The Parisians start their obstacle course perfectly. Before the derby against Racing, the trip to Pau and the shocks against Toulouse and La Rochelle, the French stadium beat LOU on Saturday (32-36). The second consecutive victory in the tournament, and above all the first Parisian victory in Lyon in the history of the Top 14.
But a lack of discipline at the start of the match could have cost them dearly. In the first half, Paddy Jackson scored 100% for Lyon, scoring all 15 points for his team. But even if they were so guilty, the Parisians remained more dangerous than their opponents on the evening.
First thanks to the opportunist Jeremy Ward who blocked Lyon’s kick and fired it past LOU with little success (23rd place). Then with the work of his first line, and strong passes to the left column Sergo Abramishvili (30) and hooker Mikael Eovaldi (40).
But upon returning from the locker room, while the Parisians thought they were still on the right track after a penalty kick by Zac Henry, LOU discovered the mistake for the first time. Led by former France international Romain Taofifenois (47th), Lyon finally entered their game, taking Gerland’s supporters with them.
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The spectators stood together in the 53rd minute to honor Toby Arnold as he passed away. The New Zealand full-back, who has been with the club for a decade, was on his last rugby pitch on Saturday as a professional player. The “legend” of Lyon Club is revered, as mentioned in a banner spread in the stands, next to his giant picture.
But the New Zealander’s run finally ended with two defeats, after LOU’s failure against Racing 92 last weekend (22-10). Because despite Lyon’s response at the start of the second half, accuracy at the feet of Zach Henry will dampen the locals’ hopes. Relentlessly, the Briton scored 21 points alone.
One of the first Yanis Charcosset lyonnais aurait all of the mother offered a final irrespirable match au LOU, but this was not enough for the Parisians to decorate their cinquis succès in six days (32-36), and a previous Victorian history In Lyon.
“We knew we would never win here, and it is a very difficult ground for us. We are very happy. We relied on our strikers who were tremendous, and that paid off.”
Enough to allow Stadistes to consolidate its place on the 14th podium, and even take the lead in the championship, tied on points with Pau (winner in Bordeaux on Saturday), while awaiting Racing 92’s match against Toulon.
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