Leinster Rugby retained top spot in Heineken Champions Cup Pool 1, ahead of Northampton Saints on points difference, after a 6-13 win over Lyon at Matmut Stadium de Gerland on Saturday.

Max Deegan scored the game’s only try in the 21st-minute after Johnny Sexton had given Leinster a three-point lead with an 8th-minute penalty.

Lyon controlled the closing stages of the first half but, despite going down to 14 men after a yellow card for Jordan Larmour, Leinster kept the Top 14 leaders out to lead 10-0 at half-time.

Defences dominated for the rest of the contest with two Jonathan Wisniewski penalties either side of a Sexton effort the only scores of the second half as Leinster claimed a valuable away win on French soil.

Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for Leinster Rugby’s massive Champions Cup clash with Northampton Saints at Aviva Stadium on 14 December! Get tickets now from €25.

Leinster v Northampton Saints