Stade Francais sneak late Connacht win; Sale thrash Ospreys

Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup R4 fixtures/results; Stade Francais 37-31 Connacht, Sale Sharks 49-10 Ospreys, Munster vs Wasps (3.15pm), Exeter Chiefs vs Montpellier (5.30pm); Sunday’s Racing 92 vs Northampton Saints in Paris cancelled due to Covid cases in Premiership side’s camp

Last Updated: 23/01/22 3:34pm

Stade Francais secured a dramatic victory over Connacht, giving them a real chance of making the Champions Cup round of 16 Stade Francais secured a dramatic victory over Connacht, giving them a real chance of making the Champions Cup round of 16

Stade Francais secured a dramatic victory over Connacht, giving them a real chance of making the Champions Cup round of 16

A round-up of the latest Heineken Champions Cup round four pool stage action as April’s round of 16 picture gets ever clearer.

Stade Francais 37-31 Connacht

Stade Francais gave themselves a chance of sneaking into the Heineken Champions Cup round of 16 in dramatic fashion as a late try and penalty effort ensured they beat Connacht and made up the points difference on Cardiff to move up to eighth in Pool B.

Stade needed a bonus-point victory by at least six points in order to move level with Cardiff on seven competition points and better the Welsh region’s points difference, but for a long while it seemed as if Connacht would end their campaign on a high.

Alex Wootton and Caolin Blade struck tries in the first half as Connacht went into the break 17-10 ahead, while Stade hooker Tolu Latu was then red carded in the second half as Connacht stretched into 24-15 and 31-20 leads.

Connacht looked for the most part to be heading for victory after some superb rugby but suffered late defeat Connacht looked for the most part to be heading for victory after some superb rugby but suffered late defeat

Connacht looked for the most part to be heading for victory after some superb rugby but suffered late defeat

Tries from Ryan Chapuis and Adrien Lapegue in the final 13 minutes edged Stade ahead by three, but they needed a further penalty in the time remaining to give themselves a real chance of progression. Joris Segonds hit the post with an effort from distance in the final minute but then nailed one last attempt to seal a six-point winning margin.

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Stade will now be denied a place in the round of 16 only if Wasps pick up any result at Munster, including a losing bonus-point.

Sale Sharks 49-10 Ospreys

Elsewhere on Sunday, Sale closed their Champions Cup pool stage campaign with a dominant win over the Ospreys at the AJ Bell.

The victory means Sale will either face Bristol or Munster, depending on how the latter get on vs Wasps in Limerick on Sunday.

The Sharks scored seven tries in all through Tom Roebuck (two), Arron Reed, Ewan Ashman, Dan du Preez, Curtis Langdon and Jack Metcalf.

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