Lyon defeated 30-12 Toulon in the first European Challenge Cup final

Lyon win Challenge Cup final
Lyon lost their Top 14 matches with Toulon this year
Lyon (10) 30
Tries: Couilloud, Barassi, Penalty Cons: Berdeu (2) Pens: Berdeu (2), Ngatai
Toulon (7) 12
Tries: Kolbe, Serin Con: Carbonel

Lyon took the Challenge Cup final in Marseille, winning the first European title of their history. They defeated Toulon 30-12.

Lyon's sole first-half try was scored by Baptiste Couilloud, but Davit Niniashvili, a teenage winger, stepped in to waste another fantastic opportunity.

Lyon won the game with a penalty try, Pierre-Louis Barassi's scoring in quick succession.

Cheslin Colbe's 74th-minute attempt was too late for Toulon to gain momentum.

Joel Kpoku, an ex-second rower for England under-20, joined Lyon in November after he was transferred from Saracens. He put on another great performance during the semi-final victory over Wasps.

England head coach Eddie Jones and his assistants Richard Cockerill, Matt Proudfoot and Matt Proudfoot were among 51,431 spectators who came out to see the 22 year-old. It was a record attendance for the second-tier European competition.

Kpoku stated that winning the final was a great accomplishment, telling BT Sport: “It took courage to come out here and to allow Lyon to play me at such a large game.”

“For now, I'm focusing on Lyon and playing for my club. We will see what happens. I signed here for the next three-years.”

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