PARIS (AFP) -Stade Francais took over the leadership of the French Top 14 on Friday with a five-try 43-30 victory at Grenoble who surrendered their unbeaten home record.
Fiji winger Waisea Nayacalevu grabbed two of Stade’s tries to take his season total to seven with Julien Arias, Jonathan Danty and flanker Antoine Burban marking his return after three months out with injury with the other tries.
The win, Stade’s third on the road this season, took the Paris giants two points clear of champions Toulon who take on Lyon on Saturday.
However, their hopes of crowning Friday’s win with a bonus point were shattered in the last minute when Grenoble were awarded a penalty try to add to earlier scores from Florian Faure and Alipate Ratini.
Ratini’s try was his 10th of the season, confirming the Fijian’s status as the league’s leading try scorer.
“I am very satisfied because Grenoble were undefeated here and that wasn’t for nothing,” said Stade coach Gonzalo Quesada.
“It’s a fine victory, we showed character and sacrifice. It’s a success that makes me very proud as a coach.”
On Saturday, French and European champions Toulon return to Top 14 duty missing a host of international stars and bristling with resentment over a 12-week ban handed out to full-back Delon Armitage.