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Dec 12, 2015 at 3.15pm UK
Racing 92
SaintsNorthampton Saints
Chavancy (13'), Ben Arous (19'), Dulin (35', 43'), Imhoff (73')

Result: Racing Metro score five past Northampton Saints, Dan Carter makes Racing debut

Northampton Saints fall short against Racing Metro in the European Champions Cup, losing 33-3.

Northampton Saints put up a strong fight against Racing Metro, but it was not enough as the French side left Franklins Gardens with a 33-3 win in the European Champions Cup.

Northampton started the game on top but it was Racing who grabbed the first try, the hosts' power freeing up space on the right for Henry Chavancy to cross.

Eddy Ben Arous then added a second soon after, following some strong forward work, with World Rugby Player of the Year Dan Carter kicking both conversions on his Racing Metro debut.

Racing player Henry Chavancy celebrates after scorinmg the first try during the European Rugby Champions Cup match between Racing Metro 92 and Northampton Saints at Stade Yves Du Manoir on December 12, 2015© Getty Images

JJ Hanrahan kicked a penalty for Saints after 29 minutes to get their only points of the game, before Brice Dulin picked off an interception, with Racing under severe pressure on their own line, to go all the way.

Luther Burrell saw a try chalked off after he failed to properly ground the ball, before Dulin got his second three minutes after half time following strong work from his fellow backs in midfield.

The game broke down after this, with the weather doing its best to disrupt play, but Racing showed their class five minutes from time, turning the ball over and moving their way upfield before Juan Imhoff crossed with an easy finish.

Racing remain top of the pool with Saints sitting just behind them in second place, but with a game in hand.

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