Edinburgh maintained their 100 percent Challenge Cup campaign and secured a home quarterfinal with a thrilling 34-33 win over Stade Francais at BT Murrayfield, a result that also meant Gloucester are sure to finish as a best runner-up at least.

Edinburgh only led 12-6 at half-time — four Sam Hidalgo-Clyne penalties cancelling out two from Jules Plisson — but the game exploded into life in the second period with the two teams scoring six tries between them.

Stade Francais looked to have clinched victory when Giorgi Melikidze’s try saw them leading 33-27 heading into the final three minutes, but Junior Rasolea latched on to Damien Hoyland’s kick to touch down and give Edinburgh a lifeline and Blair Kinghorn’s subsequent conversion earned the hosts a dramatic one-point win.

Hamish Watson and Jaco van der Walt had earlier crossed for Richard Cockerill’s men with Sekou Macalou and Waisea Vuidarvuwalu notching for Stade.

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