Lyon's Felix Lambey grabs the ball during their French Top 14 match against Bordeaux, which Bordeaux won 19-10
Bordeaux (AFP) - Toulon were caught on the line as struggling Brive scored in the dying seconds Saturday, while Bordeaux, in their first game under English coach Rory Teague, smothered Lyon in the Top 14.
Entering the final seconds in Brive, Toulon, the losing Top 14 finalists last season, led by six points thanks to three penalties by Francois Trinh Duc and one by Anthony Belleau only for Benjamin Lapeyre to touch down the only try of the game.
Gaetan Germain then landed the conversion to give the home team a 13-12 victory.
Germain, who had come on for Arnaud Mignardi in the ninth minute, had also kicked two penalties for Brive who showed they are improving as they followed up a win over Montpellier to record two straight victories and increase the gap to the bottom two.
Three-time European champions Toulon, fifth in the table with only one away victory in the league, missed a chance to close in on the top four.
Earlier, in Bordeaux, the home team dispatched Lyon 19-10 in a cagey mid-table match that opened the 15th round of games.
Under new management – Jacques Brunel has left to coach the French national team – and faced with a largely toothless Lyon team, Bordeaux offered a minimalist brand of rugby with an emphasis on tactical kicking.
Mathieu Jalibert was again perfect with the boot as he kicked 14 points as Bordeaux rarely threatened but created few dangerous chances of their own until Marco Tauleigne made the breakthrough with their only try after 61 minutes.
Leading 19-3, Bordeaux were a little more adventurous but lacked the quality to add to their lead.
Lyon finally pierced the hermetic home defence in the dying moments with a try by Jean-Marcelin Buttin which saved a little honour.