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European Cup | Edinburgh
19:00 (GMT) | 12-05-2017
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Thank you for joining us and remember to catch some more Super rugby action tomorrow and the European Cup final.
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After a quick restart Gloucester looks to attack but the player is tackled into touch and that is the final play. Stade Francais wins the Challenge Cup.
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Burns adds the extras.
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Stade Francais loses line-out ball and Gloucester looks to attack wide. Stade Francais defense hold up as the rest plays advantage for offside. Gloucester finds some space and Moriaty goes over for the try.
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Gloucester in possession deep inside their half, looking to run before the ball is kicked into touch.
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Parisse field the kick-off and Steyn clears into touch. Gloucester takes it quick and kicks it into touch.
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Steyn lines it up and it goes sailing over.
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After the restart, Stade Francais looks to atttack. Stade Francais scrum just over the halfway line. Du Preez feeds and Stade Francais looks to build a few phases. Penalty Stade Francais, they opt for gold.
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Steyn adds the extras.
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After some brilliant footwork from Doumayrou beating few players, he goes over for the try.
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Gloucester clears, line-out to Stade Francais who kciks and applies pressure. They win a line-out close to their oppositions 22.
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Penalty for Stade Francais in good kicking position and Steyn lines it up and the kick is short.
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Stade Francais looks to counter but the ball is lost forward. Scrum down Gloucester to feed deep inside their own half.
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Scrum deep inside their own half for Gloucester. Scrum reset. Scrum penalty to Gloucester. They opt for touch and Burns fails to find it.
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The ball is lost by Stade Francais and Gloucester kicks to relieve the pressure.
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Genia feeds and another scrum penalty is awarded to Stade Francais. They opt for touch finding it on the 22.
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After the restart both teams look to attack. Scrum Stade Francais ball.
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Plisson fails to add the extras.
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Gloucester looks to run the ball back but Stade Francais defense holds up. Camara intercepts and Dante goes over for the try.
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Gloucester looks to build a few phases before kicking and applying pressure. Marshall chases and almost goes over for the try. 22 drop-out
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Gloucester line-out on their own 22. They kick and the ball is lost forward, scrum Gloucester ball.
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Laidlaw feeds the scrum and the ball is turned over.
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Stade Francais in possession close to Gloucester's 22. Turn-over ball. Scrum Gloucester.
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Stade francais building a few phases, the ball is lost forward and Gloucester looks to build an attack. Penalty for Stade Francais in good kicking position. Plisson lines it up and misses.
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Gloucester line out, they look to maul before they kick and Stad Francais looks to counter from inside their own half.
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A few kicks being exchanged. May fields and calls mark. Stad Francais wins the ball back and looks to attack inside Gloucester's half. Their momentum is stopped by a handling error.
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Scrum penalty for Stad Francais and they opt for touch. The ball is lost at line-out time and Glocester looks to attack.
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Burns gets the second half on the way with a deep kick-off. Stad Francais secures the ball and looks to clear. Gloucester fields and looks to counter. Ball is turned over, scrum Stad Francais close to their own ten.

