Lyon and Clermont met already, a week after their duel in a preparation match which had turned in favor of LOU (19-11 victory). For this first official match of their Top 14 season, the Auvergnats failed to take their revenge (28-19).
However, Pierre Mignoni was deprived of Bastareaud, who will miss six weeks of competition after his operation by hand, as well as his many French internationals in the summer ( Bamba, Geraci, Cretin, Couilloud, Taofifenua, Brassi), just like Taufeteâ ???? e (United States) and Tuisova, currently retained with Fiji. TO?? Clermont, Lavanini was not there as he is currently in Argentina selection, while Jedrasiak is injured. Absences to which must be added those of Falatea, Penaud, Lee or Yato.
There was no observation round for this first game of the season. Hanrahan had launched Clermont (8th) just before Mignot’s response (10th). Dumortier’s two very fine tries (33rd, 37th) responded to Parra’s penalties to allow the LOU to return to the locker room with the advantage on the scoreboard. The three-quarter from Lyon concluded a spectacular collective action before signing a solo double, by erasing two players in his left lane.
Morgan Parra had revived ASM in the second half by passing his fourth penalty in the match, which allowed him to break a record in the Top 14, with 42 kicks. rank success. But the visitors failed to score again and left Gerland with a loss with no defensive bonus point. The Lyonnais now have an appointment next Saturday on the lawn of Pau while ASM Clermont will receive Castres to try to react.