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European Challenge Cup final for Gloucester 17-25 Stade Francais

Saturday, 13 May 2017 :  Top 14 side Stade Francais came from 10-0 down to beat Gloucester and win the European Challenge Cup.

England wing Jonny May’s try put Gloucester, who needed to win to keep their Champions Cup qualification hopes alive, ahead at a rainy Murrayfield.

Italy captain Sergio Parisse then crossed to make it 10-10 at the break.

Jonathan Darby and Geoffrey Doumayrou touched down as the French team dominated after half-time, before Ross Moriarty scored a late consolation.

Stade Francais had reached European finals four times without success prior to Friday’s Edinburgh showpiece, but were deserved victors against an error-strewn Gloucester side.

The result also means the Cherry and Whites miss out on the chance to compete for a spot in next season’s Champions Cup.

The 20th and final place for the 2017-18 competition is to be decided by a series of play-off matches, with Northampton set to be replaced in the semi-finals had Gloucester won the Challenge Cup.

But the Saints, who finished seventh in the Premiership, will now play Connacht next Saturday, with a play-off final to follow against either Stade Francais or Cardiff Blues.

Source : Internet

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