Half Time

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The ball is turned over and that's the end of the first half
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Penalty for Stade Francais, they find touch just inside Gloucester's 22 as they look to maul
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Stade Francaispenalty and they opt for touch and finds it close to the half. a Scuffle breaks out on the field and the players roughen each other up a bit.
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Stade Francais line-out deep inside their own half. They clear with a kick.
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Gloucester puts pressure on Plisson as he tries to kick and it almost ends up in a scoring opportunity but the ball is lost forward.
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Ben Morgan picks up at the back and runs them out of their own 22.
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Stade Francais finds space with a kick after the line-out but the ball is lost forward. Gloucester scrum deep inside their own half
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After the restart Plisson is taken out by Heinz and he gets a yellow card. Stade Francais opts for touch
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Plisson adds the extras.
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Stade Francais holding onto the ball and after a beautiful kick by Genia Parisse goes over for their first try of the night
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Genia feeds and a penalty is awarded to Stade Francais. They opt for touch
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After the restart Gloucester looks to attack but their momentum is stopped by a knock-on inside Stade Francais half
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Stade Francais penalty just over the half way line. Plisson lines it up and strikes it perfectly. It goes sailing over
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Stade Francais playing phase after phase looking for space. The ball is turned over and Gloucester looks to attack
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After the restart the Gloucester looks to attack and wins a penalty. They opt for touch but the ball is turned over and a penalty is awarded to Stade Francais
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Scrum for Gloucester. Stade Francais puts their scrum under pressure but they get the ball and looks to attack. Penalty for Gloucester in good kicking position. Billy Burns lines it up and strikes it perfectly. Over!!
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After the restart both teams look to attack and possession again changes hand a few times
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Burns adds the extras
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Stade Francais looking to attack wide before Jonny May intercepts and runs all the way to score the first try
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Possession changes hand a few times as both teams make good use of the boot. Line-out for Stade Francais but they take it quick and look to attack.
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Stade Francais line-out close to Gloucester's 22. They look to build a few phases
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Scrum reset. Willi Heinz feeds and kicks from the scrum
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Stade Francais attacking and finding space before a handling error stops their momentum. Scrum for Gloucester 7m away from their own try line
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Francais attacking the midfield and then goes wide and finds some space. Genia opts to kick and finds touch deep inside Glocesters half
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A bit of ping pong kicking by both teams. Francais attacking inside their own half
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Referee John Lacey blows his whistle and Plisson gets the game on the way with a deep kick-off. Gloucester clears with a kick and gives the possession to Francais
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The teams are doing their final preparations before running onto the field to face off in this Challenge Cup final
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This will be a close contested match as both teams have strong line-ups with a few international stars presenting both teams. Players to look out for in this match will have to be Tom Marshall, Jonny May and Ben Morgan for Gloucester and Will Genia, Sergio Parisse and Morné Steyn for Stade Francais.
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BOTH GLOUCESTER AND STADE FRANÇAIS WILL TRY TO TAKE THE EDGE OFF DISAPPOINTING LEAGUE SEASONS WHEN THEY MEET IN THE EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP FINAL AT MURRAYFIELD:Gloucester finished ninth in the 12-team Premiership and won just seven out of 22 league games. Meanwhile, Stade's very existence was under threat this season until a proposed merger with Paris rivals Racing 92, which resulted in a disruptive players' strike, fell through.Stade has won all three previous meetings with Gloucester, who are looking for a third Challenge Cup triumph after winning their two previous finals against London Irish (2006) and Edinburgh (2015).
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Welcome to Edinburgh, where we'll be covering this match between GLOUCESTER and STADE FRANCAIS
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Tom Marshall
  • 14 Charlie Sharples
  • 13 Matt Scott
  • 12 Mark Atkinson
  • 11 Jonny May
  • 10 Billy Burns
  • 9 Willi Heinz
  • 8 Ben Morgan
  • 7 Lewis Ludlow
  • 6 Ross Moriarty
  • 5 Jeremy Thrush
  • 4 Tom Savage
  • 3 John-Roy Afoa
  • 2 Richard Hibbard
  • 1 Josh Hohneck
RESERVES
  • 23 Henry Trinder
  • 22 Billy Twelvetrees
  • 21 Greig Laidlaw
  • 20 Freddie Clarke
  • 19 Mariano Galarza
  • 18 Paddy McAllister
  • 17 Yann Thomas
  • 16 Darren Dawidluk
START LINE UP
  • 15 Hugo Bonneval
  • 14 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu
  • 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • 12 Jonathan Danty
  • 11 Djibril Camara
  • 10 Jules Plisson
  • 9 Will Genia
  • 8 Sergio Parisse
  • 7 Jono Ross
  • 6 Antoine Burban
  • 5 Paul Gabrillagues
  • 4 Hugh Pyle
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 2 Remi Bonfils
  • 1 Heinke Van der Merwe
RESERVES
  • 23 Jeremy Sinzelle
  • 22 Morne Steyn
  • 21 Julien Dupuy
  • 20 Raphael Lakafia
  • 19 Willem Alberts
  • 18 Paul Alo-Emile
  • 17 Zurabi Zhvania
  • 16 Laurent Panis
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Preview: Gloucester v Stade Français

Thu, 11 May 2017 08:02

CHALLENGE CUP FINAL: Both Gloucester and Stade Français will try to take the edge off disappointing league seasons when they meet in the European Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield on Friday.

Gloucester finished ninth in the 12-team Premiership and won just seven out of 22 league games. Meanwhile, Stade's very existence was under threat this season until a proposed merger with Paris rivals Racing 92, which resulted in a disruptive players' strike, fell through.

Stade subsequently failed to qualify for the Top 14 play-offs, having been crowned champions of France two seasons ago.

So while lifting European rugby union's second-tier trophy will be welcome, victory in Edinburgh won't mask the underlying issues at either club.

"We are not where we want to be in the league. It is just as frustrating for us as it is for people watching. We beat La Rochelle away in the Challenge Cup semi-finals - they were undefeated at home this season - then not to back it up against Bath in the league the following week was disappointing," Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard said.

