Lyon claim key win over UBB

Date published: December 30 2016

Lyon claimed an important 19-16 victory over Bordeaux-Bègles on Friday in a result that takes them away from the Top 14 relegation spots.

The result moves them 12 points ahead of bottom side Bayonne and also just a point behind Stade Français in 11th spot before the weekend.

Just six points were carded in the opening half as a penalty each from Freddie Michalak and Simon Hickey made it a 3-3 score at the break.

Hickey struck first in the 17th minute but it didn't take long for the hosts to respond as Michalak levelled matters three minutes later.

The duo again traded penalties early in the second period but when wing Toby Arnold went over for a try that was converted by Michalak on 50 minutes, suddenly Lyon were 13-6 to the good, much to the delight of the Matmut Stadium faithful. Bordeaux-Bègles needed a response.

Replacement fly-half Ian Madigan got that fightback going when he sent over a 55th minute penalty, leaving UBB now just four points adrift.

But Lyon would respond via penalties from Michalak and Jacques Louis-Potgieter – in the 59th and 77th minute respectively – and despite Yann Lesgourgues crossing for Bordeaux-Bègles at the death, Lyon held on for the win.

The scorers:

For Lyon:
Try: Arnold
Con: Michalak
Pens: Michalak 3, Potgieter

For Bordeaux-Bègles:
Try: Lesgourgues
Con: Madigan
Pens: Hickey 2, Madigan

Lyon: 15 Delon Armitage, 14 Toby Arnold, 13 Théo Belan, 12 Hemani Paea, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Freddie Michalak, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Virgile Bruni, 6 Julien Puricelli, 5 Thibaut Privat, 4 Taisina Tuifua, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Mickaël Ivaldi, 1 Alexandre Menini
Replacements: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Albertus Buckle, 18 Josh Bekhuis, 19 Deon Fourie, 20 Baptiste Couilloud, 21 Thibaut Regard, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 BJ Botha

Bordeaux-Bègles: 15 Jean-Marcellin Buttin, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Jayden Spence, 12 Julien Rey, 11 Blair Connor, 10 Simon Hickey, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Hugh Chalmers, 6 Luke Braid, 5 Cyril Cazeaux, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Berend Botha, 19 Louis-Benoit Madaule, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Ian Madigan, 22 Romain Lonca, 23 Marc Clerc

Referee: Tual Trainini