7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"We can take great heart from it and if we can keep the same passion in our game for the rest of the season that will be great. I wanted the players to win the game for themselves, but we have to acknowledge the great support we have had - the crowd were magnificent.
"Our discipline was tremendous and to defend like we did for so long was incredible, even though we gave away a silly try by our standards.
"We have been knocking on the door for the past 13 weeks, so I'm happy to take an ugly win. It was one of those nights when it was a disadvantage having the ball and our defence was magnificent."