London Wasps take one point lead over Stade

London Wasps will take a one point lead with them into next week’s European Rugby Champions Cup play-off against Stade Francais after they won the first leg 30-29 at their Adams Park.

The teams will now head to Paris for a second leg at the Stade Jean-Bouin on Saturday that will determine the 20th and final spot for a place in next season’s inaugural edition of the successor tournament to the Heineken Cup.

Both teams qualified for this match by finishing seventh in England’s Premiership (Wasps) and France’s Top 14 (Stade).

A penalty by former England fly-half Andy Goode gave Wasps the slightest of advantages after minutes earlier a try by Stade centre Waisea Vuidravuwalu had put the visitors on the verge of victory.

Wasps coach David Young was glad his side will still have to go all out for victory in France rather than get caught in two minds trying to defend a lead.

“I always felt we’d have to win both games to go through. I never felt we’d have a huge lead leaving Adams Park to go there and sit back on,” Young said.

“It would be very dangerous to sit back against a team of their quality and hope they don’t score too many points, because they will,” the former Wales and British and Irish Lions prop added.

“We showed we can cause them problems in this leg so we’ll go to them full of confidence and belief.

“We respect how good they are and how big a challenge it is, but this doesn’t change anything because we always felt we’d have to go there and win.

“Beating them makes a difference to the psyche — we’re 1-0 up.

“The players came into the dressing room with their heads down and I told them there’s nothing to have your heads down about.

“They should be proud of that performance because we caused Stade lots of problems.

“We should have been going there with a 10-point lead, but that doesn’t change the fact we can go there and win.”

Final Score London Wasps (13) 30 Stade Francais (12) 29

Scorers

London Wasps
Tries – Varndell, Johnson, Simpson
Pen -: Goode 3
Con – Goode 3
Drop –

Stade Francais
Tries – Taulafo, Camara, Fillol, Vuidravuwalu
Pen – Dupuy
Con – Dupuy, Fillol (2)
Drop –

Match Official
Ref:
John Lacey (Ireland)

Teams

London Wasps

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

Replacements: 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

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

Replacements: 16 Olivier Panis, 17 Heinke van der Merwe, 18 Davit Kubrishvili, 19 Anton van Zyl, 20 Scott Lavalla, 21 Jerome Fillol, 22 Jules Plisson, 23 Jeremy Sinzelle

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