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  1. Biarritz edge Ospreys in thriller

    Biarritz edge Ospreys in thriller

    Biarritz booked a spot in the semi-finals of the Heineken Cup after downing Ospreys 29-28 in a thrilling match in San Sebastian. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Biarritz Olympique
    • Ospreys
    • 80' Collins wins Ospreys throw and Welsh forwards try to carve out a decent position as Holah makes good ground. Biggar has one final chance but his drop goal comes up short and Biarritz run ball into touch to secure a spot in the semi-finals. Fantastic game and Ospreys will know they had plenty of chances to win it. Biarritz join Leinster in the final four after 29-28 win. Thanks for joining us.
    • 80' But Biarritz concede penalty for holding on and Ospreys have one final chance as Biggar finds excellent touch in the French half.
    • 79' Smart play from the home forwards denies Ospreys possession. Time running out for the visitors.
    • 77' Biarrtiz look to keep ball tight and run down the clock. Can the Ospreys get their hands on the ball and launch one final attack?
    • 75' Biggar conversion makes it 29-28 and all to play for for the Welsh side.
    • 75' Ospreys continue to attack and Phillips breaks clear before feeding Walker who touches down under the posts. Fantastic reply from the Welsh who now trail just 29-26.
    • 74' Time running out for the Ospreys and they are still two scores behind. They need something and soon otherwise and magnificent chance of reaching the semis will go begging.
    • 71' Hook makes half break and Ospreys retain possession before setting up drop goal chance for Biggar, but again the fly-half's effort goes wide. Ospreys need to take these chances.
    • 70' Biarritz offside at ruck and chance for Biggar to bring Ospreys right back in it, but the fly-half pulls his effort wide and Biarritz retain eight-point lead.
    • 63' Poor clearance from Peyrelongue and Ospreys have lineout in Biarritz 22. Players from both sides blowing hard now in tbe Spanish heat as Alexandre comes on for Lauret in the Biarritz back row. Lock Gough also on for Ospreys.
    • 60' Biarritz pinch yet another Ospreys throw and set up position for Traille to nail his third drop goal. Great effort from the former France centre and Biarritz lead 29-21. Ospreys must score next to keep alive their hopes.
    • 59' Ospreys break out of their 22 and launch brilliant counter attack. Bowe evades several tackles but Biarritz defence just manages to get back and prevent what would have been a glorious score. Amazing game!
    • 53' Balshaw limps off after getting injured in process of scoring and is replaced by Mignardi, with Traille going to full-back.
    • 53' Chance for Ospreys to bounce right back as Biarritz pinged for offside. Decent kick from Biggar makes it 26-21. Just what the Welsh side needed.
    • 49' Conversion from Yachvili makes it 26-18 to the home side. Ospreys need to get back into this game and quickly after letting it slip in the past five minutes.
    • 48' Biarritz release Ngwenya wide out of the right and the wing chips ahead, Balshaw wins race for the loose ball and touches down for Biarritz's second try. Ref goes to TMO, but no doubt over the score and Biarritz lead 24-18.
    • 48' Poor pass to Ngwenya but the wing is dumped by Biggar and Biarritz lucky to earn penalty. Yachvili makes no mistake and regains lead for Biarritz at 19-18.
    • 45' Bowe claims high ball but is taken out in the air by Bolokaro and earns Ospreys penalty. Lovely kick by Biggar and Ospreys take the lead for the first time at 18-16.
    • 43' Lovely step from Hunt and the centre brings play into Ospreys half before defence forces Biarritz into touch. Danger signs for the Welsh side.
    • 41' Biggar gets the second half started. Can the Ospreys finish off their chances in this half cause an upset in Northern Spain?
    • 40' Yachvili kicks to touch and ref blows for half-time. Biarritz lead 16-15 but Ospreys will feel they can take this match after creating so many scoring chances. All to play for in the second half and both sides will be pleased for the break so they can take on fluids in what are sweltering conditions.
    • 39' Ospreys continue to attack and this time Biggar goes for a drop goal and cuts home lead 16-15. Well played by the fly-half.
    • 37' Bowe bursts clear and carries play deep into Biarritz 22 but the Ireland wing is unable to find his support and another Ospreys chance goes begging! The Welsh have had the majority of scoring chances but need to make the most of their opportunities.
    • 35' Ospreys continue to attack and superb quick handling crafts a fantastic try for Byrne in right corner. Excellent stuff from Ospreys and this time they complete scoring chance to cut Biarritz lead to 16-12.
    • 33' Ospreys get some momentum in the forwards through Collins and win penalty just inside Biarritz half as French forwards stray offside. Chance for Biggar to cut deficit but his long-range effort hits post and Biarritz clear upfield.
    • 30' Fantastic break from Traille, and slick hands from Balshaw puts Yachvili into space in Ospreys' 22. Only desperate defence from Ospreys prevents what would have been a lovely try.
