Champions Cup: Tabai Matson happy with Harlequins win but not their performance against Racing 92

Harlequins boss Tabai Matson was pleased to come away with a 14-10 win against Racing 92 in the Champions Cup but was not satisfied with his team’s performance.

The weather conditions were especially tricky, with heavy rain turning the contest into a tight clash at Twickenham Stoop that saw an Andre Esterhuizen try as the difference on the day.

Failed to capitalise

Matson, however, was upset his side could not make the most of their numerical advantage after Racing star Kition Kamikamica was sent off with half an hour to play.

The coach feels his team were tactically off at times during the game and admitted there would be a big review so Quins can learn from their mistakes.

“It wasn’t the prettiest and we were probably lucky, to be fair. We did our best to ruin that. The conditions were poor but we made some poor calls,” Matson said.

“For all that, we’re back in the hunt for the knockout stage again after getting the four points. Getting the win was the most important thing, but there’s lot to review on Tuesday.

“We’ve got lots to review, we tried to play way too much and that’s a good learning for us at this time of year because at the end of December there’s more of that type of rugby to come.

“Ultimately we move forward in Europe and that’s the key thing.”

Dealt well with the threatening Russell

Quins did exceptionally well to minimise the influence of Racing’s Scottish fly-half Finn Russell, but Matson still had praise for the world-class playmaker.

“We knew that he would be a key guy because he can control the ball really well. It wasn’t really an attacking game but a lot of their territory battle is won by him,” he said.

“He still had a great game, even in these conditions. The old Scots know how to put the ball behind you! He did a really good job but we cornered him a couple of times.”

Russell has been linked to a move to Bath, but the pivot quickly poured cold water on the speculation.

“No, no the weather’s too bad! La Defense Arena is indoors!” he said.

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“There’s been a lot of chatter around that. Nothing’s been confirmed but there’s a lot of chat around it.”

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