Gloucester Rugby put in a strong performance against Lyon but the French sides' experience and physicality showed as the Cherry and Whites come away with the 19-13 loss to the Top 14 team.
Cameron Jordan came on off the bench to score the Cherry and White’s try in the second half after what was an arm wrestle of an opening 40 minutes.
Both sides were evenly matched, and it was a tight first half with the Gloucester Rugby side dominating in certain areas of the game.
Our scrum was on the front foot and considering the relative inexperience of the side, things looked positive as we went into the break 6-3 down.
There were some crucial moments in the game and turnovers from Santigao Socino and Jack Clement really helped knock Lyon’s momentum and keep us in the game.
In the second half, Billy Twelvetrees was able to draw us level thanks to a penalty but it was Lyon who went over for the first try of the game when Jordan Taufua got over the line. The conversion was good and Lyon extended their lead.
After missing his first kick at goal, Doussain was accurate from the tee and slotted another penalty to keep the home side ticking.
Having been forced off the pitch for a HIA, Santiago Carreras returned to the field wanting to make a real impression and sparked a great attacking display from the Cherry and Whites through a silky line break.
The move created the momentum for Cameron Jordan, who was playing for Hartpury last weekend, to collect the ball and the second row refused to be brought down until he was over the try line.
The conversion was good and we were suddenly back in the game with the score 16-13.
However, Lyon were able to capitalise on a Gloucester Rugby error and Pelissie slotted the penalty to extend the Lyon lead.
At the end of the game, Gloucester Rugby refused to give up and Jack Clement kick started a big dash to the line. The attack was good and progress was made but in the end we were held up in the tackle and when the maul was called and the ball didn’t come out, Lyon knew they had won the game.
However, Gloucester Rugby's efforts are rewarded with the losing bonus point and each individual will hold their head high having given the best representation of themselves for the full 80 minutes.
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