Sunday 23 October 2016

Boost for Stade ahead of Paris derby

John Fallon

Published 23/10/2015 | 02:30

Jules Plisson
Jules Plisson

Stade Francais got themselves off the bottom of the Top 14 and moved up to tenth with an impressive 22-9 home win over Castres.

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The French champions, top seeds in Munster's European Champions Cup pool, led 13-3 at the interval thanks to a try from full-back Hugo Bonneval.

The boot of Jules Plisson did the rest, with the out-half landing five penalties as well as a conversion.

It was the perfect boost ahead of tonight's first Paris derby of the season at Racing Metro.

Leicester Tigers kicked off their Premiership campaign with a 28-16 win at London Irish.

It was the perfect start Richard Cockerill's new No 2 Aaron Mauger, the former All Black centre who played for the Tigers from 2007-10.

Centre Peter Betham, Leicester's new signing from the Waratahs, got their only try as young out-half Tommy Bell kicked 23 points.

Leicester will entertain Harlequins this weekend - Conor O'Shea's side defeated Wasps 26-21 in their opener.

Treviso are still looking for their first win of the season and are second from bottom above a Zebre side who have not even picked up a bonus point after four games in the Pro12.

Treviso lost 25-22 at home to Ospreys and travel to play Dragons this weekend, with the Newport side two points above them with just one win in four so far.

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