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Lyon searching for maiden Heineken Champions Cup success

Thursday 5th December 2019

10:56 am (GMT)

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Lyon searching for maiden Heineken Champions Cup success

Lyon’s Carl Fearns

Lyon and Benetton Rugby both come into this crucial Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1 clash looking for a first win of their campaign.

The match – that could see the losers close to elimination – takes place at Matmut Stadium de Gerland from 13:00 GMT on Saturday.

Key facts

  • Lyon and Benetton have never met in European competition, and this will be just the third time the TOP 14 side have faced Italian opposition.
  • Lyon are still searching for their win in the Heineken Champions Cup having lost each of their eight fixtures so far.
  • Benetton have won just once away to TOP 14 opposition in the Heineken Champions Cup.
  • Lyon’s Virgile Bruni has won 15 lineouts this season, more than any other player.
  • Benetton hooker Epalahame Faiva has scored three tries, more than any other forward in the competition.

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Lyon notch first Heineken Champions Cup win

Saturday 7th December 2019

2:56 pm (GMT)

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Lyon notch first Heineken Champions Cup win

Charlie Ngatai, who has left Lyon for Leinster

Lyon cruised to their first ever win in the Heineken Champions Cup at Matmut Stadium de Gerland on Saturday after eight successive defeats in the competition.

The TOP 14 leaders finally translated their outstanding domestic form onto the European scene, running in four tries in the first meeting between the clubs to climb off the bottom of Pool 1.

Benetton had won only once away to French opposition in the competition and it soon became obvious this wasn’t going to be win no.2, with Lyon full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin scoring their first try after only two minutes following a scrum deep in the visiting 22.

Five minutes later it was 12-0 to the home team as a poor defensive kick from Benetton allowed Lyon to unleash a devastating counter-attack from just outside their 22, which culminated in centre Charlie Ngatai touching down near the posts. Jonathan Wisniewski converted.

Benetton then rallied but without really threatening the Lyon line and after Wisniewski had kicked a 17th minute penalty, the home side chalked up their third try on 27 minutes when left wing Xavier Mignot rounded off a fine move to dot down in the corner.

That Lyon’s only score after that until the 74th minute was a 67th penalty goal from replacement fly-half Pato Fernandez was due to a mixture of outstanding Benetton defence and a series of handling errors from the French team.

However, replacement flanker Liam Gill ended home frustration by plunging over from a driving line-out wide on the right.

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