Steyn shines but Racing downed
9 Jan 2010
Frans Steyn’s excellent performance wasn’t enough for Racing Metro to avoid a 31-12 mauling by Perpignan in the Top 14 on Friday.
Steyn broke the Catalans’ line on numerous occasions, but often found himself isolated. The victory lifts the defending champions to second on the log, albeit temporarily. Racing stay fifth and will hope that fourth placed Toulouse lose against Clermont on Sunday to stay in touch with the play-off places.
In other Top 14 news, it appears that Jonny Wilkinson will extend his contract with Toulon. The 30-year-old England flyhalf has performed consistently well in their campaign to date, and seems to have overcome his injury troubles.
His agent Tim Buttimore is hopeful a new deal will be agreed within the next few weeks.
‘Talks are progressing well. He is really enjoying life out there and we want to get it sorted out sooner rather than later – a matter of a few weeks,’ Buttimore told The Times of London.
Toulon coach Philippe Saint-Andre was pleased to be on the verge of retaining a key member of his squad.
‘There is less pressure on him here and he looks happy,’ Saint-Andre said. ‘I have spoken with his agent and his dad and there are a few things to sort out, but I am confident he will stay.’
He added: “The salary cap [under which French clubs will operate next season] will not be a problem.’