Friday 20 April 2018

Grenoble ramp up play-off push

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

John Fallon

Grenoble warmed-up for their clash with Connacht with an impressive 27-20 away to Oyonnax at the weekend.

The victory, their second in a row after beating La Rochelle 39-23 the previous weekend, took Grenoble up to eighth in the table.

It rekindles their hopes of a knockout place - they are now just seven points off Toulouse, who are in the final play-off spot in sixth with six games left in the Top 14.

The win brings Grenoble's points tally to 46, with ten wins and as many losses from their 20 outings in the Top 14. But the win over Oyonnax is likely to be remembered for the reaction of Oyonnax full-back Silvere Tian rather than anything else when he was pinged for a ruck infringement in the closing stages of the match.

The Ivory Coast native was incensed with a yellow card, which Romain Poite then promptly upgraded to red, and at the end of the match, players and officials had to keep the livid Tian from having a go at the referee as he left the pitch.

Grenoble trailed 15-11 at the break with scrum-half Charlie McLeod getting their opening try. Gilles Bosch got the first three kicks for Grenoble and then Jonathan Wisniewski got a couple of penalties to get them level after Tian was sent off. Former Oyonnax back-rower Mahamadou Diaby then got over for the winning try two minutes from the end, with Wisniewski converting.

Irish Independent

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