Finn Russell Racing 92 30-10 Saracens: Under-fire Sarries begin Champions Cup with battering in France

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Finn Russell Racing 92 30-10 Saracens: Under-fire Sarries begin Champions Cup defence with worst European defeat in two years as salary cap cheating storm weighs heavy on weakened side

  • Saracens fell 30-10 to Racing 92 for a sour start to their Champions Cup defence
  • A weakened Sarries missing Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were humbled
  • The Barnet side are battling a salary cap cheating scandal which weighed heavy
  • The side’s roles were reversed as the out of form French took a bonus point win

By Will Kelleher At La Defense Arena, Paris


Saracens’ case for their defence fell at La Defense as the besieged Barnet bashers were battered by Racing 92.

The reigning European Champions Cup holders suffered their biggest continental defeat in two years as the French piled pain on the under-fire English.

It was Saracens’ first loss in this competition since defeat in the 2018 quarter-final against Leinster; Virimi Vakatawa, Teddy Thomas, Finn Russell and Wenceslas Lauret all scored as Racing won with a bonus-point.

Saracens reflect on their 30-10 loss to Racing 92 amid a toxic environment at the club

The French side marauded through the weakened Sarries players in Nanterre on Sunday 

Teddy Thomas contributed a try as Racing earned a bonus-point win over the English side

Saracens – who are in the midst of the incredibly damning salary cap cheating storm that will linger not just over this season but the careers of many at the club – scored their only try from Alex Lozowski and were well beaten.

Racing might have been the ones in bad form – with three league wins from nine – and Saracens, pending their huge domestic points deduction, the ones doing well but those roles r

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