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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Zee Ngwenya's great try for Biarritz against Ospreys

Zee Ngwenya's great try for Biarritz against Ospreys

Biarritz progressed to the Semi Finals of the Heineken Cup in a closely contested quarter final with Ospreys earlier today. The French, playing in San Sebastian, won the game 29-28 as a late drop kick from Dan Biggar went wide.

Ten points from the boot of Dimitri Yachvili, three drop goals from Damien Traille, and a try each from Zee Ngwenya and Iain Balshaw ultimately proved the difference for Biarritz in this fiercely contested and entertaining game in the Spanish sunshine.

Ospreys scored three tries of their own with Ryan Jones, Lee Byrne, and Nikki Walker all crossing to score while Biggar kicked 13 points. The match ended a bit controversially as it looked as though the ref had given a penalty to Ospreys, but instead ruled a knock on.

Ngwenya, the Zimbabwean born USA flyer, scored this sensational try as he gassed Mike Phillips and Shane Williams while it looked like both players were waiting for him to cut back inside. As weve seen before though, give Ngwenya space at your own peril.

Biarritzs narrow in now sets them up to play either that of Munster or Northampton, who are playing currently in their quarter final. Leinster already qualified for the semi finals as they beat Clermont last night, with the same scoreline as this match 29-28.

More highlights and clips will follow over the next few days. Please get in touch if youd like anything specific, or post a request on the forum.


Time: 01:19

Posted at 6:06 pm | 68 comments

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ME again April 10, 2010 4:59 pm

(potential first!!!!!!) Did you notice that Biarritz made two very obvious penalties after the 80 mins?

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Scotsdale April 10, 2010 4:59 pm

Speed to burn. Sorry Shane ma boy.

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ME again April 10, 2010 5:03 pm

and what a try! Now he scored against two Players of the Year (don't forget Habana)

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Benson April 10, 2010 5:19 pm

Tiny goose-step and one way to the tryline - straight! Awesome stuff

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mitch April 10, 2010 5:36 pm

Incredible pace, Shane is no slouch.

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Chris Boy April 10, 2010 5:41 pm

love seeing shane get mugged off.

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Ireland for WC 2011 April 10, 2010 5:44 pm

not bad!!!!!

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Teddy Bruckshot April 10, 2010 5:47 pm

Reminds me of Martin Offiah.

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 5:53 pm

All 3 of the quarter finals have been been crackers. Close, exciting and some exceptional rugby. Tomorrows game has a lot to live upto.

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US_Expat April 10, 2010 6:00 pm

Look forward to Zee, Clever, Wyles, MacDonald and the rest on our side in New Zealand next year!!!

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 6:30 pm

Does anyone know why they are playing in spain?

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 6:36 pm

one of the best individual try of the season!

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s myler April 10, 2010 7:01 pm

wow now you see him now you dont really showed that short little winger what ever his name is
is it me or is there something about r ogara that makes you just hate him

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WelshOsprey April 10, 2010 7:09 pm

An average try made to look better by a woeful williams tackle attempt.

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cheech April 10, 2010 7:12 pm

Booooom...... That guy has burners on him.

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Not a chance... two missed tackles and he burned past some sharp players. It was great to see a player back himself two on one and go on the short side. Great try.

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waka April 10, 2010 7:23 pm

holy shitttt. that was awesome

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 7:29 pm

Zee Ngwenya is an American hero (yes yes I know he's from Zimbabwe, but he's ours now!)

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albu April 10, 2010 7:34 pm

Vraiment fort!!!

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Kearney for tests April 10, 2010 7:36 pm

Ha, I love seeing Shane Williams' defence being shown up for what it is. And to the question about why they played in Spain, it's because Biarritz is in the Basque region, covering southwest France and northeast Spain, so they don't really see it as crossing the border. At least that's how I think it is.

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Ben April 10, 2010 7:52 pm

Biarritz play their big games in Spain because their stadium is not big enough for such occasions, and just like Kearney for tests said, Biarritz is in the Pays Basque which is a crossborder region that has a strong identity, and their own language, so for them it's quite the same to play in San Sebastian or in Biarritz.

