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Monday, January 25, 2010

Edinburgh end season on a high against Stade Francais

Edinburgh beat Stade Francais 9-7 in a low scoring affair at a soaked Murrayfield Stadium on the weekend, but despite the loss, the French side progressed to the Heineken Cup quarter finals thanks to the losing bonus point they picked up.

It was a tight match that was perhaps played in honour of Bill McClaren, who passed away last week. A minutes applause paid tribute to the great man before kick off, while Edinburgh did the same with the way they played.

The only try of the game was scored by Stade Francais lock Pascal Pape, but Chris Paterson of Edinburgh gave his side the morale boosting win with three successful penalty kicks.

With his first kick, Paterson became Edinburghs highest points scorer in Heineken Cup history, eclipsing the previous record held by Duncan Hodge.

Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw was named Man of the Match afterwards for his efforts in playing an expansive brand of rugby as he darted around the pitch. Wing Jim Thompson, grandson of the late Bill McClaren, was another impressive back as he made a number of telling runs.

Flyhalf Phil Godman missed a last minute penalty attempt that would have stretched the lead to a slightly more respectable margin, but it was not to be and made no difference to the outcome as Edinburgh held on to end their European campaign on a high note.

There was a bit of a worry for Stade Francais and England flanker James Haskell as he limped off with an apparent leg injury. He seems to be confident that hes alright though.

"I twisted my knee going for a ball. It's a bit sore but the Stade doctor has had a look and doesn't seem worried. I'll be OK to join up with England. I can put weight on it but I'll have to be assessed by the medics when I join up with England and hopefully it's not too serious," he said.

Time: 05:00

Posted at 4:15 pm | 17 comments

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Hooker_ January 25, 2010 5:18 pm

haha first!

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Hooker_ January 25, 2010 5:19 pm

but seriously, it pisses me off to hell when people do that haha

COME ON MIGHTY EDINBURGH!!! lmao

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Anonymous January 25, 2010 7:01 pm

THIRD!!!

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Anonymous January 25, 2010 9:49 pm

2.30 now I'm no expert but surely that can't be a legal attempt to clear out...

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Anonymous January 25, 2010 10:10 pm

Paris didn't want to play.

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BEN January 25, 2010 10:30 pm

Paris seemed to be in scottish holidays
bad for them, they'll be kicked by Toulouse in the quarters

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Darren January 25, 2010 11:06 pm

Potential French semis, I smell a rat. A smelly french rat. Hopefully Ospreys do Biarritz, Toulouse to do Stade, Leinster to do Clermount, Munster to do Northampton, Ospreys V Toulouse final.

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Anonymous January 26, 2010 10:43 am

looks like a considerably boring game by the highlights

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Anonymous January 26, 2010 11:08 am

Lol smelly french rat!!!
Hella boring game

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Sheeps January 26, 2010 11:10 am

Paterson is a great player. Maybe not the best fullback or attacker with ball in hand, but he is phenomenal at kicking...

While Scottish rugby isn't really...uh...well, it's better than Italy, let's put it that way, Chris Paterson is one of the best penalty kickers there is. Hopefully he sticks around for some time to come.

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Anonymous January 26, 2010 11:31 am

Another boring, boring game.

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Anonymous January 26, 2010 1:47 pm

Paterson is a meh player

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no9 January 26, 2010 3:25 pm

gregor laidlaw should be in the scotland squad instead of mike blair.

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Beef January 27, 2010 2:19 am

Stade Francais are a terrible rugby team.
All money and flash players but when was the last time they actually played well in the HC?

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chris January 27, 2010 3:15 am

that looked like a very boring match

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Maximus January 28, 2010 1:59 pm

I watched it eeenntiiireeely. It was so long I got a year older in 80 min.
It WAS an incredibly boring game. I would show it to younger teams though to show them what NOT to do in a match. How can you have so many potentially good players and refuse to keep the ball and (not)play like this? I don't know. (talking bout SF here ofc)
To defend them a little, they have a problem with their 9 and 10, not the easiest way to organise a team during a match. You could complain about the 9 all week but it was Southwell (normally a fullback) and he REALLY is 1) aware of what he did (or rather missed) during these 80 min and 2) very happy now because apparently he won't have to play this position again. When you know that Blin (hooker sub) nearly played scrum-half instead of Southwell, you imagine the trouble they were in.
I have nothing against SF in particular but it's true that their rugby has been better (faaaaaaaar better) and I hope Toulouse will win with panache.

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Anonymous January 30, 2010 10:19 am

to be honest glasgow play the better rugby in scotland... score tries at least! lets hope that the scotland team reflects that!!!

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