Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Biarritz hosted Bayonne in a Top 14 derby match at Estadio Anoeta, San Sebastien in Spain this past weekend. The match was as expected, highly physical and confrontational, with Biarritz winning 12-6.
The match was without tries, but still delivered in terms of intensity and entertainment, despite being much of a forward based battle.
It was 6-6 at halftime, with Valentine Courrent and Benjamin Arrayet exchanging penalties before Bayonne attempted to spread the all in the second period.
Australian Rodney Rodzilla Blake received a yellow card for his part in an altercation, but it was Samoan lock Jordan Pelu Taele-Pavihi who had a moment of madness early in the second half, as he attempted to behead Pepito Elhorga.
Elhorga cut inside at full tilt before the huge Samoan stuck a massive forearm out that effectively clothes-lined the Bayonne winger.
Taele-Pavihi had been warned earlier in the match after a hit on Craig Gower, so was given a straight red by the referee for this dangerous high shot.
Biarrtiz played the last half hour with fourteen men, but still came out on top thanks for another two penalties by Courrent.
When asked earlier today about the incident, Taele was regretful.
"It wasnt a good tackle. I'm quite disappointed at myself but cant do anything about it!"
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