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2014–15 European Rugby Champions–Challenge Cup play-offs

2014–15 European Rugby Champions–Challenge Cup play-offs
EventEuropean Rugby Champions Cup Qualification Play-off
Aggregate Score, after 2 Legs
Date18 and 24 May 2014
VenueAdams Park, High Wycombe
Stade Jean-Bouin, Paris

The 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup-Challenge Cup play-off was the first play-off for entry into the top level competition of European Club rugby union, the European Rugby Champions Cup.

In March 2014, following the announcement of new European club competitions, the European Rugby Champions Cup and the European Rugby Challenge Cup, it was announced that the final place in the Champions Cup competition would be awarded by a play-off.

For the 2014–15 season, this was a two-legged play-off between the seventh placed teams from the 2013–14 Aviva Premiership season, and the 2013–14 Top 14 season. Following the completion of both legs, the team with the highest aggregate score took the twentieth berth in the 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup, the new top tier competition, while the loser will play in the second tier 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Teams

League Team Coach Stadium
Aviva Premiership England Wasps Wales Dai Young Adams Park
Top 14 France Stade Français Argentina Gonzalo Quesada Stade Jean-Bouin

Legs

On 29 April 2014, it was announced that the play off would take place over two legs, with each side hosting one leg.[1][2] The draw to decide which team would hold home-advantage for each leg took place on 6 May 2014[3]

First Leg

18 May 2014
15:00 BST
Wasps England 30–29 France Stade Français
Try: Varndell 26' c
Johnson 44' c
Simpson 59' c
Con: Goode (3/3) 27', 46', 61'
Pen: Goode (3/3) 2', 15', 80'
Report[4] Try: Taulafo 10' c
Camara 31' m
Fillol 61' c
Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu 73' c
Con: Dupuy (1/2) 10'
Fillol (2/2) 62', 74'
Pen: Dupuy (1/3) 55'
Adams Park
Attendance: 5,125
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
FB 15 Italy Andrea Masi
RW 14 Tonga William Helu
OC 13 England Elliot Daly
IC 12 England Chris Bell (c)
LW 11 England Tom Varndell
FH 10 England Andy Goode
SH 9 England Joe Simpson
N8 8 England Nathan Hughes Substituted off 77'
OF 7 England James Haskell Temporarily suspended from 55' to 65' 55' to 65'
BF 6 South Africa Ashley Johnson Substituted off 65' Substituted in 77'
RL 5 England Tom Palmer Substituted off 50'
LL 4 England Joe Launchbury
TP 3 England Phil Swainston Substituted off 69'
HK 2 Italy Carlo Festuccia Substituted off 65'
LP 1 England Matt Mullan Substituted off 61'
Replacements:
HK 16 England Tom Lindsay Substituted in 65'
PR 17 England Simon McIntyre Substituted in 61'
PR 18 Tonga Taione Vea Substituted in 69'
LK 19 England Kearnan Myall Substituted in 50'
N8 20 England Guy Thompson Substituted in 65'
SH 21 Australia Brett Sheehan
FH 22 England Joe Carlisle
CE 23 England Charlie Hayter
Coach:
Wales Dai Young
FB 15 France Hugo Bonneval
RW 14 France Julien Arias
OC 13 Fiji Waisea Nayacalevu
IC 12 South Africa Meyer Bosman
LW 11 France Djibril Camara Substituted off 69'
FH 10 South Africa Morné Steyn Substituted off 53' Substituted in 72' Substituted off 74'
SH 9 France Julien Dupuy Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Australia David Lyons
OF 7 France Sylvain Nicolas Substituted off 2'
BF 6 France Antoine Burban
RL 5 France Pascal Papé (c)
LL 4 France Alexandre Flanquart Substituted off 63'
TP 3 France Rabah Slimani Substituted off 48' Substituted in 77'
HK 2 France Laurent Sempéré Substituted off 53'
LP 1 Samoa Sakaria Taulafo Substituted off 48'
Replacements:
HK 16 France Laurent Panis Substituted in 53' Substituted off 77'
PR 17 South Africa Heinke van der Merwe Substituted in 48'
PR 18 Georgia (country) Davit Kubriashvili Substituted in 48'
LK 19 South Africa Anton van Zyl Substituted in 63'
FL 20 United States Scott LaValla Substituted in 2'
SH 21 France Jérôme Fillol Substituted in 56'
FH 22 France Jules Plisson Substituted in 53' Sent to blood bin 72' to 74'
WG 23 France Jérémy Sinzelle Substituted in 69'
Coach:
Argentina Gonzalo Quesada

