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Challenge Cup: Round Two Match Facts

16/12/2021

Dragons face Lyon in Round Two of the European Challenge Cup this Friday night at Rodney Parade - here are all the mach facts ahead of the big game. 

  • The Dragons and Lyon have never met in Europe before, Lyon will be the 34th different side that the Dragons have faced Europe and the 12th different side from France.
  • The Dragons have won 10 of their 12 home games against TOP 14 sides in the EPCR Challenge Cup (L2), scoring 30+ points in eight of those games and conceding as many points only once in that run.
  • Lyon have only won three of their 12 away games in the Challenge Cup (L9), losing each of the most recent five; they lost their two previous trips to Wales in the competition, both in 2017 (against the Ospreys and Cardiff).
  • Lyon made 16 successful offloads during the first round of the Challenge Cup 2021/22, no other team made more than 10, while only Edinburgh (1) made fewer offloads than Dragons (4); individually, Lyon’s Davit Niniashvili made six offloads, twice as many as any other player.
  • Taine Basham (Dragons) beat 11 defenders in the EPCR Challenge Cup last weekend, more than any other player during the opening round; no Lyon player beat more than three defenders in Round 1 (Killian Geraci, 3).

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