Fourteenth place: Lyon snatch victory over Clermont

Lyon maintained its chances of qualifying for the finals of the best 14 teams by snatching the victory (41-30) on Saturday at home against Clermont, which decreased to 14 during the half-game.

At the end of the wild game, Lyon had the best in the final minutes against the Jaunards, and dominated most of the match but never gave up.

In the battle to qualify, Lyon scored precious success that allowed him to rise to fifth place (56 points), ahead of Bordeaux Biglis, whose scheduled Sunday match against Montpellier was postponed after a UBB player had symptoms. From Covid-19.

For his part, Clermont missed the opportunity to score a third victory outside his home country and made a serious choice in the qualifiers.

ASM is still fourth with 59 points.

The Lyon strikers were criticized after their performances in Exeter and La Rochelle, and were decisive at the end of the match, well helped by half of them, Baptiste Caelud. On a portable ball, they sent Couilloud for the test, to pass four minutes ahead from the end (34-30.76).

In the operation, the international stole a ball in the wreckage twenty meters from his streak. On the counterattack, midfielder Josua Tuisova scored his second attempt, depriving Clermont of the defensive bonus (41-30. 80).

Individual Achievements

Clermont’s third Fijian streak, Aleveriti Raka (right), wrestles with Lyon New Zealand back Toby Arnold, during the first 14th match in Lyon, April 24, 2021 (AFP – Jean-Philippe Ksiazyk)

However, visitors deserve better. Led by ten points in the break, outnumbered throughout the second period, after the final disqualification of Judicaël Cancoriet (40), Clermontois was able to return to the game.

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Entering Morgan Parra half-Scrum, at intermission, gave color to the team that was orphaned by match opener Camille Lopez, injured.

His skill against the poles (13 points against 5/5) and an attempt by George Mawala (52) allowed the visitors to regain supremacy (23-20.59).

In the first period, Clermont had their best start thanks to a “hat test” from Yato, Lyon, who believed in the striker, after he had stopped playing.

But, more dynamically, Pierre Mignone’s team quickly gained the upper hand thanks to individual exploits. From Chestra, Jonathan Pellisi sent his winger Xavier Minot for testing (10-7.15), then Toesova, still excellent, starting from his midfield to review Clermont’s defense (17 -7.20).

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