Rugby - Precise Porical kicks Stade Francais into Amlin Cup final

A late Jerome Porical penalty gave Stade Francais a 25-22 win at Perpignan on Friday and a place in the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup.


Porical, who kicked 20 points in all, watched with delight when his 78th-minute penalty fell the right side of the posts after twice hitting the woodwork.

The Perpignan-born fullback had pulled his side level four minutes earlier by kicking a long-range penalty from 60 metres.

The home team had gone in front early thanks to tries from Guilhem Guirado and James Hook but could not secure a big enough lead.

Stade Francais, who have failed to qualify for the French Top 14 final stages and are banking on the Amlin Cup to book a place in next year's Heineken Cup, face champions Biarritz or Irish side Leinster in the final of Europe's second-tier competition in Dublin on May 17.

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