Liquid rugby in one of the greatest 10 seconds of offloading ever
By Rugby Onslaught

Liquid rugby in one of the greatest 10 seconds of offloading ever

Although the Top 14 has the reputation of being a league full of enormous lumbering packs that trudge from ruck to ruck, it is changing very rapidly.

Ronan O’Gara’s KBA philosophy at La Rochelle of keeping the ball alive is spreading across the entire league, and now it leads the rest of Europe in that department. Then again, in a competition where some enormous units and packs still remain, offloading is the key to unlocking defences and injecting some tempo into the match.

Well in the final round of Top 14 action before the European rugby break, Lyon put on an offloading clinic against Pau at the Stade Gerland. In a sequence of play in the build up for a try for No8 Jordan Taufua, Lyon simply refused to let the ball die.

There were five offloads in the build up to this try, and as EK Rugby Analysis noted they were all different. Take a look:

Lyon went on to win the match 35-10, which is no surprise if this was the way they approached the game. The win left them in fifth place in the Top 14 table, although they are only actually one point behind second place Toulouse. Having said that, Toulouse have two games in hand over them, as do fourth place Montpellier.

Lyon were in European action this weekend, where they triumphed over fellow Top 14 outfit Perpignan 37-6 in the Challenge Cup. They face Benetton this Friday before a return to the Top 14, where they will face Perpignan again.

Line ups

15 Arnold
14 Tuisova
13 Regard
12 Ngatai
11 Niniashvili
10 Sopoaga
9 Pelissie
1 Rey
2 Marchand
3 Bamba
4 Geraci
5 Taofifenua
6 Lambey
7 Fainga’a
8 Taufua

16 Ivaldi
17 Taofifenua
18 Mayanavanua
19 Guillard
20 Rimet
21 Berdeu
22 Mignot
23 Kaabeche

15 Colombet
14 Barrett
13 Manu
12 Decron
11 Tuimaba
10 Hastoy
9 Levron
1 Calles
2 Delhommel
3 Corato
4 Ramsay
5 Puech
6 Habel-Kuffner
7 Whitelock
8 Joseph

16 Rey
17 Fisiihoi
18 Cummins
19 Delannoy
20 Hewat
21 Lebail
22 Dumoulin
23 Tokolahi