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Saturday 4th March 17:30 GMT

 

Grenoble have looked like a club doomed to relegation for much of the season, beset by financial problems off the pitch, which have had a knock on effect to matters on the pitch itself. Yet, they have just about managed to stay almost within touching distance of safety for much of the campaign. They are currently sitting bottom but one in the table with 23 points, leaving them 10 points adrift of the club immediately above them Lyon. On Saturday Grenoble will welcome the reigning Top 14 Orange Champions, Racing 92 to their Stade des Alpes home in Grenoble, desperate to add to the four victories that they have managed in front of their own fans this season.

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However, they will face a side that is desperate to add to its solitary away win in the Top 14 this season, which came at bottom side Bayonne in late October, as they seek to climb into the top six on the ladder, and secure the chance to defend their title in the knockout phase of the tournament. Racing Metro are in seventh position ahead of Round 19 this weekend, but are just a single point outside the vital top six, and are in fact only five points behind third placed Montpellier.

Posted: 20th February 2016

 

Grenoble find themselves in the no man's land of ninth position in the Top 14 table, having won six of their 13 fixtures in the first half of the season. They have accumulated a total of 28 points, which puts them 14 points ahead of their neighbours from the Alps, Oyonnax, who occupy the second relegation spot, but also leaves them eight points outside the play-off positions.

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On Saturday, the Alpine based club welcome top of the table Racing Metro to the Stade des Alpes, looking to become just the third team to defeat the Parisians in this season's tournament. Racing are unbeaten since Round 8, when they lost at Castres by 8-34. Since that loss, they have won four and drawn one of the five fixtures that they have played. The clubs met in Round 4 earlier this season, with Racing taking the spoils with a 23-14 victory. Saturday will see a contest of different styles of play. Grenoble have managed to cross their opponents line 33 times in 13 games, a total only bettered by Toulon and Toulouse. While Racing have conceded a mere 16 tries, with only Brive who have conceded 15, having a better defensive record.

Posted: 27th September 2014

It is the turn of the Parisians of Racing Metro to enter the Alpine lair of Grenoble, that is the Stade des Alpes, on Saturday in Round 7 of this season's Top 14 Orange tournament. Last weekend Bayonne were the latest side to visit Grenoble, and to suffer defeat, the third club to do so this season. A victory that helped lift the team from the Alps rise to seventh place on the table. With such poor away form, they have lost all three fixtures on the road in the current campaign, Grenoble will need to keep recording home successes to either maintain a challenge for a top six, and therefore play-off spot, and also to ensure that they stay clear of an end of season relegation battle.

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Racing are currently two places but just one point ahead of their hosts on Saturday, but with an away win to put alongside three home victories, their lack of ability to claim bonus points, however, is certainly hindering their progress up the table. If Racing can produce as impressive a display up front as they did against Toulouse in last week's 27-16 win, then they may give the hosts their most severe test on home soil this season.


Tags: Grenoble, Top 14 Orange, Stade des Alpes, Racing Metro
Posted: 4th March 2017


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