Leo Berdeu
Fly-half Leo Berdeu contributed 15 factors as Lyon reached their first European closing
Lyon (3) 20
Tries: Berdeu, Charcosset Cons: Berdeu 2 Pens: Berdeu 2
Wasps (8) 18
Tries: Robson, Gopperth Cons: Gopperth Pens: Gopperth 2

Wasps’ hopes of a primary European closing in 15 years have been ended by a slim semi-final defeat by Lyon in France.

Dan Robson produced the only strive of the primary half, whereas Jimmy Gopperth and Lyon’s Leo Berdeu traded penalties as Wasps led 8-3 on the break.

Tries from Berdeu and Yanis Charcosset, both facet of a Gopperth penalty, gave Lyon a 17-11 lead after an hour.

Gopperth’s rating after Berdeu’s penalty minimize the hole to 20-18, however Lyon held on to achieve their first European closing.

A seventh-straight win in an unbeaten Problem Cup marketing campaign took the Prime 14 facet to a closing showdown with both Saracens or Toulon in Marseille on 27 Could.

However Wasps will depart understanding they missed an excellent likelihood of reaching the showpiece regardless of a 13-point haul from Gopperth contemporary from confirming his transfer to Leicester subsequent season.

Lyon have been showing of their first semi-final, whereas Wasps have been bidding for a primary European closing since a 2007 Champions Cup triumph, and with a lot at stake, the primary half proved cagey and attritional.

After 25 scoreless minutes, with neither facet near a good alternative, Jacob Umaga’s 50-22 kick gave Wasps a sniff of an opportunity and scrum-half Dan Robson took it, sniping in unopposed down the blind facet as Lyon’s defence switched off.

The 2003 Problem Cup winners have been made to sweat by a prolonged TMO evaluate when Malakai Fekitoa’s elbow related, by accident, with the top of Lyon fly-half Berdeu, however the 2015 World Cup winner escaped punishment.

The Premiership facet, who beat Biarritz and Edinburgh to achieve the final 4, managed a lot of the primary half, however lastly conceded 5 minutes earlier than half-time when Berdeu slotted a penalty from the touchline.

But moments later, a deliberate knock-on handed Wasps the prospect to revive their five-point cushion, which Gopperth took.

Davit Niniashvili spurned a golden likelihood with a unfastened move as Lyon started the second half at tempo, however the French facet went ahead for the primary time with a check out of nothing, Berdeu ending off a beautiful flowing transfer earlier than including the extras for a 10-8 lead.

Gopperth’s penalty shortly put Wasps again in entrance, however the lead modified arms once more moments later when alternative hooker Charcosset piled over only a minute after approaching.

Berdeu missed two penalties as Lyon sought a two-score lead, however took a easy third for a 20-11 lead, the prospect stemming initially from Zach Kibirige’s knock-on 5 metres from his personal line.

Dan Frost noticed his breakaway strive chalked off for an earlier Francois Hougaard knock-on, however with the sport slipping away, Gopperth burrowed over off the again of a maul to tee up a grandstand closing 5 minutes.

Wasps turned up the warmth, however have been undone by knock-ons and errors as their hopes of silverware resulted in frustration.

Lyon: Arnold; Tuisova, Barassi, Ngatai, Niniashvili; Berdeu, Couilloud; S Taofifenua, Marchand, Bamba, Kpoku, R Taofifenua, Cretin, Saginadze, Sobela (capt).

Replacements: Charcosset, Rey, Kodela, Mayanavanua, Goujon, Doussain, Lambey, Mignot.

Wasps: Umaga; Hougaard, Fekitoa, Gopperth, Bassett; Atkinson, Robson; West, Oghre, Alo, Launchbury (capt), Stooke, Shields, J Willis, Barbeary.

Replacements: Frost, Harris, Millar-Mills, Gaskell, T Willis, Porter, Spink, Kibirige.

Referee: Frank Murphy (Eire)

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