Tuesday 20 August 2019

Stade take on Top 14 leaders Clermont

Jules Plisson of Stade Francais kicks a penalty
Jules Plisson of Stade Francais kicks a penalty

John Fallon

French champions Stade Francais will warm up for the Champions Cup with a tasty Top 14 clash with leaders Clermont Auvergne in Paris on Sunday.

Stade will go into the game bidding to bounce back from a 28-23 defeat away to Agen which leaves them third from bottom on just nine points after seven games.

They trailed 13-10 at Agen at the interval last weekend, with Jules Plisson kicking a penalty and then converting a try from Paul Williams.

But Agen pulled away in the second-half despite two more penalties for a Stade side who had two men binned in the closing stages and who were fighting an uphill battle by the time they got a late penalty try.

Across the water, Leicester Tigers have won all three Premiership games but have to be content with second place as Saracens have a point more than them. Leicester continued their winning start with a 26-16 home win over Wasps in front of 19,746 at Welford Road.

Fijian Verenkii Goneva gave them an early boots with a try and they led 13-9 at the break.

Tongan Telusa Veainus crowned his debut with a try moments after coming on while Owen Williams - in for the injured Tommy Bell - saw them home with a haul which included four penalties and a conversion. They are away to Exeter Chiefs this weekend.

Treviso, who visit Thomond Park next weekend, remain rooted to the bottom of the Pro12 with a sixth straight defeat, in which they went down 27-3 at home to Leinster. The Italians travel to Galway this evening to take on Connacht.

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