Lyon captain Dylan Cretin mentioned Josua Tuisova “makes rugby simple” after the Fiji winger scored twice in Saturday’s 41-30 dwelling win over 14-man Clermont to maneuver fifth within the French Prime 14 on Saturday.
Tuisova’s efforts got here both aspect of the break because the Olympic gold medallist made his first begin for a month after being sidelined with a calf damage.
“Josh performed rather well. Rugby is simple when Josh scores on his personal,” Cretin mentioned.
“We’re proud of the win. Clermont put us underneath strain. We may have made issues simpler for ourselves,” he added.
The guests, who had flanker Judicael Cancoriet despatched off simply earlier than half-time, left Stade Gerland empty-handed however stay fourth, eight factors behind leaders Toulouse who entertain Racing 92 afterward Saturday.
Lyon climb to fifth, three factors behind Clermont and three forward of sixth-placed Bordeaux-Begles whose scheduled match at dwelling to Montpellier on Sunday was referred to as off.
Bordeaux-Begles, who journey to Toulouse in a European Champions Cup semi-final subsequent Saturday, recorded one other Covid-19 case after registering seven for the reason that quarter-final win over Racing 92 on April.
In keeping with Champions Cup guidelines a staff will forfeit a sport if they’ve a number of constructive checks from testing three days previous to kick-off.
At Stade Gerland, Lyon led 10-7 after 1 / 4 of an hour with Xavier Mignot’s try to Jean-Marc Doussain’s penalty cancelling out Clermont’s early attempt from Tuisova’s worldwide team-mate Peceli Yato.
Tuisova’s first effort got here after 20 minutes as he broke by 5 defenders in a break began on the midway line.
Simply earlier than the interval Cancoriet was despatched off for elbowing Doussain whereas carrying the ball.
With 20 minutes left Clermont, who introduced this week that La Rochelle’s Jono Gibbes will return as head coach subsequent season, gave the impression to be invigorated by the crimson card and led 23-20.
Morgan Parra and Doussain traded penalties earlier than ex-All Blacks centre George Moala dotted down.
The lead modified thrice earlier than the 75-minute mark and France scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud made essentially the most of a dominant Lyon maul to make it 34-30 with Doussain’s conversion.
Tuisova’s second attempt, and his twelfth of the marketing campaign, got here with the clock within the crimson as the house aspect made essentially the most of Clermont’s try to run the ball from their very own half.
Later, there are simply two league fixtures to be performed with 4 matches postponed as a consequence of Covid-19 instances amongst squads.
Within the video games going forward afterward Saturday, les Bleus centre Gael Fickou is predicted to make his Racing debut off the bench on the holders and play off chasing Stade Francais, Fickou’s former aspect, host relegation-threatened Pau.