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Wasps beat Stade in Zurich Challenge

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Both teams were, of course, depleted by national call-ups, as England and France prepared for the Rugby World Cup with international friendlies at the weekend, but Wasps and Stade still produced a quality game.

The English side, coached by former Ireland boss Warren Gatland, relied heavily on their fly-half Mark van Gisbergen – who was playing in place of Alex King, who on Saturday played for England against Wales in Cardiff – with the Wasps No.10 contributing 17 points.

Van Gisbergen scored a try – an excellent effort after good work from fullback Tom Voyce – kicked three conversions and two penalties as Wasps held off a superb second-half comeback from the Nick Mallett-coached Stade Francais outfit.

Stade fly-half David Skrela kicked two conversions, three penalties and a drop-goal to keep his side in touch, but a late try from Wasps replacement George Skivington sealed the win for the home side.

This match – the first annual showdown between the English and French Champions will alternate between England and France each year, with the game staged in the lead-up to the new domestic season in both countries.

The scorers:

For Wasps:Tries: Richards, Van Gisbergen, SkivingtonCons: Van Gisbergen 3Pens: Van Gisbergen 2

For Stade Francais:Tries: Comba, MaheCons: Skrela 2Pens: Skrela 3DG: Skrela

The teams:

London Wasps: 15 Tom Voyce, 14 Shane Roiser, 13 Ayoola Erinle, 12 Mark Denney, 11 John Rudd, 10 Mark van Gisbergen, 9 Rob Howley (captain), 8 Mark Lock, 7 Jonny O'Connor, 6 Ian Clarke, 5 Richard Birkett, 4 Martin Purdy 3 Sean Phillips, 2 Phil Greening, 1 Tim Payne.Replacements: 16 Peter Richards, 17 Fraser Waters, 18 Jonny Barrett, 19 Tom French, 20 Paul Volley, 21 George Skivington, 22 Peter Scrivener.

Stade Francais (squad): Mathieu Blin, Guilain Mololo, Basthien Siepielski, Eric Michaud, Hervé Chaffardon, Régis Sigoire, Arnaud Marchois, Christophe Moni, Rémy Martin, Pierre Rabadan, Raphael Jechoux, Ian Vass, Mahé, David Skrela, Thomas Lombard, Knell, Franck Comba, Rivier, Thomas Mège, Artur Gomes, Morgan Souply, Foal, James Carroll.

Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

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