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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Biarritz score a sensational team try against Montpellier

Zee Ngwenya scored again in the Top 14 this past weekend as Biarritz put together an incredible team try against Montpellier, with the American flyer landing on the end of a serious try of the season contender. Montpellier won the game 30-23.

Talisman Imanol Harinordoquy was brilliant as he handled the ball more than once and offloaded superbly in the tackle as Biarritz worked their way up field with Dane Haylett-Petty, who supplied two outstanding passes, while impressive Prop Fabien Barcella and Ngwenya were up in support.

The Harinordoquy name hit the headlines recently when his father stormed the pitch to get involved in a brawl against Bayonne. Lucien Harinordoquy has since apologised for what he did.

"I apologise to the fans present at Aguilera, from Bayonne and Biarritz, to the two teams and their staff, to the National Rugby League, the French Rugby Federation and the rugby world in general.

"Under pressure for various reasons, I lost all control. I regret having behaved in such a manner during such a festival of rugby," he said. Biarritz accepted the apology and hoped the other parties would too. 

This weekend they face Benetton Treviso in the Heineken Cup, with the Italian side all too aware of the threats that they pose, with head coach Franco Smith picking out Ngwenya and Harinordoquy as two that could give them trouble.

"Ngwenya is lightening fast and, as well as his strengths as a finisher and try scorer, he is also a great chaser of their kicking game. And at the heart of their team is Harinordoquy, he is such an immense figure as their leader and in charge of their line-out," he said ahead of the Pool 5 clash.

He's not far off and this try shows why. Absolutely brilliant from everyone involved.

Posted at 4:18 pm | 14 comments

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Patrick December 08, 2011 6:51 pm

sensational teamwor. love how the prop gets involved, and it was a superb tackle by the fullback to begin with!

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Redron December 08, 2011 6:56 pm

Awesome try, Imanol has to be in the form of his life right now!

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Paul December 08, 2011 8:04 pm

How many Sonny Bill Williams was there?

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Fettsack December 08, 2011 9:06 pm

If only Biarritz could play a full 80 minutes match. This try and the two against Saracens show they can be brilliant. Such a shame they don't win more games.

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moddeur December 09, 2011 12:28 am

I wonder if the people who set up that try were thinking, near the end, that it would eventually go all the way.
I was watching this match live at home and although I did not support any particular team, I was shouting "yeah! go go!" at the TV as the action started building up, so at the end when Ngwenya dove I literally screamed.
As I said earlier in another thread, the Montpellier coach B├ęchu was himself impressed because at half-time when asked by the TV channel's journalist what his thoughts for his team were at halftime, he said something along the lines of "well there is that Biarritz try which we can't complain much about because it was really superb".

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Colombes December 09, 2011 10:39 am

i'm pretty sure that we will see other quality tries in the next following months, but this try will be certainly one serious challenger for the IRB best try award 2011-2012

Imanol, what else?

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Colombes December 09, 2011 10:40 am

ps to RD: montepllier won the match and scored 4 great tries in the same match. one of amorosino was a genius solo effort if u can catch it

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coops December 09, 2011 11:54 am

Leicester fan here - I am genuinely gutted we let Amarosino go. Either we didn't use him correctly, or he wasn't cut out for English rugby, but he is showing everyone what he can do now!

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AkaRed December 09, 2011 11:12 am

Awesome try, go the prop!

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coops December 09, 2011 11:52 am

Awesome score, great hands and running lines.

Feel sorry for the full back Amarosino, who must have felt like he was stuck in a game of piggy in the middle the way he had to keep chasing down different people!

My favourite part is where the prop offloads and falls over with absolutely no pressure on him!

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i love bacon December 09, 2011 8:12 pm

And THAT is why I fucking love Biarritz rugby! A tackle, good counterruck, steal the ball, eight passes through seven different players, and the required strength to stay in and touch it down while being tackled for the try. Brilliant.

I just wish we could cultivate that kind of running rugby here in the US so that Ngwenya would get set up for try opportunities like that and it wouldn't seem like he was under-performing when he plays international matches (though to be fair, part of the problem is that he's a finishing winger, and not always the type to go infield looking to make himself available).

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Canadian content December 10, 2011 8:08 pm

Hey, this may come as a shock, but SWB did not invent the offload and is surely not the only player who should be known for using it. Umaga was the first to consistently and effectively deliver back hand offloads and Jonah rarely got tackled to the ground before passing the ball. I am sure many of you could name tonnes of players who did so before these great stars.

On another note, it's great to see Biarritz playing classic French rugby, having a go from anywhere and not allowing the ball to die in contact as has been the trend recently.

I also have to say that Harinordoquy is possibly the best player in the world right now. Dussatoir played admirably in the rwc final and was immense, but nobody is playing like this guy at the moment.

Of course, his ability to cheat at the ruck does not compare to Mccaw's at all.

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MisterDavid December 13, 2011 6:59 pm

Fantastic try, obviously. But the thing that makes it so brilliant for me is that there isn't a missed tackle in the whole move - it's all attacking skill, not just capitalising on defensive failure.
Great stuff.

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