European Challenge Cup final: Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais

European Challenge Cup final: Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais

A turbulent year for Stade Francais has ended with the French side winning their first ever European silverware as they overcame Gloucester in the Challenge Cup final at Murrayfield on Friday night.

England winger Jonny May’s intercept try put the Cherry and Whites, who needed to win to keep their Champions Cup qualification hopes alive, ahead at Murrayfield after 15 minutes.

But Italy and Stade Francais captain Sergio Parisse crossed to make it 10-10 at half-time.

Jonathan Danty’s try and Geoffrey Doumayrou’s fine solo score gave the French team a deserved victory.

Lions back-rower Ross Moriarty scored a consolation for Gloucester late on but it was too little, too late.

Gloucester: 15 Tom Marshall, 14 Charlie Sharples, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Mark Atkinson, 11 Jonny May, 10 Billy Burns, 9 Willi Heinz (c), 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, 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: 20:00 BST (19:00 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Ben Whitehouse (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
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