Steyn (2), Wisniewski (2) Porical (6)
Drop-goals Wisniewski (2) -


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