Stade Français beat down ASM Clermont Auvergne 23-17 this weekend in a rematch of last year’s Top 14 final which Stade Français [wiki reference of SF] won to make them French Champions. Aside from the great seats (thank you Alessandra), the game was a real treat for Oscar (my son) and me. The match was firey and well played with plenty of flare and scoring (3 tries by the SF 3/4s). And, since I had had the opportunity to watch two RWC matches (including the Opener) at Stade de France, I could also compare the level of entertainment. And, it was a no-contest winner: the Top 14 match was decidedly more fun. The ambiance, with basically 90% of the 75,000 fans sporting the somewhat ‘interesting’ [see photo] pink & brown colours, was great. ASM Clermont Auvergne put on a good fight, having a try ruled out in the closing minutes. There was music, loads of chants, waves and videos. And the pyrotechnical show AFTER the game was absolutely magical. It literally blew me away. It also left its mark on the field and track I’m sure.
I look forward to following Stade Français’ 2007-08 season.