Waisea rescuses Stade Francais draw against Clermont


Paris (AFP)

A last-gasp Waisea Nayacalevu try rescued a 30-30 draw for Stade Francais as Clermont maintained their unbeaten start in a high intensity rematch of the 2015 Top 14 final on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Fijian wing touched down his side's fourth try with Jules Plisson converting to leave Clermont with the same 30-30 scoreline as their season opener at La Rochelle.

Clermont, runners-up in the 2015 final to Stade Francais, paid for Camille Lopez's missed conversion following a Fritz Lee try on 73 minutes.

The Parisians, beaten by Brive 28-20 last weekend after a 54-20 opening win over Grenoble, showed character as they fought back after letting slip a 20-6 at the half hour mark.

Geoffrey Doumayrou was the man at the centre of all the early action with two tries, the first after just four minutes, the second 12 minutes later with the centre then setting up Djibril Camara for a third on 26 minutes.

But Clermont did not panic, inflicting an unanswered 16 points on Stade Francais, including a Paul Jedrasiak try and two penalties off the boot of Scott Spedding.

French international back Spedding (69) nosed Clermont ahead again in reply to a Plisson penalty on 61 minutes.

But despite settling for a draw, Clermont can take heart from the performance of their largely revamped side that showed 11 changes from the team that won in Montpellier last week with a view to next Saturday's visit by Racing 92.