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venue: Stade Domec, Carcassonne

24th November 2010


T Cardace, Mendes-Varela, Robin, Bentley


D. Guasch 4/4

Full Match Report

The Great Britain Community Lions went down to a 24-6 defeat to France U25s in Carcassonne last night. Despite a tremendous effort from the Lions the French outfit – which contained several players with Super League experience – proved to be too strong.

The game was scoreless up until just before the half hour mark when Great Britain where penalised in front of their own posts, and despite many in attendance expecting them to take the two points on offer they decided to run the ball and were rewarded when quick handling gave centre Damien Cardace room to cross out wide for a score that was improved by David Guash.

That proved to be the only points until the final seconds of the half, before another French penalty was awarded and the reliable Guash was again on target to open up an 8-0 lead at the break. The second period was just eight minutes old when France increased their advantage and stand off Guash was again involved.

A clever kick from the man-of-the-match was pounced on by winger Carlos Mendes-Varela and as the extras were again added things were looking bleak for GB at 14-0 down. However, the Lions dug deep and with scrum half Tony Baker leading the side forward the side produced their best spell of play of the evening.

The efforts were eventually rewarded when Baker attacked the line before hitting his Ince Rose Bridge team mate Wayne Leyland with a great pass. Although there was still plenty of work to do the classy centre did it with ease and rounded a couple of tackles before touching down. Captain Jordan Precious slotted over the difficult conversion and the Lions were back in the contest. Despite another surge of effort that was as good as it got for the visitors and as the game entered its final quarter another great kick from Guash was collected by half back partner Stanilas Robin and he crossed the whitewash to re-open the 12 point gap.

With seven minutes left Precious was sent to the sin-bin and the hosts took full advantage to score the final points of the night as hooker Kane Bentley spotted a chink in the GB defence and touched down under the posts, leaving Guash with the simple act of tagging on the extras.

Pictured: David Guasch breaks through the British line.

Clement Soubeyras, Carlos Mendes-Varela, Damien Cardace, Mickael Tribillac, Quentin Nauroy, David Guash, Stanislas Robin, Mohamed Jamil, Kane Bentley, Andrew Bentley, Yoan Tisseyre, Kevin Larroyer, Florian Quintilla. Subs: Thibaut Ancely,  Julian Bouquet, Maxime Herold, Eloi Pelissier

Joseph Budd, Neil Wall, Colin Marangon, Wayne Leyland, Shaun Robinson, Ryan Smith, Tony Baker, David Dunwell, Gary Phillips, Anthony Gallear, Mark Holmes, Caldon Bravo, Jordan Precious. Subs: Tom Howley, Marc Donnelly, Andrew Lake,  Moulay Mehdi


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