Will Genia’s Stade Francais win Euro title


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    Wallabies halfback Will Genia’s Stade Francais ran in two opportunist second-half tries to overpower Gloucester 25-17 in the Challenge Cup final and claim their first European rugby title.

    The French side weathered a strong Gloucester start to reach the interval at 10-10 and Stade centres Jonathan Danty and Geoffrey Doumayrou crossed the line to secure a deserved victory at Murrayfield.

    England winger Jonny May gave Gloucester an early lead when he intercepted a pass before scorching to the line, but Italy No.8 Sergio Parisse took advantage of a knockback close to the line to cross for Stade.

    Another interception allowed Danty to run in a try midway through the second half and Doumayrou showed quick feet to scamper over for a brilliant individual score that gave Stade a cushion.

    Flanker Ross Moriarty grabbed a late consolation try for Gloucester who won the Challenge Cup in 2006 and 2015.

    “We have come through a very difficult season in Paris but this team have come through it. I’m very proud of the team,” Parisse told Sky Sports.

    “We tried to follow our philosophy. It wasn’t easy because Gloucester put us under pressure.

    “Maybe we didn’t play our best game, but congratulations to the boys.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • May 13th 2017 @ 1:34pm
      PiratesRugby said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

      Hugh Pyle a big contributor to that team. Remember him? Another good forward overlooked by the Wallabies in favour of losers like Skelton and Mumm.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm
        Gepetto said | May 13th 2017 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

        Pyle has been outstanding for some time now. Coach Clown should watch some European Rugby.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 5:18pm
          Fionn said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:18pm | ! Report

          Pirates and Gepetto, Cheika never stops looking at Europe for players, he just targets the wrong players. He brings back overrated has-beens like Mumm, or players who brought Aus rugby in disrepute and then betrayed it after being offered a second chance, like Beale; while ignoring guys like Holmes, Higgers, Fardy and White who still had a lot to contribute to Australian rugby.

          Selection and talent sporting has always been one of Cheika’s greatest weaknesses. If he’s retained as coach then we need a selection panel.

          • May 13th 2017 @ 5:35pm
            riddler said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:35pm | ! Report

            fionn.. i said last season that the biggest loss for the reds would be holmes.. gill also but by far we would miss holmes..

            a great unsung quality player.. am a big fan of the guy..

      • May 13th 2017 @ 4:32pm
        timber said | May 13th 2017 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

        Everyone was saying the same of Mumm when he excelled at Exeter.
        European club rugby is easier than Super rugby, Mumm, Leroy Houston looked like world beaters up north but then struggled to compete down here.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 5:33pm
          riddler said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

          leroy houston never looked that good at bath.. played well but nothing special. players like morgan for gloucester always showed the difference in abilities..

        • May 13th 2017 @ 7:07pm
          Bakkies said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:07pm | ! Report

          It isn’t easier. A lot more physical and you have to get through a 10 month season.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 9:38pm
          adastra32 said | May 13th 2017 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

          Mumm did well at Exeter – I think “excelled” is over-egging it. Houston did OK at Bath without ever being stellar. Exeter is by all accounts an excellent team environment, really well-led and pretty successful without spending megabucks. Aussies seem to like it because quite a few end up there.

          As for your armchair views on European Cup vs. Super rugby….billhooks.

          • May 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm
            Bakkies said | May 14th 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

            Exeter are the anti Waratahs. Built their success the right way, stuck to their roots and there is no reason to hate them. Worcester are the closest to the Waratahs in the AP. Overrated coaches, try to buy success, Dad’s Army and under achieve.

            • May 15th 2017 @ 7:23am
              Dan in Devon said | May 15th 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

              They have about 10 Aussie players plus others from other clubs.

              • May 15th 2017 @ 4:40pm
                Bakkies said | May 15th 2017 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

                They still have a core from Devon and Cornwall. The players they recruit from elsewhere aren’t absolute stars.

