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RUGBY UNION: French contenders set down an early marker; HEINEKEN CUP.

Byline: Graham Woods

THE fancied French sides enjoyed a clean sweep in the Heineken Cup yesterday, as Stade Francais, Toulouse and Biarritz all won, writes Graham Woods.

Stade were the most convincing with a 37-17 victory over Harlequins, covering an 18-point handicap, although some firms had given the Premiership side a start of up to 22 points.

Biarritz and Toulouse were unable to cover the line but gained priceless away wins.

Toulouse edged past Edinburgh by just four points in the end but held on comfortably enough against a late fightback from the Scots.

Biarritz's trip to Viadana should have been a routine victory but the Basques recorded a modest 19-11 triumph.

Leicester were favourites with most firms to beat Leinster in Dublin but fell 22-9.


Sergio Parisse is tackled during Stade Francais's victory over Harlequins
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 11, 2007
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