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Gloucester Rugby fall short in Round 1 loss to Lyon in the Champions Cup

Gloucester Rugby were beaten 55-10 by Lyon at the Matmut Stadium in Round 1 of the European Champions Cup.

What happened?

Gloucester Rugby put in a performance with plenty of character and determination against a Lyon side littered with internationals.

George Skivington’s team had been hit by injuries going into the game meaning that the Head Coach picked a largely inexperienced side with many players making their European debuts.

15 of the 23 selected were products of the Gloucester Rugby Academy and the Gloucester Rugby youngsters made the most of their opportunity to impress against one of the top French sides who went into this game unbeaten in seven matches.

Xavier Mignot, Noa Nakaitaci, Izack Jon Rodda and Mathieu Bastareaud all got over in the first half for Lyon with further scores from Charlie Ngatai, Cretin and Mignot, who went over twice to complete a hat trick, coming in the second half.

The Lyon side were ruthless in attack, however the young Cherry & White side did not lose faith and continued to fight in for every inch. 

Gloucester Rugby showed real promise for moments within the game and Seb Nagle-Taylor stood out as a key performer and scored on his Cherry and White debut.

Gloucester Rugby showed grit and determination to stay in the game but ultimately fell short against a top Lyon side.  

Key moment – Seb Nagle-Taylor

The No.8, who is on loan from Hartpury, was one of the standout players for Gloucester Rugby. Nagle-Taylor was physical when carrying the ball and was clever at the breakdown, choosing when to hit rucks with the skill of an experienced international player.

Nagle-Taylor got over for a try in the first half; Seabrook took the ball well from the lineout passing the ball to Gibson who offloaded to the No.8 who bustled over to score.

What’s next?

Gloucester Rugby are back in action next weekend when they host Ulster in Round 2 of the Champions Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon.

George Skivington reacts

Match statsTeam lineups
Lyon
75' J. Wisniewski
74' D. Cretin
63' J. Wisniewski
62' X. Mignot
51' X. Mignot
47' J. Wisniewski
45' J. Wisniewski
45' C. Ngatai
25' J. Wisniewski
24' M. Bastareaud
19' J. Wisniewski
18' I. Jon Rodda
14' N. Nakaitaci
11' J. Wisniewski
10' X. Mignot
Gloucester Rugby
27' G. Barton
21' G. Barton
20' S. Nagle-Taylor