European Challenge Cup: Stade Francais 27-17 Harlequins

Marland Yarde
Marland Yarde's try was his fifth of the season for Harlequins
European Challenge Cup Pool 5
Stade Francais (17) 27
Tries: Nayacalevu, Arias, Burden Pens: Plisson 2 Cons: Plisson 3
Harlequins (5) 17
Tries: Luamanu, Yarde, J Chisholm Con: Swiel

Harlequins were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by defeat at Top 14 side Stade Francais in a match delayed because of a frozen pitch.

A frozen corner at Stade Jean-Bouin meant the game began 95 minutes after the scheduled kick-off time.

Waisea Nayacalevu and Julien Arias put the French side 17-5 up at the break with Mat Luamanu crossing for Quins.

Craig Burden added a third Stade score before Marland Yarde and James Chisholm went over for late tries.

Quins knew they had to win the game to progress to the quarter-finals but the home side went through instead, and will be away to Ospreys in the last eight.

A corner of the pitch was still frozen at the scheduled 13:00 GMT start but play was able to start at 14:35.

Stade Jean-Bouin
Freezing temperatures in Paris caused problems before kick-off

Stade Francais: Bonneval; Sinzelle, Vuidarvuwalu, Bosman, Camara; Plisson, Genia; Zhvania, Panis, Slimani, Gabrillagues, Pape (capt), Nicolas, Lakafia, Alberts.

Replacements: Burden, Felsina, Melikidze, Pyle, Ross, Daguin, Millet, Arias.

Harlequins: Brown; Yarde, Hopper, Roberts, Visser; Swiel, Care (capt); Murphy, Buchanan, Sinckler, Merrick, Matthews, Clifford, Wallace, Luamanu.

Replacements: Gray, Evans, Jones, Ward, Chisholm, Dickson, Jackson, Alofa.

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