Heineken Champions Cup: Harlequins 14-10 Racing 92 – Quins off the mark with battling win

George Head slides over the try line to score
George Head scored simply two minutes into his first begin within the Champions Cup
Harlequins:(7) 14
Tries: Head, Esterhuizen; Cons: Allan (2)
Racing 92:(10) 10
Tries: Kamikamica; Pens: Russell; Cons: Russell

Harlequins edged previous 14-man Racing 92 to safe their first win on this season’s Heineken Champions Cup.

The hosts led via an early attempt from George Head, however Finn Russell’s penalty and a transformed attempt from Kitione Kamikamica gave Racing the lead at half-time.

Quins retook the lead after the break when Andre Esterhuizen crashed over.

Kamikamica was despatched off for a harmful sort out on Nick David, and defeat leaves Racing in Pool A’s backside two.

In soaking situations, Quins made the very best begin when Head sprinted in from exterior the 22 to attain simply two minutes into the hooker’s first begin within the competitors.

Racing, who had misplaced their opening match 42-10 at dwelling to Leinster, decreased the hole to 4 factors when Finn Russell knocked over a penalty however the Scottish fly half missed one other from lengthy vary on half-hour.

However the French aspect took the lead when quantity eight Kamikamica, additionally making his European debut, crashed over from a lineout and when Russell transformed, the Parisians had a three-point lead.

Esterhuizen crossed after 48 minutes, however after referee Craig Evans initially awarded no attempt for the ball being held up, the TMO overturned the choice and Tommy Allan kicked his second conversion to see Quins retake the lead.

Kamikamica’s sort out on David noticed the Quins full-back land on his neck, and after a TMO assessment the 26-year-old was proven the crimson card by Evans.

Racing rallied effectively regardless of their numerical drawback, however Quins held on to maneuver on to 5 factors after two video games following their bonus-point loss to the Sharks in South Africa.

Quins and Racing meet once more on 15 January at Paris La Défense Area.


Harlequins: David, Murley, Marchant, Esterhuizen, Bassett, Allan, Care, Baxter, Head, Kerrod, Lamb, Herbst, Kenningham, Evans, Dombrandt.

Replacements: Musk, Els, Louw, Hammond, Lawday, Gjaltema, Edwards, Beard.

Racing 92: Gelant, Wade, Saili, Fickou, Taofifenua, Russell, Iribaren, Nyakane, Tarit, Alo, Palu, Sanconnie, Hemery, Woki, Kamikamica.

Replacements: Narisia, Maiau, Gomes Sa, Bresler, Chouzenoux, Gibert, Chavancy, Dupichot.

Referee: Craig Evans