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Stade Francais get up and running

John Fallon

Published 18/12/2015 | 02:30

Stade Francais Paris' French Flanker Sylvain Nicolas (R) vies for the ball during the match between Stade Francais and ASM Clermont Auvergne, on November 8, 2015 (Getty Images)
Stade Francais Paris' French Flanker Sylvain Nicolas (R) vies for the ball during the match between Stade Francais and ASM Clermont Auvergne, on November 8, 2015 (Getty Images)

Stade Francais, pointless after their opening-round trip to Welford Road, got their Champions Cup campaign up and running with a bonus-point win in Treviso.

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The Italians, who have now lost all 12 games in the Pro12 and Europe this season, were blown away in the opening half when the Paris side opened up a commanding 36-0 lead.

Indeed, Stade Francais led by 22-0 after just 11 minutes as Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, Julien Arias and Paul Williams raced in to score tries.

That really left the margin of victory all that needed to be decided as Treviso slumped to another demoralising defeat.

The bonus point was in the bag before half-time when Sylvain Nicolas crossed and they led 36-0 at the interval. Treviso offered scant resistance after the restart as Stade got over for another couple of tries to leave Stadio Monigo with a 50-17 win.

Stade will host Treviso in Paris tomorrow when they will expect to wrap up another five points before they meet Munster in the back-to-back games next month.

Stade are currently 11th in the Top 14 and will turn their attention after this weekend to important festive clashes away to Oyonnax on December 27 and then at home to Toulouse on January 3.

The French champions are currently eight points above the relegation zone and ten points off a play-off spot at the top of the table so they can't afford to lose any further ground in the defence of their crown.

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