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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yachvili leads Biarritz to strong win over the Dragons

Yachvili leads Biarritz to strong win over the Dragons

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."


Time: 05:09

Posted at 2:19 pm | 21 comments

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Scotsdale December 23, 2009 2:09 pm

Yachvilli seems to be one of those players who can fill in anywhere in the backline. Will be be playing for France in the six nations?

Thanks for the highlights. That Fussill try was good too

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Chris Boy December 23, 2009 2:31 pm

how come there's so few people at the ground?

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Anonymous December 23, 2009 2:42 pm

He might as dupuy is counting the weeks and the others are not in so good shape!

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Greiffel December 23, 2009 2:46 pm

The match was moved due to a frozen pitch at Rodney Parade, so it wasn't their home ground.

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Anonymous December 23, 2009 3:05 pm

Yachvili is class. Once they get Harinordoquy back Biarritz are going to be title contenders for the HEC this year.

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Chris December 23, 2009 3:24 pm

What a great try by Fussill. And it must be a kick in the teeth for Dragons to play in a stadium with "West is best" written in the stands haha

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geordie December 23, 2009 4:02 pm

3 great trys

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Maximus December 23, 2009 4:12 pm

"The big question is: how can you change direction in the air when you haven't got your foot on the ground?"
No yellow card for me. Not even a penalty. Brusque ran into Brew imo and did a little hollywood.

Bearman's kick is real good. It seems to me that more and more flankers/8s use kicks today (another example coming to my mind is Bonnaire's excellent kick for Fall's try, France vs Samoa)

Go Biarritz! Go Yach! The more French competitive teams, the better.

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Anonymous December 23, 2009 5:18 pm

Biarritz v London Irish
Munster v Ospreys
Leinster v Stade Francais
Clermont v Toulouse

will be the quarter-final line-up I think.

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go support your damn December 23, 2009 5:49 pm

We have more people come to watch our University rugby games in CANADA than people going to watch a Heineken Cup game in Europe?! Pathetic, people need to start going out and supporting their teams, or games should get black-outs. It's poor show to have a game on tv with 30 people in the crowd, people will think rugby is a joke.

Hell, I've seen DARTS on tv with a bigger audience. Pathetic.

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Anonymous December 23, 2009 5:49 pm

^^^^

Four French teams in the quaters? have no idea about the standings atm, but this definately shows why their so strong internationally i guess...

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Anonymous December 23, 2009 5:53 pm

BAH, clermont is'nt gonna make it!!

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Mise December 23, 2009 9:41 pm

half of wales was frozen, too dangerous to drive anywhere, understandable thou amnnoying that it was half empty.

Too many matches are played in oversized no atmosphere stadiums in general.

Kicks and intercepts....yawn

I think its time to wish y'all a good winterval (!!!) and to say goodbye for a few days!

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Flooz December 23, 2009 10:08 pm

Biarritz will be the 1st qualified.
but they'll be really strong with the return of imanol harinordoquy.

It will be difficult for clermont but why not...

Favorites are munster, leinster, london irish and toulouse for me

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John F December 24, 2009 3:38 am

Shame that they had so few people there, but hey when the weather conditions are like that, getting the game played was good.

Biarritz should qualify from this pool, but it's been an easy ride with Gloucester, Glasgow and Newport all fairly unimpressive.

Their Top 14 form has been a bit mixed though. I will be interested to see how they do in the QFs.

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John F December 24, 2009 3:40 am

Flooz,

In a tough group like the Leinster, London Irish, Scarlets one, it is unlikely that both Leinster and LI will qualify. LI and Leinster both have three wins in four games but whichever side wins the clash between the two in Reading after Christmas is likely to qualify.

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Greiffel December 24, 2009 7:58 am

The official attendance btw was 672. The lowest for any Welsh hosted Heineken Cup match. The region made a huge loss financially too, having to pay the Scarlets for use of the stadium, reportedly around something like 100k.

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cheis December 24, 2009 11:24 am

Yachvili great player..

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Anonymous December 24, 2009 9:36 pm

Little D caught the vapors and went crazy!

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