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Lyon continue their battle against relegation and a rapid return to the second tier of French club rugby, when they face Stade Francais at the Matmut Stadium in Lyon on Saturday. Last weekend saw Lyon record a vital 16-3 home win against Montpellier, which maintained their 10 point buffer over Grenoble, the club immediately below them, who occupy the second relegation position. The last visiting side to win at the Matmut in the Top 14 were Castres, who won by 23-19 at the beginning of December, since when Lyon have won three straight victories on home soil.
Stade ended a run of three consecutive losses in the Top 14 Orange, when they beat Bordeaux-Begles in Paris last weekend by 32-9. However, the Parisians are still floundering in eleventh position in the table, with 39 points. They are a full 12 points clear of the relegation zone, but seven points adrift of the play-off positions above them. When they take to the field on Saturday, Stade Francais will be looking for a first Top 14 victory on the road this season. All nine previous attempts having ended in defeat. When the clubs faced each other in Paris earlier in the season, Stade ran out victors by 25-19.
Posted: 2nd January 2015
Lyon are offered the opportunity on Friday of potentially helping to knock Stade Francais off of the top of the Top 14 Orange table at the Matmut Stadium, just days after they climbed to the summit of the French domestic tournament. Last Sunday, saw Stade produce a stunning display at home to defeat the reigning champions, and at the time table topping Toulon by 30-6, not only securing the four match points, but also sending their multi-talented opponents back to the South of the country without a bonus point or even a consolation try.
Lyon meanwhile, themselves produced a stunning result, which assisted Stade to the top of the table. There were few pundits who would have expected them to beat second placed Clermont Auvergne, even given that the game was being played at the Matmut Stadium. However win they did, by 16-13, a result that not only stopped Clermont replacing Toulon at the top of the table, but also ensured that the newly promoted club were out of the bottom two at the turn of the year. With the two sides below them, La Rochelle and Castres meeting on Saturday at the Stade Pierre-Antoine, then a repeat of last week’s shock result would probably be of greater significance to the home side, that a win for the table leaders from Paris.
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, Top 14 Orange
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