Tuesday 16 January 2018

Stade look to get one over on old foes

Stade Francais welcome Clermont Auvergne to Stade Charlety in the Challenge Cup semi-final tonight, two weeks after Michael Cheika's charges suffered a 20-12 Top 14 defeat at the hands of the French champions, WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

Mathieu Bastareaud will go head-to-head with Aurelien Rougerie in a cataclysmic battle at outside centre, while Julien Dupuy faces off against Morgan Parra at scrum-half.

Clermont may have their eye on the Top 14, so Stade should progress as a result and Munster may yet get another date with their old friend from Leinster, Cheika.

Verdict: Stade Francais

Stade Francais (v Clermont Auvergne) -- H Southwell; J Arias, M Bastareaud, G Tiesi, G Bousses; L Beauxis, J Dupuy; R Roncero, L Sempere, D Attoub; T Palmer, P Pape; J Haskell, A Burban, S Parisse (capt).

Reps: R Bonfils, R Slimani, D Weber, A Marchois, P Rabadan, J Leguizamon, N Oelschig, O Phillips.

Clermont Auvergne -- T Pisi; W Fofana, A Rougerie (capt), M Joubert, K Murimurivalu; B Russell, M Parra; V Debaty, W Wepener, D Zirakashvili; J Pierre, T Privat; J Cudmore, J Bardy, E Vermeulen. Reps: M Ledesma, L Faure, M Scelzo, A Audebert, S Lauaki, K Senio, G Canale, A Floch.

REF -- N Owens (Wales).

Stade Francais v Clermont Auvergne,

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