Edinburgh beat Stade to clinch home quarter-final

Hamish Watson scores Edinburgh's first try against Stade Francais
Edinburgh (12) 34
Tries: Watson, Van der Walt, Rasolea Cons: Hidalgo-Clyne, Kinghorn Pens: Hidalgo-Clyne 4
Stade Francais (6) 33
Tries: Macalou, Waisea, Burden Cons: Plisson 3 Pens: Plisson 4

Edinburgh secured a home European Challenge Cup quarter-final after an enthralling see-saw victory over Stade Francais at Murrayfield.

The capital side led 12-6 at half-time via four Sam Hidalgo-Clyne penalties.

Jules Plisson’s third penalty and tries from Sekou Macalou and Waisea Vuidarvuwalu – either side of Hamish Watson’s score – put Stade 26-19 up.

But Jaco van der Walt’s try and penalty regained the lead, Craig Burden replied before Junior Rasolea’s late try.

Blair Kinghorn landed what proved the winning conversion with two minutes left, before a last-ditch Stade attack ended in an Edinburgh penalty.

A breathtaking victory was a fifth from five pool matches for Richard Cockerill’s side, who have secured a home tie in the last eight – prior to their final group match away to Stade in Paris next Saturday, 20 January.

More to follow.

Edinburgh: Kinghorn, Hoyland, Bennett, Rasolea, Van der Merwe, Van der Walt, Hidalgo-Clyne; Sutherland, McInally (capt), McCallum, Toolis, Gilchrist, Bradbury, Watson, Mata.

Replacements: Cochrane, Shields (for Sutherland, 67), Bryce, McKenzie (for Toolis, 67), Ritchie (for Mata, 61), Fowles (for Hidalgo-Clyne, 57), Johnstone, Graham.

Stade Francais: Ensor, Martial, Nayacalevu, Danty, Arias, Plisson. McLeod; Van der Merwe, Panis, Alo-Emile, Gabrillagues, Flanquart (capt), De Giovanni, Ugena, Macalou.

Replacements: Burden, Zhvania (for Van der Merwe, 66), Melikidze (for Alo-Emilie, 66), Cerqueira, Meite, Daguin, Geraghty, Yobo.

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