Stade has won all three previous meetings with Gloucester, who are looking for a third Challenge Cup triumph after winning their two previous finals against London Irish (2006) and Edinburgh (2015).

By contrast, Stade will be looking for their first major continental trophy after losing two European Cup finals and two Challenge Cup finals. They are now up against a Gloucester team who have won 10 of their last 11 games against Top 14 opposition in the Challenge Cup.

Stade saw their slim hopes of a Top 14 playoff spot disappear on Wednesday when French rugby bosses rejected an appeal against Montpellier for fielding an ineligible player. Had Stade's appeal succeeded, they might have been awarded victory in last weekend's 26-27 loss to Montpellier and thus leapfrogged Racing into the final playoff berth.

The French Rugby League (LNR) also handed Stade lock Pascal Pape a three-week ban for his red card in their 27-23 win over Racing 10 days ago, that ruled the experienced second row out of Friday's final.

But Stade, who beat Bath in the semi-finals, can still call upon the likes of France's Jules Plisson and South Africa's Morne Steyn

"Stade are a good team. There are some world-class players there, and if you give them a sniff of space, they are going to take it," Hibbard added.

Friday's match gives Gloucester scrumhalf and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw - a recent call-up to the British and Irish Lions - a chance to end his Cherry and Whites career with a trophy at a venue he knows well from numerous Test appearances before he joins French giants Clermont next season.

"It is always good to finish the season with some silverware. The season has been up and down, and it is about giving something back to the fans," he stated.

Former Stade star Christophe Dominici, the now retired France wing, is among a group of ex-players who have made a bid to buy the club.

"Everything is ready on the sports side," explained Dominici, adding his group could put together "a very beautiful team" for next season.

Previous results:

2005: Stade Français won 27-0, Paris
2004: Stade Français won 39-31, Gloucester
1998: Stade Français won 53-22, Gloucester

Prediction: This will be the fourth match between the clubs. Stade Français have won all three previous meetings, two European Cup pool stage games in 2004/05 and a Challenge Cup quarter-final in 1998. Gloucester is appearing in the Challenge Cup final for the third time, and are also looking for a third title having won their two previous appearances (2006 and 2015). This will be Stade's fifth European final but they are still striving for their first trophy, losing two European Cup finals (2001 and 2005) and two Challenge Cup finals (2011 and 2013). The Cherry and Whites have won 10 of their last 11 games against Top 14 opposition in the Challenge Cup, their only loss in the run coming against La Rochelle in Round Four this season. This will be the eighth Anglo-French final in the Challenge Cup, with Premiership clubs winning five of the previous seven. Gloucester has averaged just 10.5 turnovers conceded per game this season, the fewest of any side in 2016/17. Jules Plisson's drop goal in the semi-final, which secured Stade's passage to Murrayfield, was just the fourth successful drop goal in this season's tournament. Teammate Morné Steyn also slotted one earlier in the campaign (as did Angus O'Brien of the Newport Gwent Dragons and Gareth Anscombe for the Cardiff Blues.) All four players who have played in both of Stade's previous two Challenge Cup finals have featured for the Top 14 side this season (Julien Arias, Julien Dupuy, Remy Bonfils, and captain, Sergio Parisse). Arias also played in the European Cup final defeat in 2005. Billy Burns (7) and Billy Twelvetrees (6) have made the most and second most try assists respectively this season. Sergio Parisse (3) has the most for Stade. No player has made more tackles than Gloucester's Tom Savage this season (73/84), however, as a team, Stade Français have averaged more per game than any other side (133). We suspect that Gloucester will bag their first victory over Stade by about six points.

Teams:

Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (captain), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paddy McAllister, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Henry Trinder. 

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Jonathan Ross, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Paul Alo Emile, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Raphael Lakafia, 21 Julien Dupuy, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Jérémy Sinzelle. 

Date: Friday, May 12
Venue: Murrayfield
Kick-off: 18.00 (19.00 GMT)
Expected weather: A lovely Scottish summer's day is expected with overhead clouds and a high of 10°C
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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Stade Francais break Euro duck

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:22

EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP FINAL REPORT: Stade Francais won silverware outside their country at last, when they edged Gloucester 25-17 in Edinburgh on Friday.

Despite having won numerous French Top 14 titles, the French side had finally won a continental showpiece match - after previously losing two European Cup finals and two in the second-tier Challenge, with Geoffrey Doumayrou's try nine minutes from time the decisive score.

Gloucester raced into a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but the French outfit slowly worked their way back into the game and by the half-time break had levelled it up at 10-all.

In the second half their powerful scrum and superior kicking game started to take its toll and Gloucester and helped Stade Francais to end a long wait for European silverware.

