Stade Francais got their Top 14 campaign off to an excellent start as they trashed newly promoted Perpignan 15-46 in the south of France.
The game also featured Paddy Jackson making his Top 14 debut for Perpignan and he capped off a solid performance for his side with a try in the second half which gave a brief hope of a comeback against the Parisian heavyweights.
However, Stade were just too powerful for the home side as they scored two second-half tries to put themselves well out of reach.
The result was all the more impressive considering the away side had Sergio Parisse sent off in the first half.
Parisse received the ball from a kick-off and a Perpignan player went to tackle him immediately but he went in too high and his head collided with the Italian’s shoulder.
However, the referee deemed this to be a red card offence and adjudged Parisse to have lead with the arm into the head of the tackling player.
It seems incredibly harsh to us and we can’t see what Parisse could have done differently in that situation.
Let us know what you think in the comments.