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Lyon thump Benetton for maiden Champions Cup win

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Lyon secured their first-ever Heineken Champions Cup victory with a 28-0 home win over Benetton.


The French Top 14 side broke their Champions Cup duck at the ninth attempt and also registered a late bonus point.

Full-back Jean-Marcellin Buttin opened the scoring in the third minute and New Zealander Charlie Ngatai soon crossed for Jonathan Wisniewski to convert.

Wisniewski’s penalty put Lyon into a 15-0 lead before wing Xavier Mignot dotted down 12 minutes from half-time.

The Italian visitors were reduced to 14 men when replacement Marco Barbini was yellow carded and a Pato Fernandez penalty extended Lyon’s lead.

Lyon’s fourth try came five minutes from time when a driving line-out drew in the Benetton defence and replacement Liam Gill dived over in the corner.

– Press Association


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