Toulon and Grenoble share the spoils

Date published: March 19 2017

Grenoble scored a last-minute try to draw with Toulon 23-23 at Stade des Alpes on Sunday.

Grenoble made Toulon sweat in the final moments after a last minute surge but their discipline let them down after giving Toulon fly-half Pierre Bernard too many opportunities to kick at goal otherwise they could have won. Grenoble scored a last-minute try through Henry Vanderglas to grab the draw from the jaws of defeat.

The two points don't do much for Grenoble as they are still in the relegation zone on 27 points and to make it out they would have to catch Stade Français who are on 40 points. The draw is far more useful for Toulon as they jump to fourth on the table from sixth.

Toulon scored the first try of the match when lock Romain Taofifenua charged over to grab a five pointer. Fly-half Pierre Bernard scored the extras and the away side were up 7-0, 10 minutes in.

The game went fairly quiet after that as both sides struggled to get momentum flowing but Toulon would be the ones to break the silence as prop Laurent DelBoulbes scored the second try of the game.

He scored after a great break from Toulon that saw the big number one receive the ball in space and beating some much faster men to the line. Bernard was on song once again and scored the conversion before nabbing a penalty and making the score 17-0.

Grenoble's hopes were further hurt after flanker Fabien Alexandre was yellow carded four minutes afterwards. Despite being a man down the home side were able to score a try through replacement Maritino Nemani to make the score line 17-7 after fly-half Jonathan Wisniewski added the extras on the half-time buzzer.

The home side scored the first points of the second half after Wisniewski made the score 17-10 in the 49th minute. Moments later Bernard cancelled out Wisniewski's penalty with a three pointer of his own. But Wisniewski would make it a seven-point game once again after getting an opportunity directly in front of the posts.

Grenoble were encouraged after former Reds flanker Liam Gill was yellow carded for trying to kick the ball out of the scrum-half's hands at the ruck, which the referee deemed cynical play and sent Gill to the side of the field to cool off.

The number 10s then traded penalties which made the score 23-16 after both were successful, Grenoble then copped a yellow card as Laurent Bouchet was sent off. Toulon breathed a sigh of relief as it looked like the win was in the bag.

Despite the yellow cards Grenoble pulled off a great attacking move to break Toulon's line. It was a two-on-one and Vanderglas received it and simply cantered over the line to make it a two-point game. Wisniewski's radar was good and slotted the score-equaling kick, to claim a fantastic draw.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Vanderglas, Nemani
Cons: Wisniewski 2
Pens: Wisniewski 3
Yellow Cards: Bouchet, Alexandre

For Toulon:
Taofifenua, DelBoulbes
Cons: Bernard 2
Pens: Bernard 3
Yellow Card: Gill

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Fabrice Estebanez, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Edward Sawailau, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Rory Grice, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Aly Muldowney, 5 Mathias Marie, 4 Hendrik Roodt, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Laurent Bouchet, 17 Dylan Jacquot, 18 Thomas Jolmes, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 Lilian Saseras, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Maritino Nemani, 23 Ali Oz

Toulon: 15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Axel Muler, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Pierre Bernard, 9 Eric Escande, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Samu Manoa, 5 Romain Taofifenua, 4 Juandre Kruger, 3 Marcel Van der Merwe, 2 Anthony Etrillard, 1 Laurent DelBoulbes
Replacements: 16 Shalva Mamukashvili, 17 Florian Fresia, 18 Swan Rebbadj, 19 Jocelino Suta, 20 Ben Barba, 21 Anthony Belleau, 22 Sebastien Tillous-Borde, 23 Levan Chilachava

Referee: Adrien Descottes
Assistant Referees: Ludovic Cayre, Akim Hadj Bachir
TMO: Arnaud Blondel