Thomas gives up hat-trick chance to teammate as Racing reach Euro final

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Paris (AFP) – French winger Teddy Thomas scored two tries as Racing 92 defeated Munster 27-22 to reach the European Champions Cup final Sunday and was then hailed for his sportsmanship after giving up a hat-trick chance so that a teammate could get on the scoresheet. Thomas, dropped by the French Six Nations squad after a late night out in Edinburgh earlier this year, scored twice in the first half but then unselfishly allowed Maxime Machenaud to claim the third try despite already being inside the dead ball area and only needing to touch the ball down. However, he opted to pop the ball into the hands of captain Machenaud who was playing in front of family and friends at the match in Bordeaux, the 29-year-old scrum-half’s home town. “I applaud Teddy for that. He did it for my family who were here — it was something very special to do,” said Machenaud. “He is someone who can be quite unpredictable. Wingers, they like to score and have the stats but show their generosity.” Racing coach Laurent Travers said he was briefly concerned at what 24-year-old Thomas was planning when he went ov...

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