With a quater-final slot out of reach for both sides, Ulster and Stade francais were playing for pride in Paris and the runner up spot in Pool 4 with Harlequins through to the knockout stages of the competition.
Ulster played the first 10 minutes of the game firmly in Stade Francais' 22 and dominated the first half of the match at the Stade Jean Bouin, leading 8-6 at half time.
Out-half Niall O'Connor missed an early penalty opportunity when he push the ball wide of the posts on 5 minutes but was on target 10 minutes later after the early Ulster possession yielded the three points. However, indiscipline gifted the French two penalties mid way through the first half which out-half Lionel Beauxis easily converted from inside the 22 on both occasions to put the home side ahead 6 - 3.
Ulster regrouped and a line-out break was rewarded with a Paul Steinmetz try on 37 minutes however O'Connor wasn't able to add the extra two points to cushion Ulster's half-time lead.
Half-time Score: Stade Francais 6 - 8 Ulster
Clinton Schifcoske assumed Ulster's kicking duties in the second half and slotted over an early penalty to put Matt Williams' young side 11-6 ahead but referee Wayne Barnes' decision to award Stade a penalty after Ulster were pinged for collapsing the scrum gave Beauxis a chance to close the gap. Stade Francais 9 - 11 Ulster.
Beauxis missed a penalty attempt on 49 minutes but Stade had started to gain some momentum and Juan Manuel Leguizamon spotted a gap on the right and darted through to dive over for their first try. Beauxis missed the conversion but then landed a three-pointer just before the hour to put Stade 17-11 ahead.
The addition of some of the French outfit's big guns such as Sergio Parisse and Dimitri Szarzewski in the second half had the desired effect for the home side, but the Ulster supporters never waned in their enthusiam and continued to spur their young side on. Schifcoske's 72 minute penalty kept the score close, 17-14 but with just 4 minutes left, Stade's Mark Gasnier raced over for their second try of the day, the conversion putting the score beyond doubt despite a late unconverted try for Nigel Brady
Final Score: Stade Francais 24 -19 Ulster
Ulster coach Matt Williams was proud of his young players
"I must say how happy I am with the guys in terms of effort and courage." "We came here with a plan to run the ball, and I thought our offloading and running in the first half was magnificent." "We made break after break but we didn't take those chances and we missed our kicks." "But I am loathe to criticise the players because they gave their all, and there is nothing left in that dressing room."
"In the first game against Stade we weren't close to them, we were brave but we weren't close and now we can certainly match them punch for punch," he claimed
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