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30 Sep 2001: London Wasps v Stade Francais

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Match Report
London Wasps's Badge London Wasps 19
Stade's Badge Stade Francais Paris 25
Fixture Type: Heineken Cup Venue: Loftus Road
Match Date: Sun 30 Sep 2001, Kick Off: 15:45
Referee: Iain Ramage

A succession of missed penalties and two conversions, cost London Wasps the match against the team from Paris this afternoon.

Sting with members of Amersham & Chiltern RFC

Sting with members of Amersham & Chiltern RFC

For the French side Diego Dominguez missed just once as he scored 20 points, while Kenny Logan succeeded with only three kicks from nine attempts and with an overall tally of 41 penalties in the game, kicking proved to be the crucial difference between the two sides as London Wasps lost by six points to Stade Francais.

This first round game in the Heineken European Cup failed to live up to its promise and Wasps paid dearly for their handling errors and again, a failure to take their own ball in the line-out. Stade Francais, playing with a strong wind in the first half, dominated possession and the fly half kicked them into a 15-3 lead, pulled back on the stroke of half-time as Kenny kicked his second penalty.

Soon after the break, former Wasp flanker Richard Poole-Jones was sin-binned for a stiff arm tackle on Craig Dowd and during that ten minute spell Wasps managed to get back to 15-14, through a third penalty and a well deserved try from Josh Lewsey. A long spell of pressure on the French line and a back line well off-side, spurred Matt Leek to throw a long pass into the gap Josh had picked and his pace and power took him over.

But we could do little more and as Thomas Lombard came off his wing to tear through the Wasps defence in the 64th minute, the try under the posts, the conversion and yet another penalty wrapped up the game for Stade Francais. As the clock recorded injury time, Kenny Logan went over for a consolation try to take the score to within six points.

Wasps were brave and full of battle, spilling plenty of blood in the process, but may now pay a heavy price for all their missed opportunities. Phil Greening had seven stitches in his right eyebrow, Craig Dowd three on the bridge of his nose, and both Will Green and Simon Shaw needed attention for blood injuries.