Victory was all the sweeter for a Stade side whose very existence was under threat this season until a proposed merger with Paris rivals Racing 92 fell through.

They subsequently failed to qualify for the Top 14 play-offs, having been crowned champions of France just two seasons ago.

The first half ended all square at 10-10 after Jonny May's converted try and Billy Burns's penalty for Gloucester were cancelled out by a Jules Plisson penalty and Sergio Parisse's converted try for Stade.

But Stade pulled away after the break.

Defeat meant Gloucester failed to qualify for the Champions Cup play-offs, with Stade already having booked their place in the knockout matches that will decide the last entrant into next season's tournament.

For Gloucester, two-time Challenge Cup winners, it meant there was no flourish to a season that saw them finish a lowly ninth in the 12-team Premiership

Stade, with Australia scrumhalf Will Genia pulling the strings, enjoyed the better initial field position.

But it was Gloucester who opened the scoring against the run of play in the 14th minute.

After some sublime handling skill from Stade skipper Parisse, England wing May intercepted a pass from centre Jonathan Danty just outside his 22 and ran in unopposed from some 75 metres for a try under the posts.

Burns converted and minutes later extended the Cherry and Whites' lead to 10-0 with a long-range penalty.

The pressure being exerted by Stade's scrum was evident when Gloucester prop John Afoa went off in the 22nd minute before France flyhalf Plisson got Stade on the scoreboard with a superbly struck penalty from near halfway.

Stade's fightback continued when, after good work by their forwards, Genia's clever up and under was knocked back by lock Hugh Pyle near the Gloucester line and Italy No.8 star Parisse, Stade's skipper, pounced on the loose ball for a 32nd-minute try.

Plisson converted and the match was all square.

From the kick-off, Gloucester were a man down when captain and scrumhalf Willi Heinz received a yellow card from Irish referee John Lacey for a head-high challenge on fullback Hugo Bonneval.

Heinz did not return in the second half after his sin-binning, with Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw taking his place to huge cheers from his 'home crowd'.

Plisson missed a chance to put Stade ahead when he pushed a 40-metre penalty wide of the posts while Stade's back three were struggling under the high ball.

Scrumhalf Laidlaw, recently called into the British and Irish Lions' squad for their tour of New Zealand, produced a well-judged kick that caused chaos in the Stade defence but Gloucester fullback Tom Marshall just failed to get the touch down before the ball went dead.

Stade, just as Gloucester had done, then struck with an intercept try.

Djibril Camara grabbed Marshall's pass and then found Danty, who went in at the left corner.

Plisson missed the conversion but Stade were 15-10 up.

Doumayrou then gave Stade breathing space when, after he was missed by opposing centre Mark Atkinson, he scythed his way through Gloucester's defence.

Replacement Morné Steyn converted and the South African added a penalty to put Stade 25-10 up with just five minutes left.

Ross Moriarty crossed in the 79th minute but the Wales flank's try was too little, too late for Gloucester.

Man of the match: Charlie Sharples and Jonny May had their moments, while Ben Morgan showed oodles of energy. Geoffrey Doumayrou produced the crucial try, with some sublime stepping, while the front row of Rabah Slimani, Remi Bonfils and Heinke van der Merwe caused immense damage in the set pieces. However, our award goes to Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse for his composed and influential performance.

The scorers:

For Gloucester:
Tries:
 May, Moriarty
Cons: Burns 2
Pen: Burns

For Stade Francais:
Tries:
 Parisse, Danty, Doumayrou
Cons: Plisson, Steyn
Pens: Plisson, Steyn

Yellow card: Willi Heinz (Gloucester, 33 - foul play, high charge)

Teams:

Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (captain), 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Lewis Ludlow, 6 Ross Moriarty, 5 Jeremy Thrush, 4 Tom Savage, 3 John Afoa, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Josh Hohneck.
Replacements: 16 Darren Dawidiuk, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Paddy McAllister, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Freddie Clarke, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Henry Trinder.

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Jonathan Ross, 6 Antoine Burban, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Paul Alo Emile, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Raphael Lakafia, 21 Julien Dupuy, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Jérémy Sinzelle.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

Jonny May (14min) and Ross Moriarty (78min)
TRIES
Sergio Parisse (30min), Jonathan Danty (57min), and Geoffrey Doumayrou (70min)
Billy Burns (15min) and Billy Burns (79min)
CONVERSIONS
Jules Plisson (31min) and Morne Steyn (71min)
Billy Burns (20min)
PENALTIES
Jules Plisson (26min) and Morne Steyn (74min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Willi Heinz (32min)
 
 
VENUE Edinburgh
REFEREE John Lacey (Ireland)