Toulouse battled to a 30-23 victory over 14-man Lyon at Stade Ernest Wallon to leapfrog their opponents into second place in the European Challenge Cup’s Pool 2.
The hosts turned in a dominant first-half display in their first European triumph of the season, with Wandile Mjekevu the inspiration as he scored twice.
Having won 17-9 at Lyon in the Top 14 last month, Toulouse took the initiative on home turf and Jean-Marc Doussain dispatched a pair of penalties after Romain Ntamack’s early try was ruled out.
Mjekevu then went over for a brilliant opening try – storming through the Lyon defence – and the same man quickly scored again, with two successful conversions from Doussain adding to a handsome lead.
A dismal first half continued for the visitors as Timilai Rokoduru was dismissed for a high tackle, although two Jonathan Pelissie penalties got them on the scoreboard – the lead cut to 20-6 at the break.
Yoann Huget’s score looked to have Toulouse back on track after the restart, but Lyon responded with a third Pelissie penalty and Theo Belan’s converted try.
And although Sofiane Guitoune added a fourth home try, the visitors ensured a nervy finish as Jone Tuva scored – Frederic Michalak converting – and Mjekevu let slip a late opportunity for a hat-trick, with Toulouse scraping over the line.
— Stade Toulousain (@StadeToulousain) December 7, 2017
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