Connacht face Saints after Stade success
Gloucester 17 Stade Francais 25
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.
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.