Wales exile suffers agonising play-off final defeat amid crazy post-match scenes

-Credit: (Image: Canal+)
-Credit: (Image: Canal+)


Sam Davies' Grenoble fell short in the French Pro D2 play-off final in Toulouse losing out to Vannes 16-9 in a fiercely contested affair.

The former Wales outside-half, who arrived in France from the Dragons last summer, kicked all nine of his side's points but it wasn't enough to stop Vannes winning promotion to the Top 14. But Davies' hopes of playing in the top flight of French rugby next season aren't over yet, with Grenoble set to face Montpellier, who finished 13th in the Top 14, in a promotion/relegation play-off.

A try from Romaric Camou along with 11 points from the boot Maxime Lafage was enough to get Vannes over the line. Davies' boot kept Grenoble in the game as they lay siege to the Vannes try line in the final stages of a tense affair.

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Grenoble very nearly broke through to force extra-time twice, once when they were held up over the try line, while they also butchered an overlap late on.

Full time saw fans swarm the pitch in Toulouse, with Vannes supporters in tears.

Davies' side now face a big ask against a star-studded Montpellier side who will be heavy favourites to beat Grenoble.

As it stands Davies will be in good company in the Pro D2 next season, with Wales legend George North and tighthead Tomas Francis joining Provence Rugby, a side who Grenoble beat last weekend.