Double blow for wounded Lyon

Date published: August 18 2014

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Lyon's South African prop Wian Du Preez and French flanker Pierrick Gunther were both due to undergo operations on Monday.

Lyon's South African prop Wian Du Preez and French flanker Pierrick Gunther were both due to undergo operations on Monday.

Both sustained injuries in the opening match of the Top 14 season, a 18-9 defeat by Bordeaux Bègles.

Du Preez suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and Gunther, a close-season signing from champions Toulon, a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, medical sources said.

In a heavy blow for newly-promoted Lyon, the duo will be out for six months, with the club expected to recruit two replacements.

Head coach Olivier Azam was also left to reflect on his team's missed opportunities following the defeat.

“We are particularly disappointed not to have taken our points in the 1st half, we had two opportunities on the wings where we quickly lost the ball, especially before the break when we weren't really rewarded,” Azam told AFP.

“It was paradoxical in the scrum; we won four balls in the second half and then the in second it was weaker.

“Du Preez's injury does not help us, Balan had to play the whole match, it was very difficult for him and with his yellow card, the Bordelais had the upper hand in this area for the whole game and did very well.

“We're not happy to have lost, we did not prepare to lose but we will highlight the positive things, the interesting moments at the beginning of the match and Bordeaux's highlights, how we didn't concede a try even when we were clinging on with 14 against 15.”

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