Fiji winger Josua Tuisova scored twice as Lyon beat 14-man Clermont 41-30 at home to move fifth in the French Top 14 on Saturday.
Tuisova’s efforts came either side of the break as the Olympic gold medalist made his first start for a month after being sidelined with a calf injury.
The visitors, who had flanker Judicael Cancoriet sent off just before half-time, left Stade Gerland empty-handed and stay in fourth, eight points behind leaders Toulouse who play Racing later on Saturday.
Lyon climb to fifth, three points behind Clermont and three ahead of sixth-placed Bordeaux-Begles whose scheduled match against Montpellier on Sunday was called off because of a new positive Covid test within the Bordeaux squad.
The home side led 10-7 after a quarter of an hour with Xavier Mignot’s try and Jean-Marc Doussain’s penalty cancelling out Clermont’s early try from Tuisova’s international team-mate Peceli Yato.
Tuisova’s first effort came after 20 minutes as he broke through five defenders in a break started on the halfway line.
Just before the interval Cancoriet was sent off for elbowing Doussain while carrying the ball.
With 20 minutes left Clermont, who announced this week that La Rochelle’s Jono Gibbes will return as head coach next season, seemed to be invigorated by the red card and led 23-20.
Morgan Parra and Doussain traded penalties before ex-All Blacks centre George Moala dotted down.
The lead changed three times before the 75-minute mark and France scrum-half Baptiste Couilloud made the most of a dominant Lyon maul to make it 34-30 with Doussain’s conversion.
Tuisova’s second try, and his 12th of the campaign, came with the clock in the red as the home side made the most of Clermont’s attempt to run the ball from their own half.
Later, there are just two league games to be played with four matches postponed due to Covid-19 cases among squads.
Les Bleus Centre Gael Fickou is expected to make his Racing 92 debut of the bench at Toulouse, who welcome Bordeaux-Begles in the European Champions Cup semi-final next weekend.
Play-off chasing Stade Francais host relegation-threatened Pau.
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