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Last Updated: Saturday, 23 April, 2005, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
Pichot praises last-gasp Dominici
Christophe Dominci dives over to send Stade Francais into the Heineken Cup final
Stade Francais scrum-half Agustin Pichot paid tribute to Christophe Dominici after the winger sent the Paris side into the Heineken Cup final.

With Stade Francais trailing 17-13 deep into injury time, Dominici popped up to score near the posts and clinch a dramatic 20-17 win against Biarritz.

"Christophe is one of those brilliant players who can always come up with things like that," said Pichot.

"We have to improve a lot before the final," the scrum-half added.

Both sides seemed to struggle with nerves and were below their best for much of the match.

But the final stages were incredibly exciting as Stade Francais hammered away at the Biarritz line.

We are very sad and disappointed that we didn't win but perhaps we didn't score enough points in the first half
Biarritz scrum-half
Dimitri Yachvili

"We didn't perform in the first 30-40 minutes, but we played good rugby towards the end and in injury time," said Argentina international Pichot.

"Biarritz played well - especially in the first half - and maybe they should have been further ahead at half-time, but that's rugby."

Pichot said he did not care who won Sunday's second semi-final between Leicester and Toulouse.

"I hope the best team wins. I'd like to play either of them," he said.

Biarritz scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili was phlegmatic about a poor refereeing decision in the build-up to Stade Francais' first try.

Jerome Fillol's score was vital as the Paris side fought back to clinch a place in the final.

"There are four referees and officials out there - which is eight eyes - and they missed it. What do you want me to say about it?" said Yachvili.

"We are very sad and disappointed that we didn't win, but perhaps we didn't score enough points in the first half.

"We will now try to win the French Championship to make up for this."


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