After their inaugural defeat in La Rochelle, the Toulon players have finally started their season. In front of their audience at Stade Mayol, Patrice Collazo’s players had a very bad evening in defense of Lyon. While Jonathan Wisniewski missed the opportunity to open the scoring in the 4th minute, Baptiste Serin did not miss the target five minutes later. In the process, Mickaël Guillard receives a yellow card for having collapsed a maul, the first in a long series for the LOU. Indeed, the Rhone were then reduced to thirteen with Wisniewski who took for everyone, the referee having had enough of the accumulation of faults on the Lyon side. Not to improve things, Pierre Mignoni’s players took a third yellow card in five minutes when Mickaël Ivaldi, found guilty of having irregularly stopped a maul, also joined the bench at the same time as the referee granted them. Toulonnais a penalty try … which will not be the last in this match.
Toulon failed to take advantage of a triple numerical superiority
Shortly before the half hour of play, Jonathan Pélissié managed to unlock the LOU counter on a penalty but, five minutes later, Masivesi Dakuwaqa was able to materialize an action initiated by Bryce Heem and continued at the foot by Duncan Paia’aua for give the RCT twelve points ahead, which however did not make the most of Rhone’s triple numerical inferiority for lack of precision. Just before returning to the locker room, following a foul by Anthony Etrillard, Wisniewski brought the LOU back to nine lengths. In a Mayol Stadium as mute as a carp, Josua Tuisova took advantage of a misunderstanding in the Toulon defense to flatten … but the referee logically refused the test for an offside position. A Lyon test which finally arrived a quarter of an hour after the resumption. Despite a clear domination in melee, the Toulonnais were trapped by their former protege Mathieu Bastareaud who, skillfully, was able to shift Jean-Marc Doussain who was not attacked. With a quarter of an hour of the end of the meeting, Léo Berdeu gave a lot of hope to the Lyon supporters by bringing the Rhone club to a length on a penalty.
Lyon made too many mistakes to hope to win
It was then that the pressure imposed by the Toulon attack blew up the Lyon defense. Two minutes after this penalty, following a touch, the RCT set up a maul which overturned everything in its path before being collapsed by Jean-Marc Doussain. A gross fault which pushed the referee to grant a second penalty try to the Var and to exclude ten minutes the Rhone scrum half. Conscious of their superiority, Patrice Collazo’s players pressed where it hurts. Three minutes from the siren, on a new maul, Felix Lambey was pushed to the fault for a third penalty attempt for the RCT, that of the offensive bonus. At the very end of the match, Facundo Isa took advantage of a missed touch by Joseph Taufete’e recovered by Emerick Setiano to flatten the fifth and last try of the RCT in this meeting. Too unruly and disorganized on the balls carried, the Lyonnais gave the Toulonnais the weapons they needed to win (36-14). A painful second loss for the LOU when the RCT gave pledges ahead of their Challenge Cup quarter-final against the Scarlets next weekend.
TOP 14 / 2ND DAY
Friday September 11, 2020
Pau – Agen: 33-23
Racing 92 – Montpellier: 41-17
Saturday September 12, 2020
Toulouse – La Rochelle: 39-23
Bordeaux-Begles – Brive: 25-20
Bayonne – Clermont: 21-19
Sunday September 13, 2020
Castres – Stade Français Paris : 16-22
Toulon – Lyon: 36-14