Lyon ends the perfect start to Toulouse’s Top 14 – .

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Lyon ends the perfect start to Toulouse’s Top 14 – .


Paris (AFP)

Lyon condemned Toulouse to their first loss of the French Top 14 season on Sunday with a 25-19 victory.

Toulouse entered the match with six victories out of six but Lyon won a second consecutive game to regain third place in the championship, two points behind Bordeaux-Bègles.

Toulouse is still at the top of the standings with a three-point lead.

Full-backs Beka Saghinadze and Dylan Cretin scored tries for Lyon, as did scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud.

Lyon winger Ethan Dumortier received a yellow card just after the hour mark, which allowed hooker Peato Mauvaka to grab Toulouse’s only try of the evening.

It was at least enough to ensure a defensive bonus point for the reigning champions of France and Europe.

” It feels really good. We’re going to sleep very well tonight, ”said Lyon opener Leo Berdeu.

“We wanted to be the ones who beat Toulouse first this season. I don’t know if it’s a benchmark match because we played good matches.

“We lost here two weeks ago against Bordeaux. We want it to be an impregnable stadium. “

Stade Français, an underperforming financial heavyweight in the French Top 14, won a second consecutive game on Saturday for the first time this season.

A narrow 23-22 victory over his Perpignan teammates, with left-wing striker coach Laurent Sempere calling the knife’s triumph “mission accomplished”.

On the scoresheet: Stade Français flanking Sekou Macalou scores one of his two tries RAYMOND ROIG AFP

The Stadium, which is said to have collected just under € 40million this season, was indebted to international flanker Sekou Macalou who scored two tries.

It was a timely performance from the full-back forward with France due to announce their squad for fall testing next week.

La Rochelle, vice-champion of the Top 14 and the European Champions Cup last season, is also finding its marks after a bad start.

On Saturday they beat Brive 8-6 with winger Arthur Retiere scoring the only try of the match.

Bordeaux-Bègles remained second with a 37-33 victory at Pau.

Matthieu Jalibert scored two tries, and kicked 15 points, with Ulupano Seuteni and Romain Buros also on the scoresheet.

South African star winger Cheslin Kolbe was introduced to the Toulon crowd after his transfer from Toulouse.

However, he then saw the triple European champions being beaten 27-20 by Racing 92.

Forward Brian Alainu’uese and Australian center Duncan Paia’aua scored second-half tries for Toulon.

Full-back forwards Yoan Tanga and Ibrahim Diallo scored both of Racing’s tries as Toulon lost at home at the Mayol Stadium for the first time since February.

The cul-de-sac of Biarritz was beaten 38-20 in Castres.

In three away games this season, Biarritz have conceded 130 points to an average of just over 43 per game.

Clermont edged Montpellier 22-20 with Camille Lopez scoring 17 points while South African World Cup winner Handre Pollard missed a late-game penalty that could have won the game for Montpellier.

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