Toulon lose 42-33 against Lyon!
Rugby Club Toulonnais lost 42-33 against LOU Rugby, last Saturday, on Day 20 of the Top 14.
Toulon could entertain hopes for a second away win this season. Even though Jonathan Wisniewski had scored Lyon’s first points, Toulon started the game quite well, passing the ball in their opponent’s side. They were rewarded when J.P. Pietersen scored an early try and they led 3-7.
The two teams then converted two penalties though Louis Carbonel and Jonathan Wisniewski and the score sheet was 9-13.
Thirty minutes into the first half, Lyon grabbed the ball and scored a try after a move by Félix Lambeyqui, who handed the ball to Rudy Wulf, a former Toulon player, who went past the backline and gave the ball to Toby Arnold, who scored his team’s first try. 16-13 to Lyon.
Louis Carbonel then converted a penalty and the two teams were tied 16-16 at half-time.
Toulon made an ideal start to the second half, as Louis Carbonel dodged two tackles and gave the ball to Filipo Nakosi, who grounded the ball. Toby Arnold had made a deliberate forward pass and picked up a yellow card: it was thus a penalty try that was given after video assistance and Toulon were leading 16-23!
Afterwards, our men in red and black lacked discipline, which dashed their hopes of bringing back points from Lyon. Liam Messam picked up a yellow card and Lyon had numerous opportunities to score: they had the advantage in the scrum and Carl Fearns took advantage of it to power through and score a try. Lyon were back into the lead, 24-23. Charles Ollivon and Hendrick Roodt both picked up a yellow card for coming together.
Toulon could not regain possession and were penalised again. After a throw-in, the maul collapsed in the in-goal area and Lyon scored another try through Ivaldi. 29-23.
After sixty minutes, the two teams once again had fifteen players on the pitch. Louis Carnbonel and Jonathan Wisniewski both scored another penalty: 32-26 to Lyon.
At the 78th minute, Thibaut Regard scored another try for Lyon, which all but dashed any hope for Toulon to win the game.
But, after the ball was played back in, Toulon bounced back and Louis Carbonel found space and went on to score a try after a beautiful throw-in.
Lyon thus won 42-33: Toulon were quite spectacular, but they lacked discipline and accuracy during the last half-hour. They now play next Saturday in Marseille, at the Stade Orange-Vélodrome, against the Top 14 leader, Toulouse, for what promises to be a real showdown!