Thursday 23 November 2017

Boost for Stade ahead of Paris derby

Jules Plisson
Jules Plisson

John Fallon

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.

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.

Irish Independent

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