Grenoble picked up their first win of the Top 14 season on Sunday as they beat Brive 36-23 in a contest that saw three players red carded.
Sona Taumalolo and Nigel Hunt of Grenoble and Brive prop Damien Jourdain were given their marching orders for fighting at Stade des Alpes.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, the hosts came out on top as scores from Taumalolo, Charl McLeod and Armand Batlle saw them prevail.
In reply, Brive’s try scorers were Benjamin Lapeyre and Karlen Asieshvili as the visitors succumbed to their first defeat of the new campaign.
It looked as though nothing would separate the sides sitting at either end of the table at the halfway point, as a try, conversion and two penalties apiece meant it was 13-13, with loosehead prop Taumalolo scoring for the hosts on 21 minutes after Lapeyre had crossed on 16 minutes.
But then a score from scrum-half McLeod, which was converted by Jonathan Wisniewski, pushed Grenoble into a welcome 20-13 advantage at the break. However the half-time siren came seconds after a brawl which led to Taumalolo, Hunt and Jourdain being issued with red cards.
After cooling off in the dressing rooms the second-half began with Wisniewski and Germain trading penalties to make it 23-16 on 46 minutes.
Wisniewski extended that lead to 10 points on 56 minutes but when Asieshvili went over for a try, converted by Germain, it was then 26-23.
Grenoble, down to 13 men due to their two red cards, would have been pleased to witness Brive lock Julien Ledevedec shown a yellow card on the hour mark and it soon resulted in points for the home side as wing Batlle crossed. Wisniewski made it 33-23 off the tee on 65 minutes.
And despite replacement prop Ali Oz being shown his own yellow card on 73 minutes, Grenoble closed out a fiery game with a Gilles Bosch penalty to pick up a priceless first victory of the Top 14 season.
Tries: Taumalolo, McLeod, Batlle
Cons: Wisniewski 3
Pens: Wisniewski 4, Bosch
Yellow Card: Oz (73 mins)
Red Cards: Hunt, Taumalolo (both 40 mins)
Tries: Lapeyre, Asieshvili
Cons: Germain 2
Pens: Germain 3
Yellow Cards: Ledevedec (60 mins), Buys (79 mins)
Red Card: Jordain (40 mins)
Grenoble: 15 Clement Gelin, 14 Edward Sawailau, 13 Chris Farrell, 12 Nigel Hunt, 11 Armand Batlle, 10 Jonathan Wisniewski, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Fabien Alexandre, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Aly Muldowney, 4 Mathias Marie, 3 Rossouw De Klerk, 2 Laurent Bouchet, 1 Sona Taumalolo
Replacements: 16 Loick Jammes, 17 Denis Coulson, 18 Dylan Hayes, 19 Henry Vanderglas, 20 David Mele, 21 Gilles Bosch, 22 Lilian Saseras, 23 Ali Oz
Brive: 15 Gaetan Germain, 14 Benjamin Lapeyre, 13 Arnaud Mignardi, 12 Seremaia Burotu, 11 Benito Masilevu, 10 Matthieu Ugalde, 9 Teddy Iribaren, 8 Fabien Sanconnie, 7 Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 6 Said Hireche, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Julien Ledevedec, 3 Kevin Buys, 2 Francois Da Ros, 1 Lucas Pointud
Replacements: 16 Guillaume Ribes, 17 Karlen Asieshvili, 18 Arnaud Mela, 19 Petrus Gherardus Hauman, 20 Vasil Lobzhanidze, 21 Thomas Laranjeira, 22 Sevenaia Galala, 23 Damien Jourdain
Referee: Sébastien Minery