Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Biarritz continues to impress in the Heineken Cup as they beat the Newport-Gwent Dragons for a second time, cementing their place at the top of pool 2 of the tournament.
It was a weekend of crazy weather conditions, leading to the match being moved to Parc-y-Scarlets, after the Friday fixture was postponed due to a frozen pitch at Rodney Parade.
The Dragons were unable to make the first half pressure count, as they eventually went down 26-8 to the French side who had Man of the Match Dimitri Yachvili firing on all cylinders.
The scrumhalf contributed all but three of his sides points, scoring two tries and kicking his goal kicks with ease. Richard Fussell scored a nice try for the Dragons after an intercept and neat kick ahead by flanker Joe Bearman.
Aled Brew was sin-binned for taking fullback Nicolas Brusque out in the air in the second half, while Damien Traille slotted a dropgoal a short while later. Yachvilli scored one try from a short lineout move, then another following an intercept.
Dragons coach Paul Turner admitted that Biarritz deserved the win.
"The most disappointing aspect was that we didn't produce the sort of performances that we showed earlier in the season. Our accuracy was not there, our skill level was poor and we didn't look like a team.
"It was disappointing to have to leave Rodney Parade because we were really looking forward to getting them on our home patch and putting some pressure on them, he added.
"But they played a very tight game, they got their fringe game going and disappointingly we get sucked into playing the same way. Then Dimitri Yachvili did the rest."