Thursday 20 July 2017

Connacht face Saints after Stade success

Gloucester 17 Stade Francais 25

Stade Francais' Geoffrey Doumayrou scores his side's third try. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA
Stade Francais' Geoffrey Doumayrou scores his side's third try. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA

Ed Osmond

Connacht will travel to Northampton Saints for their Champions Cup play-off semi-final next Saturday (4.0) after Gloucester's hopes were dashed by defeat in last night's Challenge Cup final.

Stade Francais' triumph means that David Humphreys' Gloucester lose out to the Saints - who finished seventh in the Aviva Premiership, to the Cherry and Whites' ninth - as the English representatives in the play-off.

Stade host Cardiff Blues in the other semi-final; Connacht will have home advantage in the final - on Friday, May 26 (7.45) if they win at Franklin's Gardens.

Stade ran in two opportunist second-half tries to overpower Gloucester and claim the first European title in their history.

Stade Francais' Jonathan Danty scores his side's second try. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA
Stade Francais' Jonathan Danty scores his side's second try. Photo: Jane Barlow/PA

The French side weathered a strong Gloucester start to reach the interval at 10-10, and centres Jonathan Danty and Geoffrey Doumayrou crossed the line to secure a deserved victory.

England winger Jonny May gave Gloucester an early lead when he intercepted a pass before scorching to the line, but Italy No 8 Sergio Parisse took advantage of a knockback close to the line to cross for Stade.

Another interception allowed Danty to run in a try, and Doumayrou showed quick feet to scamper over for a brilliant individual score, before Ross Moriarty got a late consolation.

Irish Independent

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