Match Report: Lyon 55-10 Gloucester Rugby

Mathieu Bastareaud scored a try for Lyon
Mathieu Bastareaud scored a try for Lyon

Lyon 55-10 Gloucester Rugby

Lyon came up with a clinical performance as they outplayed Gloucester Rugby 55-10 in their Heineken Champions Cup opener.

Gloucester starting line-up had eight players making their debut and their inexperience was evident as the French side looked dominating throughout the game.

Xavier Mignot started the proceedings early with a 10th minute try and Wisniewski kicked the conversion. As the opening quarter was about to end, Noa Nakaitaci and Izack Rodda scored further tries as they raced to a 19-0 lead.

Even though Gloucester responded back with a try from Seb Nagle-Taylor, Lyon went on to claim the bonus point through Mathieu Bastareaud's touchdown in the 23rd minute making the scoreline 26-7 before Barton slotted a penalty goal for the visitors.

Lyon dominated the opening exchanges in the second half as Charlie Ngatai scored a try after which Mignot completed a hat-trick with touchdowns in 51st and 61st minutes. Wisniewski also kicked seven points in the phase taking Lyon to a 48-10 lead.

Dylan Cretin further extended Lyon's winning margin as he crossed the whitewash in the 73rd minute with Berdeu's conversion ensuring they sealed a 45-point win.

Team line-up:

Lyon: Arnold; Mignot, Barassi, Ngatai, Nakaitaci; Wisniewski, Couilloud; Chiocci, Ivaldi, Ric, Lambey, Rodda, Goujon, Cretin, Bastareaud

Replacements: Maurouard, Chaume, Devisme, Geraci, Fainga'a, Doussain, Berdeu, Regard

Gloucester: Moyle; Morris, Trinder, Seabrook, Morgan; Barton, Varney; Ford-Robinson, Hanson, Knight, Atkins, Gibson, Clement, Ludlow, Nagle-Taylor

Replacements: Gleave, Saville, Tyack, Craig, Gray, Thomas, Chapman, Sharples


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