Touch judges:
Dudley Phillips (IRFU)
Michael Black (IRFU)
Television match official:
Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Second Leg

24 May 2014
14:45 CEST
Stade Français France 6–20 England Wasps
Pen: Plisson (2/3) 14', 28'
Report[5] Try: Varndell 6' c
Thompson 60' c
Con: Goode (2/2) 7', 61'
Pen: Goode (2/5) 34', 75'
Stade Jean-Bouin
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (WRU)
FB 15 France Hugo Bonneval Substituted off 73'
RW 14 France Julien Arias
OC 13 Fiji Waisea Nayacalevu
IC 12 France Jonathan Danty
LW 11 Australia Digby Ioane Substituted off 29'
FH 10 France Jules Plisson
SH 9 France Jérôme Fillol Substituted off 49'
N8 8 Italy Sergio Parisse
OF 7 United States Scott LaValla Substituted off 49'
BF 6 France Antoine Burban Temporarily suspended from 53' to 63' 53' to 63'
RL 5 France Pascal Papé (c)
LL 4 France Alexandre Flanquart Temporarily suspended from 27' to 37' 27' to 37' Substituted off 67'
TP 3 Georgia (country) Davit Kubriashvili Substituted off 43'
HK 2 France Laurent Sempéré Substituted off 71' Substituted in 77'
LP 1 South Africa Heinke van der Merwe Substituted off 62'
Replacements:
HK 16 South Africa Michael van Vuuren Temporarily suspended from 74' to 80' 74' to 80' Substituted in 71'
PR 17 Samoa Sakaria Taulafo Substituted in 62'
PR 18 France Rabah Slimani Substituted in 43'
LK 19 South Africa Anton van Zyl Substituted in 67'
N8 20 Australia David Lyons Substituted in 49' Substituted off 77'
FH 21 South Africa Morné Steyn Substituted in 73'
SH 22 France Julien Dupuy Substituted in 49'
CE 23 South Africa Meyer Bosman Substituted in 29'
Coach:
Argentina Gonzalo Quesada
FB 15 Italy Andrea Masi
RW 14 Tonga William Helu
OC 13 England Elliot Daly
IC 12 England Chris Bell (c)
LW 11 England Tom Varndell
FH 10 England Andy Goode Substituted off 78'
SH 9 England Joe Simpson Substituted off 77'
N8 8 England Guy Thompson Substituted off 77'
OF 7 England James Haskell Temporarily suspended from 28' to 38' 28' to 38'
BF 6 South Africa Ashley Johnson Substituted off 73'
RL 5 England Tom Palmer Substituted off 70'
LL 4 England Joe Launchbury
TP 3 England Phil Swainston Substituted off 78'
HK 2 Italy Carlo Festuccia Substituted off 73'
LP 1 England Matt Mullan Substituted off 75'
Replacements:
HK 16 England Tom Lindsay Substituted in 73'
PR 17 England Simon McIntyre Substituted in 75'
PR 18 Tonga Taione Vea Substituted in 78'
LK 19 England Kearnan Myall Substituted in 70'
N8 20 England Ed Jackson Substituted in 73'
SH 21 England Charlie Davies Substituted in 77'
FH 22 England Joe Carlisle Substituted in 78'
CE 23 England Charlie Hayter Substituted in 77'
Coach:
Wales Dai Young

Touch judges:
Ian Davies (WRU)
Sean Brickell (WRU)
Television match official:
Derek Bevan (WRU)

Result

Wasps won the playoff 50 - 35 on aggregate and qualify for the 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup. Stade Français will play in the 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Premiership Rugby". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Play-off details announced". premiershiprugby.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-18. Retrieved 2014-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2014-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)