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Berdeu’s boot ensures Lyon hold off Wasps to reach Challenge Cup final

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For a while it seemed Wasps were heading for a European final for the first time in 15 years. Ultimately it was not to be but the Premiership’s ninth-placed club pushed Lyon right to the wire moments before the hosts could secure their place in the Challenge Cup finale in Marseille on Friday week.

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With under half an hour to go Wasps were ahead 11-10 thanks to Jimmy Gopperth’s second penalty of the game but a converted try for the 20-year-old replacement hooker Yanis Charcosset and 15 points from fly-half Leo Berdeu, the top scorer in this season’s French Top 14, proved just enough to propel Lyon to the first European final in their history.

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