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ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
"It's a big issue because obviously the teams that don't get that top seeding play the three Heineken Cup teams that come down. We want to do as well as we can and in doing so it makes sense to make life as easy as possible for ourselves when we can.
"With what's gone on in the last couple of weeks and how disappointed we've been, it's good to come away with a win and give ourselves a home qualification in the quarter-finals," said head coach Gary Gold.
"I'll take the positives but I don't want to cover over the fact that we've got to set ourselves standards that are higher than that.
"I think there were opportunities in the first half when we could have closed the game out. We had more than enough opportunities and should have had better reward when we visited their 22 on a couple of occasions.
"We panicked a little bit, we just have to hold onto the ball and look after it. We needed to keep our composure and keep exerting the pressure."