Fourth after Nine Days of TOP 14, Stade Français will not travel far this week-end as "blue and pink" players will challenge Racing Metro 92 at the Stade de France on Saturday (8.35pm) after a European short transition. A crucial confrontation for both squads, as they both have in mind last year's match which was synonymous to a play-off qualification. (Credit : Julien Poupart // Attitude Rugby).
Following a two year of loyal services as head coach of the Racing squad, Gonzalo Quesada crossed the “périphérique” road last summer to join Stade Français with his compatriot, Pato Noriega. The two former francilians were rejoined by Massy’s rugby club ex-boss and ex- Racingman, Jean Frédéric Dubois. The brand new trio of coaches has made a quite interesting beginning of season which permitted Parisians to retrieve success out of the capital city, an asset lost by Stade Français these last few years. A success in Perpignan to launch their season correctly, a win in Oyonnax, invincibility at home and here are the Quesada’s men ranked at the fourth position of the TOP 14 table which more than ever looks very tight.
Back in the weekly TOP 14 schedule, Stade Français prepared itself for the derby by letting resting a good part of their top players. A wise choice as Parisians were confronted to a plane strike which strongly delayed the traveling schedule. Adding to this a painful win facing Prato (17-16) snatched in very last minutes of the match after being chasing after the score all game long. A success which called another as they won a week earlier in the Challenge Cup against Lusitanos (61-3)
Stade Français will play Racing Metro 92 on Saturday at the Stade de France (8.35pm) for the traditional francilian derby. Blue and pink and Ciel et Blanc will tempted to take advantage of their francilian neighbor, this to catch the league’s top wagon. Everyone remembers how important last year’s derby was for both squads. By winning it, Racingmen launched their season and almost worn off all the Stade Français’ ambitions…
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Saturday 26th August