Lyon cruise past Petraca in Challenge Cup

Lyon kept their slim qualification hopes alive after cruising past Petrarca with a rampant first-half performance in Italy.

Waisele Sukanaveita got the scoreboard ticking over after just two minutes at Stadio Plebiscito with former England fullback Mark Van Gisbergen adding the extras.

Eoghan Hickey hit-back for the hosts before Alipate Fatafehi raced clear for the first of his two tries.

Van Gisbergen again slotted the conversion to hand the visitors a 14-3 lead after little more than ten-minutes.

The Top14 club continued their flying start to the clash when Sukanaveita burst through for his second touchdown of the clash before Fatafehi equalled the effort for the bonus-point.

Antonio Testa barged his way over Lyon’s fifth on 34 minutes to bring the scores to 31-3 at the interval.

Lyon took their foot off the gas in the second half but Van Gisbergen crossed the whitewash on 50 minutes to take his personal tally to 13-points.

Thibaut Regard grabbed Lyon’s sixth try on 73 minutes to cap off a comfortable win.

Final Score Petrarca Rugby 3(3) Lyon Rugby 43 (33)


Penalty – E Hickey

Try – M van Gisbergen, A Testa, A Fatafehi (2) , T Regard, W Sukanaveita (2)
Conversion – M van Gisbergen (4)

Attendance: 1,000

Referee: Andrew McMenemy (Scotland)


Petrarca Rugby: J Sanchez; S Bortolussi, M Neethling, R Bertetti [capt] (A Chillon 41), A Morsellino (F Faggiotto 41); E Hickey, P Travagli (A Chillon 41); M Alonso (A Furia 55), N Gatto (F Damiano 41), L D’Agostino (C Caporello 51), A Cavalieri (M Tveraga 55), E Targa, M Barbini, L Persico (Z Ansell 41), D Kingi

Lyon Rugby: M van Gisbergen (R Loursac 52); A Fatafehi, T Regard, W Sukanaveita (L Thomas 52), M Ratuvou; X Sadourny [capt], M du Bruyn (R Januarie 58); G Kavtidze (S Petit 41), A Testa (J Bonrepaux 60), P Toleafoa (A Roux 49), C Short, C Basson, G Gambetta (A Marchois 65), J Sousa (E Nzi 28), N Bontinck

With thanks to ERCRugby

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