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Rugby Lyon 6 Leinster 13
This was the grittier side of Leinster on a dirty day in Lyon.
The Top 14 leaders may have no pedigree in this tournament, but they threw the kitchen sink at the four-time champions who needed a performance full of character to emerge with the four points they needed.
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It sets up the pre-Christmas back-to-back games against Pool 1’s other unbeaten side, Northampton Saints, who squeezed past Benetton earlier in the day.
It was a tight and taut affair from the off. Lyon out-half Jonathan Wisniewski missed an early drop-goal attempt, so it was his former Racing 92 team-mate Johnny Sexton who opened the scoring with a penalty after Hendrik Roodt went high on Garry Ringrose. He hit the post when trying to double that lead, while a big chance went a-begging when Robbie Henshaw ignored the screams of James Lowe on his shoulder and butchered a three-man overlap.
With the home side dominating possession and territory, Leinster were forced to defend and Scott Fardy came up with a big turnover, deep in his own ’22, after the scrum coughed up a penalty. And it was Leinster’s rear-guard that got them their all-important first try, with Josh van der Flier charging Wisniewski down and collecting the ball before feeding James Ryan. Virgile Bruni caught the second-row, but Tadhg Furlong and Max Deegan moved the ball wide to Rob Kearney who carried to the 5m line. After a couple of forward carries, No 8 Deegan picked and went through Mickael Ivaldi with support from Rhys Ruddock to score
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