Stade pile the misery on Cardiff

Cardiff Blues 15 Stade Francais 38

Cardiff’s emphatic defeat was the fifth successive reversal for a Welsh regional team following a four-game European whitewash last weekend. And it effectively destroyed their hopes of progressing from Pool Six, leaving them a distant nine points behind group leaders Stade.

Cardiff’s lineout was an embarrassment throughout the contest - they lost 10 on their own throw before half-time - and Stade predictably prospered.

Pressure is now bound to increase on Cardiff’s beleaguered head coach David Young, and a chorus of boos at the final whistle summed up the frustration among a 7,000-strong Arms Park crowd.

Stade never threatened to hit top gear, but they effectively won the game by scoring two tries in five minutes from driven lineouts when Cardiff lock Craig Quinnell was in the sin-bin.

Stade knew a victory in Wales - they had failed on three previous Heineken Cup trips to the Principality - would give them a commanding advantage over Cardiff and group rivals Gloucester and Ulster.

Coach Fabien Galghie made changes following last weekend’s win against Gloucester, restoring Italian international Mauro Bergamasco to flanker from centre, handing Raphael Poulin a start on the wing and replacing prop Rodrigo Roncero with Uruguayan World Cup forward Pablo Lemoine.

Cardiff, beaten by Ulster in Belfast a week ago, made one change, preferring scrum-half Richard Smith to Dean Dewdney, although Dewdney made his presence felt by scoring two second-half tries after he went on as a substitute wing.

Cardiff offered glimpses of quality in attack, notably through the adventurous Rhys Williams, but Stade had far too much power up front and composure in key areas.

Scorers: Cardiff Blues: Tries: Dewdney 2. Cons: L. Thomas. Pens: L. Thomas. Stade Francais: Tries: Arias, M. Bergamasco, Marconnet, Quesada. Cons: Skrela 3. Pens: Skrela 3. Drop Goals: Quesada.

CARDIFF BLUES: Morgan, Walne, R. Williams, Shanklin, Vaughton, L. Thomas, R. Smith, Jenkins, G. Williams, M. Jones, Quinnell, D. Jones, N. Thomas, Schubert, M. Williams. Replacements: Dewdney for Vaughton (40), Lewis for Jenkins (76), R. Thomas for G. Williams (52), Evans for M. Jones (71), Sidoli for D. Jones (64), Budgett for N. Thomas (71).

STADE FRANCAIS: Dominici, Arias, Glas, M. Bergamasco, Poulain, Skrela, Pichot, Lemoine, Blin, Marconnet, Auradou, James, Rabadan, M. Bergamasco, Sowerby. Replacements: Quesada for M. Bergamasco (36), Filol for Pichot (78), Roncero for Lemoine (68), Kayser for Blin (77), Brouzet for Auradou (76), Jechoux for Rabadan (63), Moni for M. Bergamasco (72).

Referee: Tony Spreadbury (Bristol).

Toulouse 43 Glasgow 17

GLASGOW’S hopes of mounting a European revival were wrecked by clinical Toulouse - but they earned plus marks for a plucky display.

Hugh Campbell’s troops had needed to pull off the biggest Heineken Cup upset of all time to have any chance of squeezing into the knockout stages.

However, despite a spirited performance, they were simply blown away at Stade Ernest Wallon as the Frenchmen ran in four first-half tries in machine-gun fashion.

Scorers: Toulouse: Tries: Brennan, Lamboley, Michalak, I. Maka, Jauzion, Heymans. Cons: Elissalde 4, Jauzion. Pens: Elissalde. Glasgow: Tries: Lamont, MacFadyen. Cons: Parks 2. Pens: Parks.

TOULOUSE: Jean-Jean, Clerc, Poitrenaud, Fritz, Heymans, Michalak, Elissalde, Collazo, Servat, Hassanein, Lamboley, Brennan, Bouihlou, Labit, I. Maka. Replacements: Thomas for Poitrenaud (71), Ntamack for Michalak (53), Jauzion for Elissalde (53), Bru for Servat (63), Poux for Hassanein (60), Gerard for I. Maka (34).

GLASGOW: Kerr, Lamont, Craig, Henderson, Logan, Parks, Pinder, Tckachuk, Bulloch, Harrison, Hall, Turner, Mather, MacFadyen, Petrie. Replacements: Howarth for Kerr (40), Morrison for Lamont (57), Beveridge for Pinder (63), Lawson for Bulloch (56), Murray for Harrison (46), Wilson for Hall (71), Beattie for Petrie (66).

Referee: Nigel Owens (WRFU).

Heineken Cup Pool 2: Bourgoin (0) 0 Treviso (31) 34.

Scorers: Bourgoin: Treviso: Tries: D. Dallan 3, Pozzebon, Canale. Cons: Goosen 3. Pens: Goosen.

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