Benetton Treviso 17-50 Stade Francais: All Pinks touch down seven tries as Gonzalo Quesada’s men thrash Italians on their travels
Stade Francais ran in seven tries in their emphatic 50-17 bonus-point win over Benetton Treviso
Samoa winger Paul Williams crossed for two of the tries
Waisea Nayacalevu, Julien Arias, Sylvain Nicolas, Meyer Bosman and Sergio Parisse also touched down for the All Pinks
The hosts got three late consolation tries through Sam Christie, Simone Ragusi and Marco Lazzaroni
Stade Francais scored seven tries as they crushed Italian minnows Benetton Treviso 50-17 at the Comunale di Monigo for their first win in Europe this season.
Waisea Nayacalevu, Julien Arias, Paul Williams, Sylvain Nicolas and Meyer Bosman got first-half tries, Jules Plisson with four goals from five attempts on top of an early penalty goal as Stade led 36-0 at half time.
And their dominance continued straight after the break as Sergio Parisse went in and Williams got his second, both converted by Plisson, to make it 50-0.
But Treviso were able to restore some pride late on with three unanswered tries in the final quarter through Sam Christie, Simone Ragusi and Marco Lazzaroni, Jayden Hayward with one goal.
Despite an underwhelming start to their Top 14 season, French champions Stade, who sit 11th in the domestic table, travelled to Italy as firm favourites.
That tag was fully justified in a stunning opening period as the All Pinks stormed into a 22-0 lead after just 11 minutes.
Plisson, who finished the game with 15 points, kicked a penalty on two minutes, but the visitors’ first try came shortly after as number 11 Vuidarvuwalu thundered in out wide four minutes in.
Plisson added the extras and the big guns were swiftly 17 points up as Arias, a two-time French international enjoying his 11th year with the club, scorched over on 11 minutes.
Plisson missed his conversion attempt and a brief halt in momentum then came, but the home defence only stood for a further 11 minutes as former Toulouse flanker Nicolas romped over to secure the visitors a bonus point, Plisson notching his third goal.
Thirty-year-old centre Bosman was next to go in, the three-cap South African, who last played internationally in 2006, smashed his way over the line to score against the increasingly hapless hosts.
Plisson again added the two, making it 36-0 to the rampant visitors after just 27 minutes.
Stade, the 14-time French champions who were Heineken Cup runners up in 2005, enjoyed further dominance in the opening stages of the second period as captain Parisse crashed in for his side’s sixth try of a clinical afternoon in northern Italy.
Plisson made it 43-0 and Gonzalo Quesada’s domestically out-of-sorts visitors soon hit the half century, Samoa’s former Sale man Williams scooting over, Plisson with the extras on 53 minutes.
But the hosts enjoyed something of a resurgence in the closing stages, racking up a creditable 17 points in the final 22 minutes of the game.
New Zealander Christie kicked off the mini revival with a morale-boosting home try which laid the platform for a dominant end to the game.
As the likes of Will Genia were withdrawn by the visitors, Treviso took hold of the tie.
Ex-Bridgend fly half Ragusi, 23, got the home side’s second try on 71 minutes, dancing over from close range, former Super Rugby starlet Hayward with the goal.
And Marco Lazzaroni capped off a positive end to a tough evening for the Italians with a fully-deserved try. The 20-year-old lock, who was plucked from Italy’s third tier just a year ago, crossed for his first European five-pointer with two minutes to play.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Stade Francais: Chris Smylie
On the end of a tough result, Treviso fly-half Smylie, who picked up two Sevens caps for New Zealand in 2002, emerged with huge credit. The 33-year-old, an knowledgeable head in a side which lacks experience, will be an important figure for the Italians in this year’s Pro12 campaign.
Treviso: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Andrea Pratichetti, 13 Enrico Bacchin, 12 Samuel Christie, 11 Edoardo Gori, 10 Jayden Hayward, 9 Chris Smylie, 8 Alessandro Zanni, 7 Francesco Minto, 6 Andrea De Marchi, 5 Filo Paulo, 4 Rudolph Naude, 3 Alberto de Marchi, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Matteo Zanusso.
Replacements: 16 Roberto Santamaria, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Rupert Harden, 19 Tom Palmer, 20 Marco Lazzaroni, 21 Alberto Sgarbi, 22 James Ambrosini, 23 Simone Ragusi.
Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Paul Williams, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Sylvain Nicolas, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Pascal Papé, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Paul Alo Emile, 2 Laurent Sempéré, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Laurent Panis, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Zak Taulafo, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Raphael Lakafia, 21 Clement Daguin, 22 Jonathan Danty, 23 Hugo Bonneval.
Date: Saturday, December 12
Venue: Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Kick-off: 16:15 local (15:15 GMT)
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce (England), Peter Allan (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)