Finn Russell Racing 92 thrash defending champions Saracens

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Racing 92 30 Saracens 10

The defence of the Champions Cup may not be Saracens’ priority because they have 35 docked Premiership points to make up, but this was a chastening bonus-point defeat against a Racing side inspired by Finn Russell that the holders would have struggled to contain even at full strength.

Racing led 18-3 at half-time and despite Teddy Thomas being awarded a try on review despite appearing to brush the touchline before touching down the score line reflected their superiority. Saracens were without their England World Cup finalists and nine injured players, but they were systematically taken apart by a side that had done its homework.

Prompted by Russell at outside-half, Racing constantly widened the point of attack to neutralise Saracens’ rush defence and in the centre Virimi Vakatawa had a player who took some stopping even before he had got into a gallop and was able to off-load in a variety of ways when eventually held up.

It was not the debut Jack Singleton had dreamed of. The England hooker, who rejoined the club in the summer from Worcester, was making his first start for the champions who against fired-up opponents needed to control

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