For Bath No 8 Taulupe Faletau, named in the British & Irish Lions tour party for the second time this week, it will be a third successive Challenge Cup semi-final after two defeats with the Dragons. Will it be third time lucky for the Welshman, who will be up against Stade Francais skipper and talisman Sergio Parisse?
Bath won the title in 2008 and lost in the 2003 and 2014 finals, while Stade Francais have twice been beaten in the final, by Harlequins in 2011 and Leinster in 2013. Parisse played in both those final, while Julien Arias will be hoping for a return to Edinburgh having played in the 2005 European Cup final in Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield when Stade Francais were beaten in extra time by Toulouse.
The two teams also met in the European Cup in 2009/10, with the French side coming out on top in both pool matches, including a 15-13 triumph in the French capital.
Stade Francais Paris v Bath Rugby Match Facts
- Stade Francais have reached the semi-finals for the fifth time. Their previous four semi-finals have all been decided by margins of fewer than seven points (W2, L2).
- 2008 winners, Bath, are through to the semi-finals for the sixth time and they have progressed to the final on four of five previous occasions.
- Stade's four previous games at this stage were all against TOP 14 clubs whilst four of Bath's previous five semi-final ties have been against Aviva Premiership opposition - the exception being their two-leg aggregate defeat to Montferrand (now ASM Clermont Auvergne) in 2004.
- Bath have won 16 of their last 17 away games in the Challenge Cup with their only defeat in that run coming earlier this season against the Cardiff Blues.
- Bath have won their last six games away to TOP 14 sides, however, all but one of those games were decided by fewer than 10 points.
- Stade Francais have won seven of their last eight home games against Premiership opposition in the Challenge Cup. Their only defeat in that run came against Harlequins in the 2014 quarter-final.
- Bath have scored the most tries (10) this season after gaining possession from a turnover.
- Bath need just eight points to score their 2000th in the Challenge Cup. They would become the 11th club to reach that total, with Stade Francais one of the 10 clubs to have previously reached the milestone.
- Semesa Rokoduguni has beaten 27 defenders in five games and his average of 5.4 defenders beaten per game is the best of any player to have made more than one appearance this season.