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Champs Toulouse lose 2nd straight

AFPPARIS (AFP-Jiji) — French Top 14 champions Toulouse lost for a second straight weekend as they were beaten 22-12 by last year’s losing semi-finalists Lyon on Sunday.

The record 20-time league winners, without 13 players away on Rugby World Cup duty, continued the sluggish form they showed in their opening round defeat to Bordeaux-Begles with a disappointing display against 14 men for the final 20 minutes.

Lyon fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski scored 14 points in a perfect display from the boot for the hosts who are without the likes of France lock Felix Lambey and Fiji winger Josua Tuisova due to the Japan tournament, which begins on September 20.

“Loann Goujon’s red card could have cost us the game. We’re good where we are but we still have work to do to stop the opposition from developing their game,” Lyon head coach Pierre Mignoni said.

“A few years ago, we maybe would have slipped up and we wouldn’t have won the match,” he added.

Toulouse host Racing 92 next weekend in their first home match of the campaign after winning the French title in Paris in June and former France international Mathieu Bastareaud returns to Toulon with Lyon.

Wisniewski slotted the first of his four penalty goals on four minutes after Xavier Mignot’s try had been ruled out by the television match official.

The home side stretched their lead to 10-0 three minutes later as France winger Noa Nakataici crossed in the corner and Wisniewski added the extras.

Zack Holmes claimed Toulouse’s first points of proceedings with a penalty on the 18-minute mark.

Australian Holmes and 34-year-old Wisniewski then traded further penalty kicks in humid conditions and Lyon led 13-6 at the break.

The pair of fly-halves then repeated their first half efforts as the hosts held a 16-9 advantage with 20 minutes to go.

Lyon were down to 14 men shortly after as substitute Goujon was shown a red card for stamping on Scotland lock Richie Gray.Speech

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