Lyon 35-27 Glasgow Warriors : The hosts fight back to establish semi with Wasps

Josh McKay scores a try
Josh McKay scored one the three Glasgow Warriors tries at Stade de Gerland
Lyon (13) 35
Tries: Couilloud, R Taofifenua, Niniashvilli 2 Cons: Berdeu 2, Doussain Pens: Berdeu 3
Glasgow Warriors (20) 27
Tries: McKay and Forbes, penalty try Cons: Thompson 2 Pens: Thompson 2

The Glasgow Warriors failed to make it to the European semi-finals after Lyon won the Challenge Cup.

Warriors led by 20-13 at halftime, Josh McKay scoring and Cole Forbes scoring. Baptiste Couilloud scored the first try for the hosts.

In the second half, Glasgow was awarded a penalty but Lyon countered with Romain Taofifenua (and Davit Niniashvilli) going over.

Lyon was able to win 35-27 against Niniashvilli and reach the semi-finals against Wasps thanks to Niniashvilli’s second.

Next weekend's match will be played at home by Wasps.

Lyon was awarded the first points by Lyon's Leo Berdeu with an early penalty. Forbes' intercepted pass prevented France from getting their first try during the phases.

Warriors won when McKay grabbed his kick and touched down to make it 2-0 after Toby Arnold failed to collect. Ross Thompson converted.

Lyon was once again cost by errors in handling, when Dylan Cretin gave up possession at the crucial moment. But Berdeu soon got the hosts within a point with his second penalty.

Ali Price was allowed in by a mistake in Lyon's defense. He thought it was a try. Couilloud was able to tackle Ali Price, but the TMO decided that the Scotland scrum half had not received the necessary downward pressure.

Warriors were up seven points with two Thompson penalties. Lyon felt even more frustrated when Felix Lambey’s neck roll on Zander Fairson meant Beka Sangadze’s touchdown was not recorded.

Couilloud could not be denied a tap-and-go from five meters following a Glasgow violation. Berdeu converted.

Glasgow wanted a lead at break and they got it. McKay moved the ball left to right, and McKay offloaded the ball for Forbes to run into. Thompson converted.

Warriors began strongly in the second half. Referee Matthew Carley lost patience when Berdeu came in on the side of a maul.

Jamie Bhatti was sin binned for the exact same offense in Lyon's attack. Hosts kept the pressure up with Taofifenua pushing his way over. Jean-Marc Doussain, who had replaced Couilloud as scrum-half, converted.

Pierre-Louis Barassi then loaded for Niniashvilli, who raced into the corner. Lyon came back within two point. Berdeu was then back on, and his conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

His penalty kick was successful, and a second Niniashvilli try, which was pacy, took the game beyond Glasgow. Berdeu also added the conversion.

Berdeu did not receive a late penalty, but it was irrelevant.

Lyon:Arnold, Tuisova.

Replacements:Mignot (68), Devisme (49), Ivaldi (49), Mayanavanua (65), Mayanavanua (65), Goujon (68) Kaabeche Doussain, Kpoku. Sin Bin: Berdeu (50).

GlasgowSmith, McKay. Johnson, Forbes. Thompson. Price, Bhatti. Matthews. Z Fagerson. Harley. Gray. Wilson. Miller. Dempsey.

Replacements:McBeth for Forbes (52), Miotti to Thompson (77), Dobie (71), Turner (46), Berghan (Z. Fagerson) (60), Bean (60), McDonald's for Wilson (66), G. Brown (71), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Turner (46), Berghan (60), Berghan (60), Z. Fagerson for Z. Fagerson (66)), Bean (60), McDonald's for Wilson (66), McDonald's for McDonald's for McDonalds for McDonalds for McDonalds (66), and McDonalds for McDonalds for McDonalds for McDonalds for McDonald (66), McDonalds for Miller (66), G. Brown (for Miller (71). Sin Bin: Bhatti (53).

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