Stade Français Paris scrum half Agustin Pichot says his team is prepared to do “whatever it takes” to fulfill their ambition of finally winning the Heineken Cup…
Twice beaten finalists – the last time in extra-time by Toulouse in Edinburgh in 2005 – Stade have put themselves in sight of winning Pool 3 despite failing to win either of their last two matches.
Yet last gasp penalties in the 12-6 defeat at Sale and last weekend’s 22-22 draw against the Ospreys have taken them to the top of the Pool and within a win over Rugby Calvisano at Stade Jean Bouin this weekend of reaching the quarter-finals for the seventh time in eight seasons in the tournament.
“After the draw at the Ospreys we know we will have to roll up our sleeves and try harder – we want to win the Heineken Cup and we are going to do everything we can to do that,” said Argentine ace Pichot.
“It’s probably the last chance for a number of us to win the Heineken Cup this season and that is what we want most of all.
“Stade Français is a great club that deserves to win the Heineken Cup. We came close to winning it against Toulouse two years ago, and now we want to go on and become the champions of Europe.
“We have won the French Championship titles a number of times, but the Heineken Cup is what we want most of all.
“We played the Ospreys off the pitch in the first half but we have to realise that being on top for 40 minutes isn’t enough. We have to keep on playing like we did in the first half for the full 80 minutes.”