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Stade Français win again

27th September 2013 21:34

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Stade Francais fly half Jules Plisson celebrates

Try for Stade Français: Jules Plisson

Stade Français continued their excellent start to the Top 14 season on Friday with a 18-11 victory over high-flying Montpellier in Paris.

Stade Français provisionally took top spot in France with another confident display as the Paris giants confirmed their status as a rejuvenated force this season.

Stade scored two tries, one in each half, to claim a sixth win in eight games.

The Parisians, reborn under new coach Gonzalo Quesada, have endured a lean time in France in the last four seasons, finishing in 8th, 11th, 7h and 10th place.

But last weekend, Stade moved into second spot after ending promoted Oyonnax's 22-month undefeated home run with a 16-15 win.

Montpellier, meanwhile, had shocked European Cup runners-up Clermont 43-3 with scrum-half Jonathan Pelissie contributing 31 points.

Pelissie resumed where he left off on Friday by kicking a fourth minute penalty for a 3-0 lead.

But Pelissie wasn't allowed the same freedom to exploit spaces by Stade and after he missed another penalty and fly-off François Trinh-Duc had gone wide with two optimistic drop goal attempts, the home side pounced.

Julien Dupuy levelled with a penalty before skipper Sergio Parisse was twice involved in the move which led to the only try of the first half.

His crucial link-up play allowed winger Julien Arias to unleash a clever flicked pass which eventually led to prop Rabah Slimani finishing off the cross-field move.

Dupuy added the conversion for a 10-3 half-time lead at Stade Jean Bouin which had earlier observed a minute's silence for a worker killed in an accident at the ground on Wednesday night.

Dupuy then succeeded with a 47-metre penalty early in the second half for a 13-3 advantage which was quickly trimmed by a penalty by Pelissie.

Stade then grabbed their second try of the night when full-back Hugo Bonneval drew two defenders before quickly off-loading to Jules Plisson who sprinted away to score.

The try survived a video referral for a possible knock-on before Dupuy missed the conversion.

Stade's 18-6 lead didn't last too long as Trinh-Duc then went over in the corner for Montpellier for 18-11.

The French international fly-half fell short with the conversion and Stade comfortably played out the remainder of the game.

The scorers:

For Stade Français:
Tries: Slimani, Plisson
Cons: Dupuy
Pens: Dupuy 2

For Montpellier:
Try: Trinh-Duc
Pens: Pelissie 2

Stade Français: 15 Hugo Bonneval, 14 Julien Arias, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Djibril Camara, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Julien Dupuy, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Pierre Rabadan, 6 Scott Lavalla, 5 Pascal Pape, 4 Gerhard Mostert , 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Laurent Sempere, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 David Attoub, 18 Alexandre Flanquart, 19 Antoine Burban, 20 Jerome Fillol, 21 Jonathan Danty, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Sakaria Taulafo,

Montpellier: 15 Anthony Floch, 14 Timoci Nagusa, 13 Anthony Tuitavake, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Yoan Audrin, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 Alex Tulou, 7 Alexandre Bias, 6 Fulgence Ouedraogo, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Bobins Tchale watchou, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Mickael Ivaldi, 1 Yvan Watremez.
Replacements: 16 Charles Geli, 17 Nicolas Mas, 18 Johan Aliouat, 19 Kelian Galletier, 20 Benoit Paillaugue, 21 Thomas Combezou, 22 Benoit Sicart, 23 Naama Leleimalefaga.

Referee: C. Lafon

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PosTeamPPts
1Toulon2677
2Montpellier2676
3Clermont Auvergne2673
4Toulouse2669
5Racing Metro Paris2669