Zebo and O’Connell start with wins
The Irish in Paris were the big winners in France on the opening weekend of the Top 14 with Simon Zebo and Paul O’Connell enjoying big away wins in their first competitive games. O’Connell, appointed forwards coach with Stade Francais earlier this month, saw his charges run out emphatic 46-15 winners away to Paddy Jackson’s Perpignan.
And Zebo, with his former Munster and Ireland teammate Donnacha Ryan in the secondrow, helped fashion a 25-9 win away to Toulon with a solid 80-minute performance at fullback.
O’Connell’s Stade Francais blewJackson’s new side away. They trailed 29-3 at the break before Jackson gave his side hope with a 53rd minute try but the Parisians pulled away for a 46-15 win.