Bordeaux hold off battling Grenoble


Bordeaux-Begles strengthened their claim for a Top 14 play-off berth with a 20-14 victory over Grenoble on Friday.

Raphael Ibanez's men came into the 23rd round of fixtures one place outside the top six, but turned up the pressure on their closest rivals to pick up a result this weekend.

Bordeaux scored 10 unanswered points during the first half at Stade des Alpes, with Adam Ashley-Cooper crossing for the only try of the opening period and Simon Hickey kicking the rest.

Sofiane Guitoune went over after the interval as Bordeaux stretched their lead to 17-0, but Grenoble showed their battling qualities in a late fightback.

Indeed, it was Armand Batlle who led the charge, scoring two tries for the hosts, and Gilles Bosch's conversions reduced the deficit to just three points.

However, Pierre Bernard split the posts with a penalty in the closing stages to make sure of the win that sends Bordaux fifth, denying Grenoble a losing bonus point.