It's a meeting that will not go down in the annals of the Top 14, but which still allows Stade Français to return to victory.
In a test-free match, the Parisians won without shining against Bordeaux Bègles (12-6).
It didn't take long to realize that the Stadistes were not in their best day.
Led from the 6th minute after a penalty from Zack Holmes, Gonzalo Quesada's men suffered, and the addition could have been even more salty at the start of the match.
Only the imprecision of the Bordeaux striker, who missed two penalties in ten minutes, allowed Stade Français to stay in contact.
But Bordeaux Bègles pushed, much more active than inoffensive Parisians.
After long streaks of foot play, the 7th in the Top 14 finally cornered the Ile-de-France defense.
Flawless for Segonds
A yellow card inflicted on Giovanni Habel-Kuffner, followed by a second penalty from Zack Holmes, allowed Bordeaux Bègles to take a six-point lead after half an hour of play.
As if waiting to be outnumbered to react, the Parisians finally woke up, and were immediately rewarded for their attacking efforts.
In the 38th minute, Joris Segonds scored the first points for the locals, just before the break (3-6).
Returning from the locker room, Joris Segonds, again, managed a distant penalty near the center line to equalize, despite the still sluggish game of his team (6-6, 50th).
Ten minutes later, he even gave the Parisians the advantage for the first time (9-6).
But his Bordeaux counterpart, Zack Holmes, is less successful.
When he could equalize, in the 68th minute, he flinched again.
His penalty still passes to the right of the posts, and the offensive ordeal continues.
Until the end, it was the precision of the scorers that made the difference.
In the 75th, Joris Segonds managed a fourth consecutive penalty, and released his opponents from the defensive bonus (12-6).
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The stadium defense holds firm
The solid Parisian defense kept the upper hand until the end of the match, despite a final scare after the siren.
Finally, the Bordelais pierced the Ile-de-France defense thanks to a superb individual inspiration from Louis Bielle-Biarrey.
There followed a long streak of pressure on the goal line of the best home defense in the championship.
But it is ultimately a clumsy forward, like a symbol, which puts an end to the hopes of Bordeaux Bègles.
With this narrow success, Stade Français regains victory after their defeat in Perpignan last weekend.
After 17 days of Top 14, the club of the capital keeps six points ahead of Lyon, and will face Bayonne next Sunday.