Awesome try, and awesome game just like Leinster Clermont, with the same score (I wish Clermont scored that last dropgoal... They SO deserved it ! These guys are doomed !)

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ballmj April 10, 2010 8:10 pm

he shouldn't have even been on the pitch. purposefully knocking down a try scoring pass is a yellow card and a penalty not a scrum!

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Richard April 10, 2010 8:23 pm

brilliant try definate offside after 8- mins but terrible dropgoal

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cp85 April 10, 2010 8:34 pm

vroom vroom!

Made Williams look silly, loved it.

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Murrayland April 10, 2010 8:41 pm

First Habana, now shane williams..

Joe Rokocoko, Tuqiri look out!

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 10:51 pm

that must settle the question about who is the fastest man in world rugby

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Crosser April 10, 2010 10:52 pm

I get the impression BO were lucky today, or were Ospreys unlucky...

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kevdetoulouse April 10, 2010 11:08 pm

go on biarritz!

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Windows7 wasn't my i April 10, 2010 11:47 pm

Pretty ballsy by Zee to run down the sideline. Most wingers would have gone back inside.

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Not Anonymous April 10, 2010 11:49 pm

It's a shame that probably the most dangerous attacking teams (Clermont, Ospreys)are out of the competition due to lack of precision. This match reminds me of the first lions test with the match being won by the less talented team due to the other teams lack of finishing. Shame but ah well.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 12:05 am

...meh, id smoke passed him....i can run the 100 metres in 8 seconds.....its pretty easy, just wait until the stopwatch goes passed 99:99:99....

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pineapple April 11, 2010 12:05 am

"Pretty ballsy by Zee to run down the sideline. Most wingers would have gone back inside."

That's how he normally does it for Biarritz...he just blows past the defense, or he gets taken into touch - either way, he usually makes pretty good ground or, in some cases like this one, scores a try.

Great stuff!

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Ben April 11, 2010 12:06 am

get burned shane...

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Box April 11, 2010 1:32 am

The face on shane williams in the picutre for this post is hilarious. Looks like he's letting one rip or something.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 1:36 am

He let in a try. Can't defend.

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Sly April 11, 2010 1:40 am

Zee is actually pretty much a South African. He is like Tonderi Chavangha. (Meaning if the talent scouts spotted him he could be playing for one of the lower South African Super 14 clubs, Cheetahs - Lions etc.)

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 1:41 am

By letting in a try, I mean Zee let Ryan Jones over by running around in circles and not making a single tackle.

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Scott James April 11, 2010 1:44 am

Shane Williams did exactly what Habana did, watch again - standing start while Ngwenya is running full speed.

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Mike April 11, 2010 1:49 am

Why all the disrespect towards Williams? He's been a top player for years. I really don't understand it, he's scored against just about everyone...oh, wait...I see...

Anyway, another great game, a great try - Ospreys nearly as unlucky as Clermont were. All the quarters so far have been fantastic, with only my guys winning by more than a point!

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Reds April 11, 2010 1:50 am

AMAZING! that guy is quick, can't wait to see what he can do at the WC

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Den April 11, 2010 2:46 am

Murrayland said...
Joe Rokocoko, Tuqiri look out!

I know what you mean but I'm pretty sure Lote won't be too bothered over in the NRL.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 4:51 am

haha shane williams, wales' best player, got OWNED

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 4:55 am

Leinster highlights would be great!

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miner April 11, 2010 6:14 am

"he shouldn't have even been on the pitch. purposefully knocking down a try scoring pass is a yellow card and a penalty not a scrum!"

What a pathetic comment. Not every knock-on that occurs while trying to intercept is a deliberate knock-on. It wasn't as if it was open play like that Kurtley Beale knock-on the other week against the Sharks or a poor knee-jerk reaction like Leo Cullen against Munster (though I thought that was a bit harsh).

