Match Report: Stade Francais 26-20 Edinburgh

Match Report: Stade Francais 26-20 Edinburgh – Scots’ fightback falls short in Paris

  • A dominant first half was enough for Stade Francais to record a bonus-point win against Edinburgh
  • Tries from Remy Bonfils, Hugo Bonneval, Penalty and Geoffrey Doumayrou gave the French side a convincing 26-3 lead at halftime
  • Edinburgh fought back after the restart with scores from Fraser Mckenzie, Viliame Mata and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
Stade Francais blitzed their way to a try-scoring bonus-point in the first half before Edinburgh came storming back to claim a losing bonus-point in Paris.

After a prolonged period of pressure, Stade Francais opened the scoring through hooker Remy Bonfils. Fly-half Jules Plisson then added the extras to give the hosts a seven-point lead.

Jason Tovey narrowed the deficit with a three-pointer but the home side replied with their second try of the game through France international full-back Hugo Bonneval. This time Plisson fired his conversion wide, 12-3.

Stade Francais were then awarded a penalty try following an Edinburgh scrum offence. Plisson again adding the extras.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Scots as Simon Berghan was shown a yellow card for the scrum infringement before centre Geoffrey Doumayrou scored the home side’s fourth touchdown of the night soon after to secure the try-scoring bonus-point.

Plisson again converted to give the home side a dominant 26-3 lead at the break.



Edinburgh needed to regroup at the break, knowing a defeat would open the door to Harlequins to go top if they beat Timisoara Saracens.

That they did as the Scots looked a different team in the second period, with tries from lock Fraser McKenzie and replacement Viliame Mata in the 46th and 62nd minute reducing the arrears down to 26-15. Suddenly it was game on at Stade Jean Bouin as Edinburgh pushed hard.

But as time ticked on an incredible win seemed unlikely with only a try from scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne with a minute to play managing to give a gutsy Edinburgh side a losing bonus-point for their efforts, which could well come in handy at the conclusion of the pool stages.

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Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Jérémy Sinzelle, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Josaia Raisuqe, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sekou Macalou, 6 Jonathan Ross, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Remi Bonfils, 1 Emmanuel Felsina
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Giorgi Melikidze, 19 Mathieu De Giovanni, 20 Sylvain Nicolas, 21 Arthur Coville, 22 Morné Steyn, 23 Julien Arias
Edinburgh: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Damien Hoyland, 13 Michael Allen, 12 Chris Dean, 11 Tom Brown, 10 Jason Tovey 9 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Cornell Du Preez, 5 Ben Toolis, 4 Fraser McKenzie, 3 Simon Berghan, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: 16 Neil Cochrane, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Murray McCallum, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Viliame Mata, 21 Sean Kennedy, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Glenn Bryce
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