Tuesday 12 December 2017

Grenoble win away to champs

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

John Fallon

Grenoble produced a superb second-half display to oust champions Stade Francais 33-18 in their own backyard in Paris.

It was their third away win of the campaign and while they remain in ninth place in the table, they are just eight points adrift of Montpellier in the final play-off spot in sixth.

The victory also maintains the good run of form which has now seen them win seven of their last nine games since December, four of which were in Europe.

They led 16-11 at half-time against the champions at the weekend with former Ulster centre Chris Farrell getting their opening try.

Laurent Panis hit back for a converted try for Stade shortly after the restart but Bernard Jackman's men got it together to produce a storming finish.

Jackman must have been pleased to see his hooker Arnaud Heguy get over for a brace of tries to push them ahead in the final quarter.

And flanker Rory Grice from New Zealand wrapped up the issue in the closing stages with Grenoble's fourth try. It was Grenoble's third away win in the competition and their second in a row, having defeated Agen 33-27 at the end of January and having also scored a 31-23 triumph in Castres in October.

This evening they host Clermont Auvergne at Stade des Alpes where they will hope to gain revenge for a 25-6 loss earlier this season.

Irish Independent

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