Sunday, June 14, 2015

Stade Francais shake things up in France!

Morne Steyn ( picture
The Top 14 finished up on Saturday with classic finals rugby ie not nearly as entertaining as the semis. No tries were scored, and it wasn’t through lack of trying, but defence was the order of the day, and there just weren’t any gaps. Clermont tried to play their normal running game, but got smashed back time after time. Stade had a more pragmatic approach, keeping the ball in hand and carrying it up, and eventually establishing a dominance in the scrum. And so it all came down to penalty kicks, where Morne Steyn clearly had the edge over first Parra, then Lopez, then James. I think Clermont really missed Fofana and Nakataci, they just didn’t have the penetration without them. But fair play to Stade, they had to beat Toulon to get to the final, they are the real deal.

Top 14
 Clermont Auvergne 6 - 12 Stade Francais 19:00

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