Racing 92 wing Teddy Thomas has featured only once in the Heineken Champions Cup this season due to injury, but he showed he is back to full fitness with a stunning trio of tries on Saturday as the 2018 Champions Cup finalists demolished Challenge Cup quarter-finalists La Rochelle 50-14 in Paris.
The France flyer dotted down three times in 62 minutes as the Parisians sent out an early warning to TOP 14 leaders Toulouse, whom they host in the last eight of the Champions Cup on March 31 live on BT Sport, FR2 and beIN SPORTS.
Racing 92 were handed a further boost ahead of the quarter-final with the return of fly-half Finn Russell, who had missed Scotland’s Six Nations clash with France the previous week due to injury.
The 26-year-old has already racked up 48 points in the Heineken Champions Cup this season and picked up a Heineken Man of the Match award in the French side’s victory over Scarlets in Round 1.
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Racing’s quarter-final opponents, Toulouse, extended an unbeaten domestic record dating back to late September by defeating Stade Français Paris 28-7 at Stade Jean Bouin.
Fly-half Zack Holmes kicked eight points, while tries from No.8 Gillian Galan, wing Lucas Tauzin, flanker Piula Faʻasalele and wing Matthis Lebel secured the bonus-point success.
Glasgow Warriors also stepped up their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final preparations with a six-try victory at Zebre Rugby in the Guinness PRO14 to stay top of Conference A.
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No. 8 Matt Fagerson scored a brace of tries inside the opening half-hour to give the Scottish outfit a commanding lead, while fly-half Adam Hastings converted all six tries in a flawless kicking display.
The Warriors travel to Saracens in the quarter-finals and the London club also impressed on Saturday, when they defeated Northampton Saints 36-17 at Allianz Park to remain second in the Gallagher Premiership.
Utility back Sean Maitland – who has scored four tries in the Heineken Champions Cup this season – touched down twice, while wing David Strettle and hooker Tom Woolstencroft also got on the scoresheet.