Bucharest Oaks proved they're no pushovers as they fought hard before going down 20-29 to Stade FranÃ§ais in Romania.
Bucharest Oaks proved they're no pushovers as they fought hard before going down 20-29 to Stade FranÃ§ais in the Amlin Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The visitors outscored their hosts four tries to two, but Sergio Parisse's side where never able to fully take control of the game, despite having been predicted to make light work of the Bucharest outfit.
Despite the scare the Parisians maintained their 100 per cent record in Pool Four with a bonus-point victory.
The French giants named a full strength line-up for the trip to Romania but they were pushed all the way against the spirited hosts.
Stelian Burcea and Madalin Lemnaru touched down for Bucharest but Stade hit back with four tries through Hugo Bonneval, Laurent Sempere, Pascal Pape and Sergio Parisse to stretch their lead to 10 points over Leeds Carnegie.
Tries: Lemnaru, Burcea
Cons: Dumbrava 2
Pens: Calafeteanu 2
For Stade FranÃ§ais:
Tries: Bonneval, Sempere, Pape, Parisse
Cons: Dupuy 3
Bucharest: 15 Florin Vlaicu, 14 Madalin Lemnaru, 13 Costi Gheara, 12 Catalin Dascalu, 11 Ionut Botezatu, 10 Dan Dumbrava, 9 Vali Calafeteanu,8 Daniel Carpo, 7 Daniel Ianus, 6 Stelian Burcea, 5 Valentin Popirlan, 4 Alex Valcu, 3 Vlad Badalicescu, 2 Andrei Radoi, 1 Petru Tamba.
Replacements: 16 Catalin Beca, 17 Mihai Dico, 18 Nicolae Nere, 19 Marian Drenceanu, 20 Viorel Lucaci, 21 Vali Ivan, 22 Marian Apostol, 23 Catalin Fercu.
Stade FranÃ§ais: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Quentin Valancon, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Gonzalo Tiesi, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 James Haskell, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Damien Weber.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Pedro Ledesma, 18 Arthur Joly, 19 Arnaud Marchois, 20 Juan Leguizamon, 21 Noel Oelschig, 22 Benjamin Tardy, 23 Hugo Southwell.
Referee: Alan Falzone