European Rugby Champions Cup: Racing 92 36-26 Leicester Tigers

Jonah Holmes scored for Leicester
Jonah Holmes scored Leicester's first try
Racing 92 (26) 36
Try: Vakatawa, Imhoff, Zebo, Chouzenoux, Klemenczak Cons: Russell (4) Pen: Russell
Leicester (14) 26
Tries: Holmes, Kalamafoni, Tuilagi, Thompstone Cons: Ford (2), Toomua

Leicester lost for the second time in their opening three Champions Cup pool matches as they were beaten by French side Racing 92 in Paris.

The Tigers - third in Pool Four - were twice reduced to 14 men under the roof at Paris La Defense Arena, with Manu Tuilagi and Ellis Genge sin-binned.

A moment of individual brilliance from George Ford led to a bonus-point try, but Racing crossed five times to win.

The hosts remain unbeaten in the competition and are top of the pool.

England centre Tuilagi's early yellow card for a deliberate knock-on left a hole in the Leicester defence, and allowed Virimi Vakatawa and Juan Imhoff to score for the French side.

Ben White's pass sent Jonah Holmes through to claim Leicester's first try, before Tuilagi returned two minutes later.

Finn Russell and Simon Zebo combined to extended Racing's lead, though, with the fly-half offloading for Zebo to dot down to the left of the posts.

Racing extended their lead as an impressive carry from Leone Nakarawa helped Baptiste Chouzenoux go over, but Leicester number eight Sione Kalamafoni dived over from close range to narrow the deficit to 26-14 before half-time.

Champions Cup Pool Four
PlayedWonDrawnPoints
1. Racing 9233014
2. Ulster3209
3. Leicester3106
4. Scarlets3002

Tuilagi made amends for his earlier indiscipline as he took a well-timed pass from Michael Fitzgerald to sneak through on the left, but Genge was sin-binned soon afterwards for playing the ball on the floor.

Russell then found a gap and showed his pace before offloading to Vakatawa, who found Olivier Klemenczak to extend Racing's lead.

But Ford secured the bonus point for the Tigers after intercepting a pass and sprinting down the field, forcing Zebo to knock the ball into touch. The fly-half took a quick line-out to Adam Thompstone, who scored.

Leicester welcome Racing to Welford Road for round four of the competition on Sunday (13:00 GMT).

What they said

Racing 92 co-manager Laurent Travers said:

"Leicester will be ready and waiting for us next Sunday, they've said that loud and clear and we've seen it tonight.

"They were able to put in plenty of speed and intensity. We know that the conditions, pitch and crowd will be completely different next week."

Leicester fly-half George Ford told BBC Radio Leicester:

"I was happy with the way we responded. We could have easily got our heads down but we got back up and it felt a little bit more like us today.

"Our discipline has to change, first and foremost. We had two men in the bin against one of the best sides in Europe."

Racing 92: Dulin; Zebo, Vakatawa, Klemenczak, Imhoff; Russell, Iribaren; Ben Arous, Szarzewski (c), Gomes Sa, Le Roux, Nakarawa, Lauret, Chouzenoux, Claassen

Replacements: Gogichashvili for Ben Arous (42), Avei for Szarzewski (48), Bird for Le Roux (53), Dupichot for Dulin (53), Colombe for Gomes Sa (53), Gibert for Iribaren (53), Palu for Nakarawa (71)

Not used: Volavola

Leicester: Holmes; Thompstone, Tuilagi, Toomua, May; Ford (c), White; Genge, Polota-Nau, Cole, Spencer, Wells, Fitzgerald, O'Connor, Kalamafoni.

Replacements: Smith for Holmes (26), Ma'afu for O'Connor (53), O'Connor for Ma'afu (62), Kerr for Polota-Nau (62), Williams for Spencer (62), Youngs for Smith (64), Cortes for Cole (64), Thompson for O'Connor (64), Evans for Kalamafoni (73), Ma'afu for Genge (73)

Sin-bin: Tuilagi (8), Genge (48)

Ref: Nigel Owens (Wales)

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