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Stade Francais 15-13 Bath

Stade Francais (15) 15
Tries: Arias (2) Cons: Beauxis Pens: Beauxis

Bath (10) 13
Tries: Claassens Cons: Little Pens: Little (2)

Heineken Cup

Bath's Heineken Cup hopes ended in a brave loss to Stade Francais in a match played in dreadful conditions in Paris.

Two Julien Arias tries, both set up by Mathieu Bastaraud, did the damage.

One was in the left-hand corner after Basteraud's chip ahead, and the other was a close-range effort on the right to finish a Basteraud-inspired attack.

Bath's Michael Claassens pulled a try back and although Stade failed to score in the second half, Bath only added one penalty and fell just short of victory.

Bath head coach Steve Meehan:

"It came down to the conditions and, from time to time, our inaccuracies but I was happy with the effort and proud of the guys.

"It was a terrific performance. At one stage, it was 15-3 and we got it back to 15-13. We are desperately disappointed that we couldn't go on further.

"It was a terrific effort considering we were playing on a cabbage patch. The pitch didn't impress too many guys that were out there. It's something Stade Francais must look at and improve."

Stade Francais: Beauxis, Arias, Bastareaud, Messina, M. Bergamasco, Mieres, Southwell, Roncero, Szarzewski, Marconnet, Palmer, Pape, Haskell, Rabadan, Leguizamon.

Replacements: Kayser for Szarzewski (51), Burban for Rabadan (41). Not Used: Slimani, Ledesma, Vigouroux, Barraud, Bousses, Gasnier.

Bath: Maddock, Stephenson, Carraro, Hape, Banahan, Little, Claassens, Flatman, Mears, Wilson, Grewcock, Short, Beattie, Salvi, Watson.

Replacements: Cuthbert for Stephenson (55), Davis for Little (62), Dixon for Mears (25), Hooper for Short (63), Skirving for Beattie (73). Not Used: Barnes, Bell, Bemand.

Att: 10,000

Ref: A Lewis (Ireland)

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