    • 28' Penalty Biarritz and home side kick for touch in Ospreys half, win their throw and set up rolling maul that brings them to within five yards of Welsh try line. Biarritz earn penalty from scrum and another chance for Yachvili to extend their lead from wide out. This time the scrum-half is just wide.
    • 23' Ospreys making far too many errors and lose another lineout. Yachvili again feeds Traille and the former France centre nails his second drop goal of the afternoon. Biarritz 16-7 ahead.
    • 22' Ospreys penalised for not releasing after claiming kick off and chance for Yachvili to extend Biarriz lead. Nice kick and home side lead 13-7.
    • 19' Biggar kicks conversion and Ospreys now trail 10-7.
    • 18' Superb offload by Williams puts Hook into space and the centre finds his Wales skipper Ryan Jones in support for a lovely try from a counter attack in their own half. 10-5 Biarritz but the Ospreys are right back in this!
    • 16' Ospreys have started well enough despite the scoreline but they need to score next to stop themselves falling further behind. All too similar to Wales' starts in the Six Nations and their tendancy to hand opponents an early advantage before fighting back.
    • 13' Yachvili adds lovely conversion from touchline and Biarritz lead 10-0.
    • 12' Biarritz pinch ball from scrum deep in their 22 and feed Ngwenya on the right wing. The America international shows amazing pace to out-strip first Phillips and then Williams to complete an amazing 70m try. Fastatic score puts Biarritz 8-0 ahead.
    • 11' Hook bursts through Biarritz midfield and feeds Bishop, who carries play deep into French 22. Ospreys recycle ball but Ngwenya just manages to get a hand in the way of an overlap and prevents a certain Ospreys try. Great stuff from the visitors.
    • 8' Ospreys lineout struggling and Biarritz pinch throw and make good ground into Welsh half through hooker August.
    • 6' It's a fantastic afternoon in Northern Spain and Biarriz fans creating a wonderful atmosphere.
    • 5' Another scoring chance for the Ospreys as Bishop capitalises on a Biarritz error, but the centre if unable to find his support and chance goes begging. Big miss for the Welsh side!
    • 3' Fantastic start to this game, with both sides playing with real pace. Byrne sets up first real chance for Ospreys with incisive break through Biarritz midfield. The Wales full-back chips ahead for Shane Williams but Biarritz cover back just in time to prevent opening try.
    • 1' Biarritz get the game underway and Ospreys fail to claim kick-off, allowing the French to move immediately into their 22 and set up Traille for an early drop goal effort. Perfect start for Biarritz as they take a 3-0 lead within a minute!
    • - France international Dimitri Yachvili pulls the strings for Biarritz from scrum-half, while Imanol Harinodoquy will hope to continue his fantastic form from the Six Nations alongside lock and skipper Jerome Thion.
    • - And there's no shortage of speed in their back three either, where flyers Takudzwa Ngwenya and Ilikena Bolakoro are joined by former England international Iain Balshaw.
    • - Like the Ospreys, Biarritz have yet to win the Heineken Cup despite no shortage of domestic success in the Top 14 over the past decade.
    • - Up front, the Welsh side will look to get an edge in the back row, where the power of Jerry Collins and Ryan Jones, alongside the nous of Marty Holah, will be crucial to the outcome.
    • - Ospreys have the talent to cause an upset but too often they have not lived up to the potential of their individual parts, especially their star-studded back-line which includes Lions stars Shane Williams, Lee Byrne, Mike Phillips, Tommy Bowe and James Hook.
    • - Leinster have already dumped one French side out of the competition with their nail-biting victory over Clermont, and Ospreys will hope to emulate their feat against their Atlantic coast opponents.
    • - Good afternoon and welcome to the first of today's two Heineken Cup semi-final, starting with Biarritz v Ospreys from San Sebastian in northern Spain.
  • Summary

    Biarritz Olympique versus Ospreys
    N'Gwenya 12’, Balshaw 50’ Tries Jones 19’, Byrne 34’, Walker 75’
    Yachvili 13’, 50’ Conversions Biggar 19’, 75’
    Yachvili 22’, 48’ Penalties Biggar 45’, 52’
    Traille 1’, 23’, 60’ Drops Biggar 40’

Live Team Line-Up

  • Biarritz Olympique

    Manager: Jean-Michel Gonzalez

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Courrent
    • Terrain Substitution In (70′)
    • Gobelet Substitution In (64′)
    • Mignardi Substitution In (52′)
    • Hall Substitution In (41′)
    • Alexandre Substitution In (63′)
    • Barcella Substitution In (51′)
    • Hughes

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Ospreys

    Manager: Sean Holley

    On the Field

    Subs

    • Tiatia Substitution In (69′)
    • Gough Substitution In (62′)
    • Parker
    • Walker Substitution In (62′) Try
    • Shervington
    • Nutbrown
    • Mitchell
    • Bevington

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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