Planet Rugby

Grenoble shock Toulon

20th April 2013 21:39

Share:

Grenoble s French fly half Jonathan Pelissie v Toulon

Try at the death: Grenoble fly-half Jonathan Pelissie

Grenoble fought back from 18 points down to claim a shock 25-24 victory over Top 14 heavyweights Toulon at the Stade des Alpes on Saturday.

The results sees Toulon relinquish the championship lead to Clermont with one round left to play although the leading duo have both already qualified for the semi-finals.

Toulon led 21-6 at half time and 24-6 early in the second half before succumbing to an almighty comeback from the hosts, who hadn't won a game since mid-February.

It ended in the most dramatic fashion possible as replacement fly-half Valentin Courrent converted scrum-half Jonathan Pelissie's try after the final hooter.

Toulon were cruising after tries from Georgian prop Levan Chilachava, Samoan wing David Smith and Kiwi centre Rudi Wulf had the Heineken Cup semi-finalists well in control.

RCT took the foot of the gas and an intercept try from Grenoble wing Florian Ninard had the jam-packed stadium on its feet.

The hosts struck again after Toulon prop Xavier Chiocci was sent to the sin bin and the home pack rumbled over after an attacking line-out.

With their tails up, it was all Grenoble in the finals stages and Pelissie's try on the stroke of full time set up a fairytale ending for last season's Pro D2 champions, who have enjoyed an impressive first season in the top division.

The scorers:

For Grenoble:
Tries: Ninard, Hegarty, Pelissie
Cons: Pelissie, Courrent
Pens: Pelissie 6

For Toulon:
Tries: Chilachiva, Smith, Wulf
Cons: Giteau 3
Pen: Giteau
Yellow card: Chilachiva, Chiocci

Grenoble: 15 Fabien Gengenbacher, 14 Lucas Dupont, 13 Aloisio Butonidualevu, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Florian Ninard, 10 Blair Stewart, 9 Jonathan Pelissie, 8 Shaun Sowerby, 7 Jonathan Best, 6 Roland Bernard, 5 Andrew Farley, 4 Benjamin Hand, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Vincent Campo castillo, 1 Albertus Buckle.
Replacements: 16 Gregory Fabro, 17 Anthony Hegarty, 18 Cyril Veyret, 19 Geoffrey Nouhaillaguet, 20 Rida Jaouher, 21 Joaquin Tuculet, 22 Valentin Courrent, 23 Feliuaki Taukeiaho.

Toulon: 15 Benjamin Lapeyre, 14 Vincent Martin, 13 Rudi Wulf, 12 Geoffroy Messina, 11 David Smith, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Nicolas Durand, 8 Joe van Niekerk, 7 Pierrick Gunther, 6 Virgile Bruni, 5 Jocelino Suta, 4 Simon Shaw, 3 Levan Chilachava, 2 Sebastien Bruno, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements: 16 Mickael Ivaldi, 17 Xavier Chiocci, 18 Nicholas Kennedy, 19 Konstantine Mikautadze, 20 Juan martin Fernandez lobbe, 21 Delon Armitage, 22 Sebastien Tillous Borde, 23 Davit Kubriashvili.

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
Sunday , April 27
Toulon vs Munster15:30
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
Sunday , April 27
Wasps vs Bath13:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Cardiff Blues 17 - 13 ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 10 - 20 Ospreys
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058