You really ought to learn to just appreciate a good try when it's scored, and this was a hell of a try.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 6:58 am

Is being played in San Sebastian (basque Donostia) because culturally and by language they belonged to the same country...despite now being separated by imposed borders. All of them are parts of the Basque country...old kindgdom of Navarre.
For biarritz is not like playing in Spain but in the basque "Spanish" zone of their own nation-less country.
Similar to Cataluna and Perpignan...which is being given money by the Catalan government.

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Jos GD April 11, 2010 7:28 am

"Why all the disrespect towards Williams?"

Mike, Williams is one of the greatest wingers of all time, but that disrespect has its origins in an arrogant attitude from him that was growing steadily over time... just my opinion

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 8:57 am

10''4 in 100 meters. Ngwenya is amazing. But the Biarritz's scrum is amazing to ?

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 9:55 am

what a H CUP 2010 !! Semi finale will be : Biarritz-Munster and Toulouse-Leinster

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Gareth April 11, 2010 10:23 am

"What a pathetic comment. Not every knock-on that occurs while trying to intercept is a deliberate knock-on. It wasn't as if it was open play like that Kurtley Beale knock-on the other week against the Sharks or a poor knee-jerk reaction like Leo Cullen against Munster (though I thought that was a bit harsh).

You really ought to learn to just appreciate a good try when it's scored, and this was a hell of a try."

You don't intercept many passes slapping the ball down though do you?

It was a great finish, pace to beat Phillips and to be honest, a great fend on Williams with the pace to beat Byrne and Williams to the line.

Great game of rugby that.

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vinniechan April 11, 2010 11:56 am

This is an example of sheer pace.
and thing is, you don't actually see a player running 80m in a straight line in rugby often.

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Westerner April 11, 2010 1:16 pm

Any chance of getting some highlights of the Connacht Bourgoin game at all. Cheers

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 2:59 pm

poor tackling

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 3:30 pm

If it's an attempt to intercept it's just a knock on. Ngwenya tried to intercept with one hand, he definitely meant to get it not to knock the ball down.In the same fashion the Toulon's winger was sin binned yesterday, he made a knock on as long as he was defending between the two players.

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felix April 11, 2010 5:52 pm

it's quite cool to see this against the clock - he catches the ball on 10.50 and is at the line on 11.00 so basically runs nearly the length of the pitch in 10 seconds... with boots and carrying a ball and with a little goose step in there too.... ELECTRIC!
I am a big fan of wingers like Ngwenya, Chavanga, Williams etc that have ridiculous ability with the ball in hand. the trouble is, they are an endagered species because they will all cost you as many (if not more) tries as they will create due to being poor on defence because of their size.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 5:58 pm

lol, one trick pony speedster scores and people have a go at Williams, just a quick look at Shane's career and he has the last laugh i think.

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Luxi April 11, 2010 7:27 pm

SPEEEEEEEEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
awesome try
great 1/4finals this year, with the first two very thrilling, and the others tight in the fisrt half but domination by winners in the second half

very good quality of rugby (20tries or so in 4games), considering its knock-out competition so we coulda had 4games of boring ping-pong-rugby

so to ppl arguing SH rugby is better, take a look at the highlights and think again

but we can all agree its quality rugby, and hope we watch the same style of play at thr RWC in NZ

Pilou Pilou , ALLER TOULON !!!

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eric April 11, 2010 7:27 pm

thats one fast motherf*cker

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Adam April 11, 2010 7:40 pm

Anonymous Luxi said...

SPEEEEEEEEED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
awesome try
great 1/4finals this year, with the first two very thrilling, and the others tight in the fisrt half but domination by winners in the second half

very good quality of rugby (20tries or so in 4games), considering its knock-out competition so we coulda had 4games of boring ping-pong-rugby

so to ppl arguing SH rugby is better, take a look at the highlights and think again

but we can all agree its quality rugby, and hope we watch the same style of play at thr RWC in NZ

Pilou Pilou , ALLER TOULON !!!

