London Welsh lose, again

Date published: January 25 2015

Lyon finished their Challenge Cup campaign on a winning note, beating London Welsh 17-12 in Sunday’s dead rubber at Kassam Stadium.

Lyon led 10-0 at the interval and stretched their lead to 17-0 by the hour mark.

A late rally from the hosts included two tries, but proved too little, too late as the Exiles continued their winless season.

The only crumb of comfort for the Exiles was the losing bonus point they pocketed to save them from finishing the campaign without anything at all.

The scorers:

For London Welsh:
Tries: RM Lewis, Britton
Con: Roberts

For Lyon:
Tries: Regard, Munro, Fitzpatrick
Con: Munro

London Welsh: 15 Chris Elder, 14 Seb Stegmann, 13 James Lewis, 12 Olly Barkley, 11 Rhys Crane, 10 Tristan Roberts, 9 Rob Lewis, 8 Ben Pienaar, 7 Richard Thorpe, 6 Lachlan McCaffrey, 5 Matt Corker (c), 4 Dean Schofield, 3 Ben Cooper, 2 Nathan Morris, 1 Eddie Aholelei.
Replacements: 16 Koree Britton, 17 Ricky Reeves, 18 Jack Gilding, 19 Josh McNally, 20 Daniel Browne, 21 Paul Rowley, 22 Alan Awcock, 23 Elliot Kear.

Lyon: 15 Romain Loursac, 14 Thibaut Regard, 13 Paul Bonnefond, 12 Fabrice Estebanez (c), 11 Didier Tison, 10 Lachie Munro, 9 Mathieu Loree, 8 Masi Matadigo, 7 Eugene Nzi, 6 Steevy Cerqueira, 5 Simon Christian Njewel, 4 Mickael De Marco, 3 Anthony Roux, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Sami Mavinga.
Replacements: 16 Vincent Colliat, 17 Bogdan Balan, 18 Horace Pungea, 19 Joe Tuineau, 20 Frans Viljoen, 21 Adrien Bau, 22 Jerome Porical, 23 Alexandre Derrien.

Venue: Kassam Stadium, Oxford
Referee: Vlad Iordachescu (Romania)
Assistant referees: Radu Petrescu (Romania), Cristian Raduta (Romania)