Genia happy, relishing Bath clash

Date published: April 3 2017

Stade Français scrum-half Will Genia hailed his side’s showing as they beat the Ospreys in their Challenge Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

Despite having Josaia Raisuqe red carded, the French team managed to overcome the Welshmen, winning 25-21 at Principality Stadium.

Stade will now take on Bath in the semi-finals at Stade Jean Bouin, with Genia delighted to have booked their place in Europe’s final four.

“It was quite tough as we had very little possession. We went down to 14 men for pretty much the whole second half which made things hard,” he told EPC Rugby following the hard-fought result in Cardiff.

“When we had the opportunity to score points, we did; the cross-field kick, the interception try, those things are crucial as we did not have very much ball.

“This is massive for us. To beat a quality opposition on a big stage is very pleasing and hopefully we can find some momentum now.”

On the prospect of facing Bath, he added: “Bath will be a very tough test. They are a quality side when they have all their players back.

“George Ford will probably be playing for the semi-final, so that will be a very tough test for us.

“When the time comes for the semi-final we will focus on that.

“In your career you are not going to play in many semi-finals, finals, so the big occasions in the big stadiums have to be enjoyed and grasped.

“For us the Bath game will be massive, you want to win trophies at the end of the day.”