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Nov 13, 2015 at 7.45pm UK at Welford Road
Leicester Tigers
33-20
Stade FrancaisStade Francais
Goneva (34'), Smith (40'), O'Connor (41'), Youngs (55')
FT
Tomas (27'), Williams (52'), Arias (75')

Result: Leicester Tigers beat Stade Francais in European Champions Cup opener

Brendon O'Connor scores on his debut as Leicester Tigers defeat Stade Francais 33-20 in the opening match of the European Rugby Champions Cup

Leicester Tigers have beaten Stade Francais 33-20 in the opening match of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

The Aviva Premiership side thought that they had taken the lead after 14 minutes when Peter Betham crossed the line, but the try was ruled out after a blocking foul in the build-up.

Stade took the lead on the half-hour mark when Julien Tomas crossed the line after pressure on the Leicester try line.

The conversion was missed but Morne Steyn made up for the error three minutes after by placing a kick through the posts.

The score was pulled back by the Tigers in the 34th minute when Vereniki Goneva scored and Owen Williams added the conversion.

Leicester took a 12-8 lead into half time when Matt Smith finished in the corner.

Brendon O'Connor of Leicester breaks away from Morne Steyn during the Eurpean Rugby Champions Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Stade Francais at Welford Road on November 13, 2015 in Leicester, England. © Getty Images

Brendon O'Connor scored a debut try from the restart and Owen Williams added a penalty kick shortly after as Leicester stretched their lead.

Paul Williams pulled a try back shortly after, but that was cancelled out immediately when Ben Youngs crossed to confirm the bonus point for Leicester.

Owen Williams added another penalty but a Stade try took the score to 30-20 when Julien Arias's try was confirmed by the TMO.

Seremaia Bai added three more for Leicester in the final minutes to confirm the victory for the English side.

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