Quins thrash Stade in opener
CHALLENGE CUP REPORT: Harlequins ran in seven tries in a thumping 43-21 victory over Stade Francais as the European Challenge Cup got underway.
No.8 James Chisholm and wing Tim Visser both scored a brace as Quins secured a bonus point victory at the Twickenham Stoop and kept the French side pointless.
England prop Joe Marler, young centre James Marchant and wing Marland Yarde notched the other Quins tries.
Highly-rated flank Sekou Macalou, scrumhalf Clement Daguin and replacement back row forward Willem Alberts crossed the whitewash for the visitors.
Quins were English champions in 2012 while Stade lifted the French title 18 months ago but it was a measure of each team's poor last season that they met in Europe's secondary competition.
Quins dominated the first period with Marler finishing off a rolling maul on five minutes before Marchant capped an unexpected start with his score.
Visser added a third following a one-two with full-back Mike Brown while Chisholm powered over twice, sandwiching Macalou's score following a woeful kick from Yarde.
Visser's second came from a length of the field interception just before the hour but Quins switched off after that and scores from Daguin and Alberts meant one more try would have earned Stade a try bonus point and closed them in on a defensive bonus too.
But Yarde had the last word a minute from time.
Tries:Marler, Marchant, Visser 2, Chisholm 2, Yarde
Cons: Swiel 3, Jackson
For Stade Français:
Tries:Macalou, Daguin, Alberts
Cons: Plisson 3
Harlequins: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Joe Marchant, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tim Visser, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Karl Dickson, 8 James Chisholm, 7 Luke Wallace, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 George Merrick, 3 Will Collier, 2 Rob Buchanan, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Joe Gray, 17 Owen Evans, 18 Adam Jones, 19 Sam Twomey, 20 Mat Luamanu, 21 Charlie Mulchrone, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Winston Stanley.
Stade Français: 15 Djibril Camara, 14 Waisea Vuidarvuwalu, 13 Meyer Bosman, 12 Paul Williams, 11 Jérémy Sinzelle, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Clement Daguin, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Sekou Macalou, 5 Pascal Papé (captain), 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Zak Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Remi Bonfils, 17 Zurabi Zhvania, 18 Giorgi Melikidze, 19 Mathieu De Giovanni, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Arthur Coville, 22 Faraj Fartass, 23 Théo Millet.
Referee: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)