April 11, 2010 9:27 PM

Spot on, my thoughts exactly. I've been taking some time out to watch some S14 rugby, and to me, it's no different really to NH rugby...in my mind, the only real difference is that you see slightly less silly errors in S14, e.g. less knock-ons, basic handling errors, missed/forward passes etc. But otherwise, its the same, and as you said, the theory that close cup games descend into kick-fests was thrown out the window this weekend!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol, one trick pony speedster scores and people have a go at Williams, just a quick look at Shane's career and he has the last laugh i think.

Bit harsh I think. The guys on here joking about Williams are only doing so BECAUSE Williams is such a legendary player, to see a relative underdog (in career terms) like Ngwenya do him on the outside like that is pretty incredible. People aren't bagging Williams and saying he's rubbish, it's just good to see someone get one over on a legend. Take JSD's try against the Baa-Baas for England in 2002 - he blasted past Jonah Lomu and stepped Percy Montgomery. Now, JSD hasn't achieved nearly as much as Lomu or Monty, but that try is still pretty amazing because of the calibre of the players he beat.

Can I just say, is it just me or does this try remind me of how Rory Underwood would score many of his tries - blasting down the touchline, inches away from being in touch? Ugo Monye needs to watch this video and learn that you can't just be blessed with raw pace - you have to know how to use it, as Zee shows here :)

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 10:43 pm

S14 is faster, rucks are cleared quicker, there's better handling.
The hits are harder too.
But this was an amazing try very good.

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 11:49 pm

Not a one-trick pony anymore (not that I thought that he was).
Two scalps to prove that he's a thorough-bred. Habanna, and now Williams!

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Anonymous April 12, 2010 10:33 am

To NOT ANONYMOUS @April 11, 2010 1:49 AM, you still pissed at the lions loss? mate time to move on this is about Zee Ngwenyas try. Why cheapen it by taking shots at the boks?

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Ramboner April 12, 2010 9:38 pm

'To NOT ANONYMOUS @April 11, 2010 1:49 AM, you still pissed at the lions loss? mate time to move on this is about Zee Ngwenyas try. Why cheapen it by taking shots at the boks?'

i suppose he means that the lions are supposed to be the best of 4 nations...so technically they should be more talented...wouldnt you agree? i mean its statistics isnt it... you could say on average each team: 15 players, 8 are worth 10 points, and 7 are worth 9 points...you hope that when selecting baa baas or lions etc, you selected from each nation the 10 point people...therefore making a team which is more skilled......whether in reality its the same or whether it counts to anything is another matter....

i dont think its particularly bitter as such...

anyway, this guy has some gas!!!

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Luke April 12, 2010 10:10 pm

That guy has got gas to burn, man.

I don't get the people ripping on Shane though. I mean, the guy's 33 and still tearing defences inside-out. There aren't many backs in the world who get to that age and still manage to do that. He's obviously gonna be losing a yard of pace as he gets on a bit.

Ngwenya burning past Habana at the height of his career thus far, in my mind, is a far more impressive feat than him outpacing a 33 year old nearing the end of his career who's nowhere near as fast as he once was.

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Tom April 12, 2010 11:06 pm

Boks were the better team, Lions were worse.,
Why? Cuz they lost, that's all that matters.
And as good as these games were, and they were very entertaining spectacles, compared to the S14 the rucks are still slower, the play isn't as expansive or tactically intelligent (very few dummy runners for one thing) and the hits aren't as brutal.
Still great to watch and some great talent on display.
But I wouldn't fool myself into thinking this is the best rugby in the world, that'll just result in more losses for European national sides.

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Egg Chasing Womble April 21, 2010 5:35 pm

Williams positioning was poor, abd then he tackled far too high......very funny!!

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Tom Bishop April 30, 2010 4:20 pm

Great Pace From the American - Really poor attempt at a tackle by shane (if he goes for the legs e stops him)

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breezy May 18, 2010 3:49 am

u cn take him out of zimbabwe but u cant take e zimbabwe out of him... Zee got gas 4 africa!!

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mike May 31, 2010 4:46 pm

he is gas, should of been tackled, but one hell of a individual try!

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