Referee Mathieu Raynal once again consulted long and hard with his Television Match Official before making another controversal decision in tonight’s Top 14 final at the Nou Camp.
The contest was rocked after just 18 minutes when Racing had France scrum-half Machenaud sent off for a tip tackle on Matt Giteau. Mathieu Raynal, the same referee who red carded Ireland’s CJ Stander in Cape Town two weeks ago, initially looked set to award a yellow to Machenaud but after further replays opted for a red card.
Despite this Racing 92 still managed to lift their first Top 14 title since 1990, defeating Toulon 29-21. Racing might have been down a man but they always had lethal weapons in the boots of Carter and Goosen.
Tries: Gorgodze, Mermoz
Pens: Halfpenny 3
Yellow Card: Chiocci
Pens: Machenaud, Carter 5, Goosen 2
Red Card: Machenaud