Stade needed a win to keep their chances of stealing top spot in Pool 4 alive, but Rasolea denied them at the death, extending the hosts’ 100 per cent record in the competition and guaranteeing a home match in the next stage.
Four penalties from Sam Hidalgo-Clyne gave Edinburgh a 12-6 half-time advantage, but Sekou Macalou, Waisea Vuidarvuwalu and Giorgi Melikidze all crossed as the lead changed hands repeatedly in an enthralling second half.
— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) January 12, 2018
Stade must now hope to qualify as one of the best second-placed teams, though one of those is guaranteed to come from Pool 3 following Gloucester’s 45-24 thumping of Agen.
The Premiership side moved onto 21 points, meaning they will advance even if they lose a shootout for top spot against Pau at Kingsholm next week.
Gloucester Rugby are now on 21 points and have guaranteed a quarter-final place!
The Cherry & Whites will either be a best runner-up or depending on future results, Pool 3 winners. pic.twitter.com/Bpjctri22L
— Challenge Cup (@ERChallengeCup) January 12, 2018
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