Racing 92’s Donovan Taofifénua has been causing something of a sensation in French rugby this year and the winger was in fine form again in the opening round of the European Rugby Champions Cup against Connacht in Paris.
Taofifénua, who is the cousin of French internationalists Romain and Sébastien Taofifénua, has scored six tries so far in the Top 14 for Racing and is known as a consummate finisher.
This was no more demonstrated than with his acrobatic efforts in the first half in Paris, touching down in spectacular fashion.
Racing bossed the opening 40 minutes and proved too much for Connacht to handle as the home side racked up three tries in the first period.
Much of Taofifénua’s try was down to good hands from returning fly-half Finn Russell and former Wallaby full back Kurtley Beale, which created the space for the attack to roam and a fractured defensive line in the Connacht side.
Taofifénua somehow managed to ground the ball after launching himself into the air, showing an incredible level of athleticism in doing so.
Racing were pushed hard by the Irish visitors in the second half and only just held on to come out on top 26-22.
Now 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 is how to dot down! 🤩😍
Incredible athleticism from Donovan Taofifénua on his Champions Cup debut! 💫
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) December 13, 2020