|Lyon (3) 20|
|trying to: Berdeu, Sharkoset Cons: Berdeu 2 Handles: Berdeu 2|
|Wasps (8) 18|
|trying to: Robson, Gopert Cons: Gopert Handles: Hoppert 2|
Wasp’s hopes for the first European final in 15 years ended in a small semi-final defeat to Lyon in France.
Dan Robson made the only attempt in the first half, while Jimmy Hopert and Leo Berdeu of Lyon exchanged penalties when the Wasps led 8-3 at the break.
Attempts by Berdeu and Janis Charcaset, who are on both sides of Gopert’s penalty, brought Lyon forward 17-11 in an hour.
Hoppert’s score after Berdeu’s penalty reduced the gap to 20-18, but Lyon refrained from reaching their first European final.
The seventh victory in a row in the undefeated campaign of the Challenge Cup led on May 27 in Marseille from the 14 best sides to the final fight with the Saracens or Toulon.
But the Wasps will leave, knowing they missed a good chance to hit the testimony, despite the fact that Hoppert scored 13 points after confirming his move to Leicester next season.
Lyon appeared in their first semi-final, while the Wasps claimed their first European final since winning the 2007 Champions Cup, and when there was so much at stake, the first half proved difficult and difficult.
25 minutes into the game, neither side came close to leveling the score with a dangerous shot from the center of the area that went just over the bar. Jacob Umaga’s 50-22 goal gave Wasps a chance, and half of the collision Dan Robson took advantage of it, twisting in the blind side when Lyon’s defense was turned off.
The 2003 Challenge Cup winners were swept away by a long TMO review when the elbow of Malaya Fekitoa accidentally collided with the head of the Lyon ice Berdeu, but the 2015 World Cup winner escaped punishment.
The Premier League team, which beat Biarritz and Edinburgh to reach the top four, controlled most of the first half, but finally conceded five minutes before the break when Berdeu scored a penalty from the sideline.
But after a few moments, the deliberate stuffing gave the Wasps a chance to restore their five-point cushion, which Hopert took advantage of.
Davit Niniashvili gave up the golden chance, making an unsuccessful pass when Lyon started the second half at a pace, but the French team first went ahead, trying out of nowhere, Berdeu finished a great smooth run before adding an additional 10 -8 leads.
Hoppert’s penalty quickly brought Wasp back ahead, but a few minutes later the lead went from hand to hand again when a substitute Cherkaset substitute passed him just a minute after the exit.
Berdeu missed two penalties when Lyon tried to go ahead by two points, but got a simple third, leading 20-11, the chance initially came after Zach Kibirige scored five meters from his line.
Dan Frost saw that his attempt to break away had hit François Hugoard’s earlier run, but when the game slipped away, Hoppert dug back from the back of the jetty to reach the podium in the final five minutes.
Wasps intensified the heat, but were eliminated by forgeries and errors, as their hopes for silver ended in disappointment.
Wasps head coach Lee Blackett told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:
“The more times we hit 22 of them, we needed to score more points because I thought we controlled the position on the field pretty well.
“Then we made too many mistakes in the air and eventually lost our position on the field and it just allowed them to come into play.
“You face a team that plays very well in the top 14 and is doing well in Europe and you are very disappointed because you felt that for much of the game we were the best team.
“Sometimes you can take it when you feel like you’ve been beaten by the best side, but without respect for Lyon, I think everyone who watches this will say we controlled most of this game – we just didn’t get rewarded if we were down there. ”
Lyon: Arnold; Tuisava, Barasi, Ngatai, Niniashvili; Berdeu, Couilloud; C Taafifenua, Marshan, Bamba, Kpoku, R. Taafifenua, Cretin, Saginadze, Sobela (Cap.).
Replacements: Sharkoset, Ray, Cadella, Mayanovanoua, Gujon, Dussen, Lambi, Minho.
wasps: Umaga; Hugaard, Fekitoa, Hopert, Basset; Atkinson, Robson; West, Ogre, Hello, Lunchbury (Capital), Stoke, Shields, J. Willis, Barberry.
Replacements: Frost, Harris, Millar Mills, Gaskell, T. Willis, Porter, Spink, Kibirige.
Judge: Frank Murphy (Ireland)