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  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Biarritz Olympique
    • Munster
    • 80' FULL TIME It's Biarritz vs Toulouse in this year Heineken final and what a performance by Dimitri Yachvili
    • 79' PENALTY Make that 18 point for the mercurial scrum half and it's all over here now.
    • 77' PENALTY Guess who? Yachvili has scored all of Biarritz's 15 points and it's almost certainly an all French final.
    • 76' Yachvili again and this time perfect kick into the Munster 22 and Biarritz are in total control at the moment
    • 74' Yachvili is everywhere for Biarritz at the moment and he's just absolutely smashed Quinlan, the little general can do no wrong.
    • 71' PENALTY Yachvili extends the Biarritz lead and it's looking ominous for Munster now.
    • 69' Peyrelongue lets fly with one of the worst drop kick attempts you're likely to see but it's all Biarritz at the moment this is a massive period for Munster.
    • 67' Yachvili and Peyrelongue are playing the territorial game now but with 13 mins to go is a 2 point lead enough?
    • 66' If Harinordoquy was a boxer his corner would have thrown the towel in a fair few rounds ago but he's brave fight is over now and he's replaced by Florian Faure
    • 65' PENALTY Yachvili makes Warwick pay and Biarritz retake the lead.
    • 64' Warwick tries to counter from deep but doesn't count on an incredible tap tackle for Trevor Hall which leads to a penalty attempt for Yachvili
    • 62' Munster take a quick tap from a penalty and nearly catch Biarritz napping but they regroup and force a knock on from Quinlan.
    • 58' Yachvili is turning on the style now and moving his side up the pitch at speed. Munster just need to soak up this pressure as the home side look to turn the screw.
    • 56' MISSED PENALTY O'Gara comes up well short from just inside his half.
    • 53' Harinordoquy is proving what the Heineken cup means to him, he's clearly in a lot of pain but the big man is refusing to leave the pitch.
    • 50' There are some thunderous tackles going in now neither team can be faulted for effort here. The pace of the game seems to be taking it's toll on Harinondoquy who has been down twice one, Biarritz won't want to lose him.
    • 45' The Estadio Anoeta is rocking now and Biarritz are building some momentum. You get the feeling this will be a very decisive 10 minutes.
    • 43' PENALTY A clumsy challenge from Flannery trying to charge down Hunt's kick gives Yachvili another shot at goal and he doesn't need a second invitation.
    • 42' Early mistake from O'Gara as he over cooks his kick to give Biarritz great field position but Munster steal the lineout.
    • 40' O'Gara gets us underway in the second half and we're 40 mins away from knowing who will meet Toulouse in Paris for the Heineken Cup final!!!
    • 40' HALF TIME Minus Earls' counter attacking try it's both teams whole hearted defences that are controlling the game. Munster are looking the more clinical, Biarritz have to cut out the unforced errors but it's on a knife edge going into the last 40.
    • 38' PENALTY Biarritz are off the mark with a Yachvili penalty.
    • 35' Biarritz can't be faulted for effort but they are making too many handling errors to build any consolidated pressure. Hunt is doing well but the Frenchmen are missing Traille.
    • 32' Karmichael Hunt has made so big tackles at 10 but he shows the subtlety to his game with a pin point kick to push Munster back onto their own line.
    • 30' Great response by Biarritz as Benoit August nearly squeezes over in the opposite corner of the pitch but great defensive work by Mafi and O'Driscoll just keeps the Basque bruiser out.
    • 29' TRY Munster soak up the Biarritz pressure then burst into life on the counter attack. De Villers turned the ball over, O'Callaghan galloped up the field then the ball was worked quickly to Keith Earls out wide who strolled in for the first try of the game.
    • 24' Biarritz are starting to threaten in attack now with some real power running but the Munster defence is more then up to the task.
    • 19' O'Gara has just wasted the best chance of the half as the game seemed to open up for Flannery he scuttled down the wing and stepped passed Harinordoquy to offload inside to his captain who split the pass.
    • 16' Jean de Villers stops a dangerous Biarritz move with an interception, had he not got his hands on Harinordoquy's pass there were a 3 or 4 unmarked Basque men waiting for the ball.
    • 13' Two poor kicks from Yachvili and Balshaw and Biarritz gifting Munster possession.
    • 10' Munster seem to have no answer to Biarritz's defence and Paul Warwick is forced into a drop goal which goes way wide.
    • 5' Another handling error by the home side as Ngwenya knocks on a poor kick from O'Gara and Munster win a penalty from the resulting scrum.
    • 4' Erinle has spilt the ball in midfield and Munster have a chance to build some pressure but the Biarritz defence is looking fearsome today.
    • 2' Munster have the early upper hand in the scrum and it looks like Biarritz will be targeting O'Gara's defence as they seem to be lining up the hard running Ayoola Erinle at 10 for first phase.
    • 1' Balshaw gets the game started and Munster are wearing their change strip of dark blue while Harinordoquy is rocking a face mask due to his broken nose. I don't think it's a look that's going to catch on!!!
    • - MUNSTER ONE TO WATCH: Jean de Villers heads back to South Africa at the end of the season and he's love to sign off his time in Ireland with European glory. De Villers was on the score sheet in the last round against Northampton and he'll be looking for more of the same today.
    • - MUNSTER TEAM NEWS: Munster have suffered three massive injuries losing Doug Howlett, Brian Dowling and most importantly their inspirational captain Paul O'Connell.
    • - BIARRITZ ONE TO WATCH: There really is only one man for this the flying American Takudzwa Ngwenya scored one of the most memorable tries of Heineken Cup history against Ospreys and proved he's probably the quickest man in world rugby.
    • - BIARRITZ TEAM NEWS: Biarritz suffered a huge blow having lost the imperious Damien Traille so rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt has been charged with replacing him at 10. That makes way for Englishman Ayoola Erinle to take his place in the centre. There is some very good news for the Basque team as the inspirational Imanol Harinordoquy is fit to start at number eight.
    • - Welcome to Eurosport LIVE for final European game for the weekend. It's a repeat of the 2006 final as Munster travel to the Estadio Anoeta to tackle Biarritz. That day Munster won a nail biting encounter 23-19 but Biarritz will be looking to reverse that result today and book an all French final in Paris against Toulouse.
  • Summary

    Biarritz Olympique versus Munster
      Tries Earls 29’
      Conversions O'Gara 29’
    Yachvili 39’, 44’, 65’, 72’, 78’, 80’ Penalties  
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Biarritz Olympique

    Manager: Laurent Rodriguez

    On the Field

    • Coetzee
    • August
    • Johnstone
    • Thion
    • Hall
    • Lund
    • Lauret
    • Harinordoquy Substitution Out (66′)
    • Yachvili
    • Hunt
    • Gobelet
    • Erinle Substitution Out (49′)
    • Mignardi
    • N'Gwenya
    • Balshaw

    Subs

    • Bidabé
    • Peyrelongue Substitution In (49′)
    • Courrent
    • Carizza
    • Faure Substitution In (66′)
    • Barcella
    • Hughes

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Munster

    Manager: Tony McGahan

    On the Field

    • Horan
    • Flannery
    • Hayes
    • O'Callaghan
    • O'Driscoll
    • Quinlan
    • Wallace
    • Coughlan
    • O'Leary
    • O'Gara
    • Hurley
    • De Villiers
    • Earls Try
    • Mafi
    • Warwick

    Subs

    • Stringer
    • Buckley
    • Ronan
    • Varley
    • Burgnaut
    • Williams
    • Deasy
    • Gleeson

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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