Thursday, March 17, 2011
Biarritz came back from being 16-3 down to record a great 36-32 victory over Parisians Racing Metro on day 21 of the French Top 14 this past weekend.
Parc des Sports Aguilera was the venue as two-time European Cup finalists Biarritz put on a tremendous show for their home crowd, scoring four tries to two and giving themselves a huge boost towards their top six ambitions.
Racing weren't helped by the yellow carding of Francois Steyn for a high tackle on wing Zee Ngwenya. Julien Peyrelongue converted the penalty that was awarded for the offence, before Yann Lesgourgeus scored to bring the hosts closer.
Steyn redeemed himself somewhat in the second half, with a penalty from over 50m out, and that combined with another long range penalty and try to the visitors, put them in a 32-28 lead. It wasn't long before Biarritz crossed again though, with a penalty later on, four minutes from time, sealing it for the hosts.
"We were ahead on the scoreboard for quite a while without ever being able to drive home the final nail in the coffin. We were excellent for our first twenty minutes but we made too many errors afterwards which let the Biarrots back in the game," said Racing prop Julien Brugnaut.
Racing picked up a losing bonus point and remain in second place, but with Toulouse's win over Brive, the gap at the top is increasing.