Tuisova’s Lyon Wins Challenge Cup

Burly Fijian winger Josua ‘The Bus’ Tuisova starred for Lyon as they won their first European title this morning.
28 May 2022 10:44
Tuisova’s Lyon Wins Challenge Cup
Lyon rugby players with Josua Tuisova after winning their first European title at the Stade Velodrome, this morning. Photo: Planet Rugby

Burly Fijian winger Josua ‘The Bus’ Tuisova starred for Lyon as they won their first European title this morning.

Lyon beat Toulon 30-12 in the Challenge Cup final at the Stade Velodrome.

Tuisova, time and again broke through the Toulon defence to set-up his team-mates.

Lyon were by far the better team throughout but they could only open up a three-point advantage at the interval thanks to Baptiste Couilloud’s converted try and Leo Berdeu’s three-pointer.

Toulon were lethargic by comparison but, having seen their opponents butcher several opportunities, Baptiste Serin’s effort kept them in contention in the first half.

The three-time European champions did not learn from their mistakes, though, and Pierre Mignoni’s men went 24-7 ahead through a penalty try and Pierre-Louis Barassi’s score.

Berdeu and Charlie Ngatai then added a penalty apiece in the final quarter to rubberstamp a momentous win, despite Cheslin Kolbe’s consolation.

Their first effort was ruled out due to a knock on from Jordan Taufua, but those two but would eventually be rewarded for their endeavour when the France international half-back scored.

Taufua, who had been magnificent in the early stages, intercepted Sergio Parisse’s pass and Couilloud was in support to finish it off.

Parisse’s error was symptomatic of Toulon’s performance, with Franck Azema’s men surprisingly lacklustre, but they had quality throughout the XV and did burst into life once during the encounter.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medallist and Toulon winger Jiuta Wainiqolo came in as a sub but could not ignite his side.

Lyon’s lock Temo Mayanavanua did not make Match 23 squad and so was Leone Nakarawa of Toulon.

Tuisova and Wainiqolo are definite to make the Flying Fijians squad for the Pacific Nations Cup in July where they face Tonga, Samoa and Australia A.

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