A SECOND half onslaught saw Limoux Grizzlies earn their place in the 2015-16 French Federation of Rugby League Lord Derby Cup final.
The Grizzlies scored 30 points to turn around an 18-12 half-time deficit and run out 42-22 winners over Lezignan Sangliers in the FFR XIII Cup semi-final at Stade Domec, Carcassonne on Sunday.
Limoux will take on St Esteve Catalans Dragons in the Lord Derby Cup final on April 16-17 final after the Dragons proved too strong for Albi Tigers in their semi-final, winning 48-16 at Toulouse on Sunday afternoon.
Despite losing captain and chief playmaker Mickael Murcia shortly before half-time, Limoux’s attack never faltered during the second stanza.
Murcia suffered a lower leg injury in a high tackle by centre Cyril Stacul, whose effort reduced his team to 12 men either side of the break.
Limoux opened the scoring in the 5th minute when xxx capitalised on a spilt cross field kick before Lezignan tied the scores at 4-4 with consecutive penalty goals.
Lezignan took the lead when Guy Williams crashed over in the right corner before half Maxime Benausse added the extras to take the scores to 10-4.
Limoux second rower Valentin Dominguez scored to the left of the posts on the back of three consecutive sets attacking Lezignan’s tryline and Murcia made no mistake with the conversion to level the score.
Speedster Damien Cardace latched onto a loose ball and dashed 100m to score a couple minutes before half-time to ensure Lezignan headed into half-time with a 16-10 lead.
But it was all one-way traffic in the second half as Limoux scored five tries to Lezignan’s one to earn their place in the Lord Derby Cup final.