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18 May 2014: Wasps v Stade Français

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Wasps's Badge Wasps 30
Stade's Badge Stade Français 29
Fixture Type: European Rugby Cup Venue: Home
Match Date: Sun 18 May 2014, Kick Off: 15:00

Wasps take a one-point lead to Paris

London Wasps 30 - 29 Stade Francais

Wasps came out of the blocks the more alert, piling the pressure on from a high Andy Goode kick off, winning a penalty for Goode to knock over the first points of the game.

Stade had a chance to even the scores soon after, when Wasps were penalised for offside on their ten metre line but Dupuy pulled his attempt at goal wide to the left.

A minute later, Dupuy had another attempt at goal, when Wasps were penalised for not supporting their own bodyweight at the breakdown, but, once again, he was wide of the mark.

It was former Wasp, Zak Taulafo who finally got the visitors off the mark after 11 minutes, when he bundled over the line after patient build-up from his side. Dupuy had no problem with the extras to put Stade Francais into a 7-3 lead.

Wasps hit straight back, moving the ball well to get themselves into the Stade Francais twenty-two, where they were awarded a penalty for offside. Goode struck the ball between the uprights to narrow the gap to a point.

Two fine passes and a bit of brilliance from Varndell got Wasps their next score, after a perfectly executed attacking lineout. Nathan Hughes went up at the back and fed the backline, Goode fizzed a lovely pass out to Daly, who then fired it wide to Varndell, who showed his class, leaving the covering defender in his wake to race down the touchline for Wasps’ first try of the game. Goode struck the touchline conversion over with seeming ease to make the score 13-7 to the hosts with 27 minutes on the clock.

The visitors were equally as good for their next score. After a number of phases, Stade found themselves deep inside the Wasps twenty-two. They moved the ball wide and a delicate bit of handling left Djibril Camara free out wide to run over for his side’s second try of the game. Dupuy was unsuccessful with the conversion, which left Wasps in a one-point lead with 31 minutes of the game gone.

That was how the score remained until the half, where Wasps took a one-point lead into the break.

Wasps looked to have scored early in the second half, when James Haskell showed some remarkable pace to race away and dot down under the posts, but the try went to the TMO for review and was disallowed because of a knock on earlier in the play.

Wasps didn’t have to wait long to actually score however. Stade Francais fumbled the ball in midfield and Goode pounced, hacking the ball on twice, the second of which was straight into the path of Ashley Johnson, who dived on it over the line. Goode converted the try to put the home side into a 20-12 lead with 46 minutes of the game played.

After 52 minutes, Kearnan Myall came on for Tom Palmer who, playing his last game for Wasps at Adams Park after two stints at the club, got a huge standing ovation from the crowd.

Stade had begun to exert some real pressure on the home side, camping inside the Wasps twenty-two for a long period. Playing with real momentum, Stade won a penalty in the shadow of the posts, Dupuy went quickly and, to stop a certain score, Haskell made the tackle without retreating the full ten metres. He was sent to the bin and Dupuy took the shot at goal, making the score 20-15.

Down to fourteen men, holding a five-point lead, it looked as though Wasps were under some pressure, but it was the men in black and gold who got the next points with a length of the pitch try. Wasps turned the ball over in their own twenty-two, Nathan Hughes carried, drawing two players and offloading to Simpson, who showed his pace to race to the corner from his own twenty-two metre line. Goode added the extras to put the home side into a 27-15 lead with twenty minutes of the game to play.

The visitors struck back almost immediately. Wasps had a box kick charged down and Van Zyl had an easy route to the tryline. Fillol added the conversion from out wide to narrow the gap to just five points.

After 64 minutes played, Simon McIntyre came on to replace Matt Mullan.

With fourteen minutes left to play, Haskell returned from the sin bin and he brought with him Guy Thompson, who replaced Ashley Johnson.

Soon after, with 70 minutes played, Taione Vea and Tom Lindsay replaced Phil Swainston and Carlo Festuccia.

Stade Francais broke the Wasps defence with just six minutes left to play, spreading the ball well and finding an outside shoulder for Waisea Vuidravuwalu to break away for a simple score. Fillol added the simple conversion to get his side into a two-point lead, 29-27 up.

With the clock ticking down to zero, Wasps attacked with everything they had, deep in the Stade twenty-two. They were awarded a penalty and, with time up, Andy Goode opted to kick for goal and his successful penalty gave Wasps the win and a one-point lead heading into the second leg away in Paris next weekend.

London Wasps team to play Stade Francais

15. Andrea Masi
14. Will Helu
13. Elliot Daly
12. Chris Bell (c)
11. Tom Varndell
10. Andy Goode
9. Joe Simpson
1. Matt Mullan
2. Carlo Festuccia
3. Phil Swainston
4. Joe Launchbury
5. Tom Palmer
6. Ashley Johnson
7. James Haskell
8. Nathan Hughes

16. Tom Lindsay
17. Simon McIntyre
18. Taione Vea
19. Kearnan Myall
20. Guy Thompson
21. Brett Sheehan
22. Joe Carlisle
23. Charlie Hayter

Stade Francais team

15. Hugo Bonneval
14. Julien Arias
13. Waisea Vuidravuwalu
12. Meyer Bosman
11. Djibril Camara
10. Morne Steyn
9. Julien Dupuy
1. Zak Taulafo
2. Laurent Sempere
3. Rabah Slimani
4. Alexandre Flanquart
5. Pascal Pape
6. Antoine Burban
7. Sylvain Nicolas
8. David Lyons

16. Laurent Panis
17. Hendrik van der Merwe
18. Davit Kubrishvili
19. Anton van Zyl
20. Scott Lavalla
21. Jerome Fillol
22. Jules Plisson
23. Jeremy Sinzelle