Thursday 8 December 2016

Grenoble revive play-off hopes

European Watch

John Fallon

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman Photo: Sportsfile
Grenoble head coach Bernard Jackman Photo: Sportsfile

Grenoble gave their relegation worries a big boost when they won away to bottom of the table Agen and revived their hopes of making the play-offs.

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Their 33-27 win moved them on to 23 points in tenth place, well clear of their opponents who are bottom with ten points, with Oyonnax in the other relegation spot on 14 points.

Grenoble are now nine points adrift of Brive, who are on 32 points in the final play-off spot in sixth place. The next round of games next weekend will mark the halfway point in the Top 14.

Bernard Jackman's men laid the foundation for their victory last weekend in a good opening half display when tries from former Springbok Gio Aplon and hooker Arnaud Heguy helped them open a 23-8 lead.

By then the two sides were down to 14 men: Remi Vaquin of Agen and Grenoble's Tongan prop Sona Taumalolo were sent off after a fight broke out.

Grenoble had to withstand a fightback from the basement side but a try from winger Lucas Dupont saw them secure their fifth win of the campaign.

There are no games in France this weekend and Grenoble will resume their Top 14 campaign when they host leaders Racing 92 tomorrow week. Ronan O'Gara's side are level on points with Toulouse and Clermont Auvergne at the top of the table.

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