Physicality, the trait Bulls pride themselves on most, was smashed up front by Lyon

The physicality of their pack might be the trait the Bulls are most happy with, however they had been completely devastated in assault and all over the place else when Olympique Lyon beat them 31-7 of their Champions Cup match on the Stade de Gerland on Friday defeated night time.

The Bulls did not safe even the one bonus level that may have secured them a spot within the final 16 of the competitors and can now should depend on the outcomes of the groups under them to progress.

The Olympique Lyon pack had the bulls working backwards within the scrums and mauls in a humiliating dismantling of their pack. They usually had ample alternative to scramble and maul as a result of the Bulls made a plethora of fundamental errors and squandered quite a few penalties. It is exhausting to recollect the Bulls ever holding on for greater than half a dozen phases earlier than the final 10 minutes, when the primary stars on the bench all got here on as substitutes, the inexperienced back-up teaching employees belatedly reply to the disaster.

Clearly, the Bulls additionally lacked the psychological toughness to cope with the calls for of journey and the unfamiliar situations, snowfall within the second half, as a result of they had been passive in protection too and did not have interaction sufficient within the occasion of breakdowns.

Concrete Energy

Olympique Leon led 24-0 at half-time because of their pack’s concrete solidity, which allowed hooker Guillaume Marchand to attain two targets from rolling mauls, and powerfully constructed scrumhalf Jean-Marc Doussain additionally scored by scoring himself unleashed from a dominant scrum and compelled his method by way of the flat footed protection of flyhalf Johan Goosen.

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The Bulls struck first within the second half, albeit in opposition to the move of play, as winger Kurt-Lee Arendse intercepted in his personal 22 and ran all the way in which to purpose.

However the consequence was set in stone within the 57th minuteth minute, following one other barrage of foolish errors from the Bulls, flyhalf Leo Berdeu took benefit of an enormous gap within the defensive position to roar for the bonus level try and save Olympique Lyon’s hopes of qualifying for the sport final 16 alive.


Olympique Lyon: Attempt – Guillaume Marchand (2), Jean-Marc Doussain, Leo Berdeu. conversions – Berdeu (4). penalty – Berdeu.

cops: Try – Kurt Lee Arendse. conversion – Johann Goosen.

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