Clermont Auvergne’s defeat at Castres on Saturday gave Toulouse the chance to replace them at the summit and the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finalists grasped their opportunity at Stade Ernest-Wallon.
Matthieu Ugalde twice put Grenoble in front from the tee, but Toulouse led 12-6 at the break after a converted Mathis Lebel’s score added to Guitoune’s opening try.
Ugalde was on target with a third penalty early in the second half before the home side clicked into gear, Guitoune and Clement Castets going over in a decisive six-minute spell.
Zack Holmes converted both scores and was also on target with a penalty, with Mike Tadjer scoring struggling Grenoble’s only try right at the end as Toulouse secured a bonus-point win to go two clear at the top.
Toulon looked to be heading for a 10th defeat of a poor Top 14 season before producing a stunning late rally to defeat Stade 33-30 in a thriller.
The three-time European champions came roaring back in the closing stages, Louis Carbonel touching down three minutes from time and Filipo Nakosi scoring his second of a pulsating match at Stade Mayol to leave Heyneke Meyer’s men shell-shocked.
Nicolas Sanchez scored 15 points and there was a try in each half for Hendre Stassen, but Stade slumped to a loss which leaves them in sixth spot.
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