Biarritz 9 - 16 Harlequins

Match info: Rugby Champions Cup at Parc des Sports Aguilera

Date: 18/01/2013 KO: 20:00 Att: 9,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


PenaltiesYachvili (12, 46, 54)



TriesGuest (31)ConversionsEvans (31)PenaltiesEvans (17, 57, 75)

FT (ht: 3-10)

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  • Finally, a body is dragged into touch and the ref blows his whistle. Quins prevail under extremely difficult conditions. Biarritz at least manage to take a losing bonus point for their efforts. Thanks for joining us folks!

  • Biarritz struggling to get their hands on the ball, and instead forced to make tackle after tackle as Harlequins' forwards rumble forward.

  • Another scrum now for Quins and yet another penalty against Biarritz . This time it's too far for Evans to take a shot at goal, so sends the ball into touch instead.

  • PENALTY, QUINS. Oh dear, the Biarritz front row is penalised for dropping the scrum. Evans is instructed to kick at goal and doesn't disappoint the few Quins supporters in the stands. 9-16!

  • Line-out time, and Robson's challenge for the ball has forced a knock-on from his opposite number. So Quins will have an attacking scrum with the opposition's tryline in sight...

  • 10 minutes left! Evans goes for territory, and times his kick to perfection as the ball rolls into touch just 10m out from Biarritz 's tryline.

  • But just like clockword, the home side's momentum is cancelled out with another vital turnover by the visitors. Take a bow Fa'asavalu!

  • Biarritz need to score next if they are to have any hope of winning this game as we edge closer to the last 10 minutes of the match. Raphael Lakafia carries two defenders with him as he powers into Quins' half.

  • Change now for Biarritz as Ngwenya makes way for Seremaïa Burotu. Perhaps some fresh legs is exactly what the home side needs.

  • Oh dear, he's pushed it wide... and you can almost hear a pin drop.

  • The crowd get behind their home team and cheer them on with every metre gained. Now a roar erupts throughout the stadium after John Lacey awards a penalty to Biarritz, which could result in three more points for Yachvili...

  • DROP-GOAL, QUINS. Evans in the pocket, and bangs over a cheeky - yet crucial - drop-goal to extend his side's lead back to four points. He enjoyed that! 9-13

  • Evans hoists a high one, and the tactic has paid off as Brown chases and gathers. Quins put four more phases together as George Robson and then Joe Gray take it up futher. They've got the momentum behind them, that's for sure... but how long what it last?

  • PENALTY, BIARRITZ. Yachvili's golden boot does it again! Three more points for the hosts, who are now just one point behind Quins! 9-10!

  • Harinordoquy taking some time to get up, looks like mud in the eye. He was stuck at the bottom of a ruck, and as he gets to his feet he sees the ref has awarded a penalty to his team which is once again in kicking range for Yachvili.

  • Biarritz get their groove on, as Baby draws his man and puts Brew into space. The heavy surface underfoot slows him down, but still manages to put the visitors under some pressure, as he makes some hard yards for his team.

  • PENALTY, BIARRITZ. And the former France scrum-half does just that! 6-10!

  • Whoa! The Biarritz forwards put in a mighty big shove and shove Quins off the ball. Now the visitors are on the backfoot, and concede a penalty. It's bang in front of their posts, so no doubt Dimitri Yachvili will step up and add try cut the deficit to four points...

  • Barley three minutes in and we have the first scrum of the match following yet ANOTHER knock-on... it was Biarritz prop Ben Broster who put it down, so Care will feed the two packs.

  • Welcome back! Both sides are sporting cleaner jerseys, but it won't last long as Jean-Pascal Barraque kicks off for the home team.

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