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Alastair Hignell reports from Stade Francais.
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banner Saturday, 21 October, 2000, 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK
Wasps destroyed in France
Wasps' Kenny Logan
Kenny Logan: Good try, poor kicking
Stade Francais 40-10 Wasps

Diego Dominguez dominated as Wasps were demolished by Stade Francais at Stade Jean Bouin.

Dominguez received ample support from Christophe Dominici, who scored a hat-trick of tries from full-back as the London side were quite simply destoryed.

The mood was set by a super try by Dominguez who broke from his own half and the ball travelled via Christophe Moni, Cliff Mytton and Dominici before the outside-half finished off the classic move.

For the visitors, Kenny Logan was able to capitalise just once, when the huge English pack began to make big inroads with their back row gaining valuable metres, led by Andy Reed and Simon Shaw.

Thomas Lombard finished off another exciting move after Franck Comba caught Josh Lewsey's up and under and Frabrice Landreau broke the decisive tackle.

Wasps began to motor behind their pack and Alex King was given a second chance at a quickly-taken penalty. The Stade Francais defence was caught unawares and Logan outran Dominici for the corner flag.

Guilty

But Logan was also guilty of failing to capitalise with two easy penalties that he missed, the latter on the stroke of half-time in front of the posts. Stade began kicking for position but it was the pace and cutting edge of Dominici that put victory out of sight for Wasps.

Dominici sidestepped, ducked and dragged himself over for his first try and the World Cup star showed pace in midfield for a second.

Wasps were plainly out of the game when Dominici completed his hat-trick after his forwards kept possession of the ball down the blindside.

Difficult

It left Wasps director of rugby Nigel Melville to reflect on the now very difficult task of qualifying for the next stage.

"We have been struggling in lots of games this season and physically it's taken its toll," he said.

"Our forwards gave us strong positions towards the end of the first half and had we scored in that time it could have been a different ending.

"They are a very capable side able to take any team on but it was their defence that played very well in that period. We knew they were a good team and it was confirmed. They were able to take one man off and another good one came on."

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