                Most of the Aussies have or are moving on

        • May 14th 2017 @ 9:19am
          Neil Back said | May 14th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

          Another numpty who’s never watched European rugby.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 5:07pm
        DaveR said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:07pm | ! Report

        If you look at Stade Francais, apart from Will Genia you have High Pyle (Rebels), Paul Alo-Emile (Rebels), and Waisea Nyacalevu (Melbourne Rugby). Certainly Pyle and Alo-Emile could have been considered for Wallabies, and Waisea – he never even made the Rebels. Add to that Luke Jones at Bordeaux and Liam Gill at Toulon and you can see some of the problems for Super Rubgy.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 7:06pm
          Bakkies said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

          That’s just the Rebels. The Force have ignored a lot of young players or didn’t give them the platform to entice them to stay.

          Paris also had David Lyons who only retired recently. For years the Wallabies used the unreliable Palu at 8 basically because there was no one else.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 1:37pm
      Johnno said | May 13th 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

      Way more meaningful than super rugby is european club rugby. The champions cup final is on tonight from scotland. What Will Genia won was soccer’s equivalent of the europa league.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 3:21pm
        PiratesRugby said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:21pm | ! Report

        Hugh Pyle apparently not good enough for a Wallaby squad, just won a European title. We lost Luke Jones too. Timani missed out on RWC. So did Coleman and Arnold. Meanwhile, Mumm and Skelton continue to be favoured.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 7:27pm
          FunBus said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

          It’s a ‘European title’ in a competition set-up for those not good enough to qualify for the main European Cup. In England and France that means the teams that finished outside the top 6 in their leagues last year.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 3:14pm
      DaveR said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

      A big part of Stade Francais winning the European Challenge Cup final (and Top 14 premiership in 2015) has been Fijian centre/winger Waisea Nyacalevu, Stade’s leading try scorer for this season. Although he didnt score a try in the final, he did score 2 tries throught the ECC competition games and semis (played 6 of 9 games).

      The point of this story is Waisea played at Melbourne Rugby Club in 2011 and scored 42 tries that season, the all time record for the Dewar Shield, from a ridiculously small number of games (the rest out with injuries).

      The Rebels were invited to look at him for higher honours, but the recruiting wisdom there said he was “not of interest”. So off he went to Stade Francais in 2012.

      Since then he has played for the Fiji 7s team, the Fiji national team, the 2013 7s RWC, the 2015 RWC (injured in first 10 mins), and Stade Francais.

      • May 13th 2017 @ 3:47pm
        Rebellion said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

        Just goes to show that the Rebels have a sound grass roots system and they just lack functional talent identification.

        The ARU would be mad to consider cutting them

        • May 13th 2017 @ 5:02pm
          DaveR said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:02pm | ! Report

          Agreed Rebellion, nothing wrong with the feeder system in the VRU and schools program, but the internal abilities of Rebels management often leave a lot to be desired.

          The current season has been a disaster on the injuries front, with a big list already not available before round 1. All injured in early season training and pre-season. Almost a carbon copy of 2016 – but guess what – no internal inquiry on what is wrong in the training and conditioning programs.

          The ARU f-up is a great smokescreen for internal problems.

        • May 13th 2017 @ 5:34pm
          AndyS said | May 13th 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

          The fundamental stupidity of cutting away an entire region of grassroots in the hope it will improve the grassroots.

      • May 14th 2017 @ 5:39am
        Darwin Stubbie said | May 14th 2017 @ 5:39am | ! Report

        That’s actually a good rugby story a Fijian rugby player, performing and earning a living – who is representing his country

        • May 14th 2017 @ 9:25am
          rebel said | May 14th 2017 @ 9:25am | ! Report

          That’s how I read it also.

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      May 13th 2017 @ 3:22pm
      Kashmir Pete said | May 13th 2017 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

      was meant to be sad face

    • May 13th 2017 @ 7:04pm
      Bakkies said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

      Genia was very ropey in this game. A few times he was caught by the Gloucester back row taking too long to pass the ball.

      • May 14th 2017 @ 6:00am
        riddler said | May 14th 2017 @ 6:00am | ! Report

        yep bakkies.. he hasn’t been that strong to be fair throughout the season..

    • May 13th 2017 @ 7:26pm
      Paul said | May 13th 2017 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

      Hugh Pyle was nothing special while here. So he’s improved? Big deal! Congratulations to him.

      • May 14th 2017 @ 7:11pm
        Bakkies said | May 14th 2017 @ 7:11pm | ! Report

        He was nothing special according to you. He did well considering he played for a terrible team

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