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Stade Francais 31-7 Edinburgh

Stade Francais (28) 31
Tries: Arias, Parisse, Pape, Beauxis Cons: Dupuy 3, Beauxis Pens: Oelschig
Edinburgh (0) 7
Try: Cairns Con: Godman


Stade's England flanker James Haskell scrags Chris Paterson
Stade's England flanker James Haskell scrags Chris Paterson of Edinburgh

Stade Francais launched their Heineken Cup campaign with a bonus-point victory over outgunned Edinburgh on Saturday.

Converted tries from Julien Arias and Sergio Parisse put the home side 14-0 up after only nine minutes.

Julien Dupuy landed his third conversion when Pascal Pape went over and Lionel Beauxis then converted his own try to make it 28-0 at the break.

Stade added a Noel Oelschig penalty before Ben Cairns scored a late consolation try for the visitors.

Stade Francais made a poor start to their Top 14 campaign but have powered up the table since parting company with coaches Ewen McKenzie and Christophe Dominici.

In contrast, Edinburgh's fine start to the Magners League has stalled with two consecutive defeats.

The difference in form was evident from the first whistle of the Pool Four encounter in Paris.

The home team's first try came after a promising attack from Edinburgh broke down when John Houston lost control of the ball after half-breaking through the Stade Francais defence.

It was kicked into the hands of Arias, and the right wing scooted down the blind-side on halfway before beating the despairing tackle of Edinburgh fly-half Phil Godman and racing over.

Three minutes later, Arias was sprung through a gap from an inside pass after Stade won ball off the top at a line-out, and the wing sent Parisse cantering over.

Giant second row Pape then dummied his way over before Beauxis finished off a flowing move to ensure Stade Francais had the bonus point safely tucked away by half-time.

After the break, a combination of Stade Francais taking their foot off the pedal and Edinburgh improving at the contact area saw the visitors come more into the game.

But try as they might they lacked the pace or power to break down the defence of the hosts until the closing stages.

The Parisian giants added their only points of the half when Oelschig emulated the kicking accuracy of the man he had replaced, Dupuy, by bisecting the posts.

His penalty took the score to 31-0 and, although Cairns went over for a converted try late in the game, Stade Francais had long since laid down a marker for the rest of Europe.


Edinburgh coach Rob Moffat:

"I'm not happy. We were poor in the first half and Stade are the sort of team that can kill you.

"We gifted them three tries and we did the same thing in the Magners League against the Ospreys last weekend.

"They (Stade) are a quality side but you can't afford to be 28-0 down and expect to come back and win games."


Stade Francais: Southwell; Arias, Bousses, Messina, Gasnier; Beauxis, Dupuy, Roncero, Szarzewski, Marconnet, Palmer, Pape, Haskell, Burban, Parisse.

Replacements: Phillips for Southwell (67), M Bergamasco for Beauxis (62), Oelschig for Dupuy (41), Weber for Roncero (62), Blin for Szarzewski (62), Attoub for Marconnet (40), Marchois for Pape (67), Kayser for Burban (34).

Edinburgh: Paterson; Robertson, Cairns, Houston, Visser; Godman, M Blair; Jacobsen, Ford, G Cross, C Hamilton, MacLeod, MacDonald, R Grant, Hogg.

Replacements: Jones for Paterson (60), De Luca for Houston (48), R Grant for M Blair (62), Traynor for Jacobsen (48), S Turnbull for C Hamilton (50), Newlands for Hogg (62).

Not Used: Kelly, Laidlaw.

Att: 10,000

Ref: Nigel Owens (WRFU).



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see also
Heineken Cup group-by-group guide
08 Oct 09 |  Rugby Union
Scots upbeat over Heineken hopes
07 Oct 09 |  Scottish
Heineken Cup 2009/10
22 Dec 09 |  Rugby Union
Heineken Cup tables
09 Aug 06 |  Tables
European rugby archive
16 Aug 06 |  Rugby Union


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