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Lyon travel to Salford to face Sale Sharks on Saturday at AJ Bell Stadium, where a victory would boost their hopes of qualifying out of Challenge Cup Pool 2. This will be the second meeting between the clubs with Lyon winning their clash in Round 2 this season by just three points (27-24).
· Sale have played 40 home games in their Challenge Cup history, failing to win just eight of those matches (D1, L7). Seven of those eight games were against French opposition.
· Lyon’s last eight Challenge Cup matches have all been won by the home side on the day (W4, L4).
· Sale have conceded just six tries this season so far, the joint fewest of any side in the competition (same as Edinburgh).
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Sale Sharks leapt from fourth to second in Pool 2 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 15-13 triumph over Lyon at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Andrei Ostrikov and Josh Beaumont scored the tries as the Premiership side claimed a crucial win to move within two points of Pool 2 leaders Cardiff Blues, who face Toulouse on Sunday with an opportunity to extend their advantage.
- Russian second row Ostrikov opened the scoring on 21 minutes, only for the visitors to steal the lead via two penalties from the boot of fly-half Lionel Beauxis, although they proved to be Lyon’s only points of the first half.
- In a much better second-half display Sale Sharks rose to fore with Will Cliff slotting home a penalty and replacement forward Beaumont crashed over a second score for the home side a minute later as they moved into a comfortable 15-6 lead.
- Sale could have closed the game out as they remained in the ascendency, but were forced to endure a tense closing 10 minutes as Virgile Lacombe, converted by Frederic Michalak, brought the visitors within two points of the Sharks.
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