Stade Francais ended a worrying run of three successive losses on Sunday when the big-spending French giants edged out La Rochelle 25-20 within the Prime 14.
They escaped the relegation zone the laborious means, nonetheless, having conceded three tries to none inside the primary 30 minutes in opposition to final season’s runners-up.
La Rochelle dominated the early levels with tries from Remi Bourdeau, Arthur Retiere and South African winger Raymond Rhule serving to them right into a 20-6 lead.
Stade hit again to go in at half-time degree at 20-20 by way of two tries in three minutes from Fijian centre Waisea Nayacalevu.
French winger Lester Etien scored the profitable attempt early within the second interval as La Rochelle had been left to rue an off-night for Jules Plisson.
The previous Stade fly-half missed 4 of six kicks at aim.
“It was proof of our character. That’s what we’ve been lacking a bit because the begin of the season,” stated Stade fly-half Joris Segonds.
“For as soon as, we had been all collectively, united, with out yelling at one another.
“We had a sophisticated week. It’s usually the workers who get all of the criticism whereas they’re doing a loopy job. This makes me actually completely happy for them.”
La Rochelle nonetheless got here near snatching victory within the dying moments however Eneriko Buliruarua allowed the ball to slide from him near the attempt line.
A late attempt was additionally dominated out for offside.