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Drawn away at the last second by Pau against Lyon

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 11, 2020

This Pau team definitely has character! After snatching victory in Montpellier at the last second on Matchday 1, the players of Nicolas Godignon and Frédéric Manca offered their supporters a new unbreathable scenario in order to snatch the draw against Lyon. A meeting that the Béarnais started very badly, putting themselves at fault on the ground from the 1st minute, offering Léo Berdeu the first three points of the match. Imprecise in defense, the Palois were also imprecise in attack. Two minutes later, a pass between Antoine Hastoy and Lekima Tagitagivalu was perfectly anticipated by Charlie Ngatai who did not have to force his pace to flatten between the poles the first try of the match. But the protected Pierre Mignoni then demonstrated their inconstancy, with a first period ended at fourteen against fifteen following the yellow card received by Xavier Chiocci for a fault in a maul. Too easily readable on their throws in touch, with four balls lost in the first half hour, the Lyonnais were too often at fault and Antoine Hastoy did not ask for so much. Thanks to four penalties, the Béarn striker kept his team afloat while Léo Berdeu could only add six points at the foot. The result was a four-length lead for the LOU after the first 40 minutes.

The LOU thought it was safe …

Aligned for the first time by the Section Paloise, Hugo Bonneval stood out at the start of the second period by … a ball that was too much kept on the ground against the peerless scraper Mathieu Bastareaud. An error which offered Léo Berdeu a new ammunition. Reduced in turn to fourteen following a voluntary forward signed Luke Whitelock, the Pau suffered the game and Xavier Chiocci, out of maul, was able to grab the ball to flatten in force the second Lyon test. Shortly before the hour mark, Antoine Hastoy added three new points to the Section’s total following an offside position. But the Lyonnais still had resources. Twelve minutes from the end, Josua Tuisova took full advantage of a discount from Jonathan Pélissié following an unfortunate kicking game from Antoine Hastoy to make his speed speak and flatten the test that offered, at this point in the match, the offensive bonus to LOU. Led by fourteen points at the start of the last ten minutes, the players of the Section Paloise put aside their moods and gave everything on their lawn at the Stade du Hameau. An attitude that ended up paying off. Entered into play in the 55th minute in place of Samuel Marques, Thierry Daubagna flattened a test full of opportunism seven minutes from the end of the meeting. After seeing his pack push the Lyon scrum to fault, the scrum half from Pau quickly played a penalty for himself and, facing a Rhone defense taken aback, flattened what was the first Béarn try of the match.

… but Pau never stopped believing in it

To this was added a yellow card for Patrick Sobéla, who was not ten meters away when the penalty was taken and tried to stop Thierry Daubagna. In numerical superiority and with a delay of seven points, the Pau did not stop there. Just before the siren, the forwards of the Section put their Lyonnais counterparts to death with a carried ball which advanced more than 20 meters but the LOU defense was able to put the barbed wire. An action which was not without consequences, however, since Hamza Kaabèche paid dearly for a fault on this maul, being himself sent to the bench for the end of the match. Two less, the Lyonnais left spaces and, three minutes after the siren, Watisoni Votu quickly played a penalty to try to snatch the draw. The latter ended up shifting Elliot Roudil who, in a corner, brought the Section closer to two lengths before the transformation. In the corner, Antoine Hastoy concluded his evening flawless to offer his team a draw far from undeserved (29-29). A result that allows Pau to point to second place in the standings while Lyon did not improve on their victory at the start of the week against UBB and remain in the second half of the table.

TOP 14 / DAY 4
Friday October 9, 2020
Bayonne – La Rochelle : 19-36

Saturday 10 October 2020
Agen – Stade Français Paris : 3-20
Toulon – Montpellier: 25-21
Racing 92 – Toulouse : 24-30

Sunday 11 October 2020
Pau – Lyon: 29-29

Postponed to a later date
Castres – Brive
Bordeaux-Begles – Clermont