Bonus point Biarritz bash Ulster in Heineken Cup

Biarritz cruised to a 35-15 victory over Ulster in their Heineken Cup Pool four clash at Parc des Sports Aguilera on Sunday afternoon.

Dimitri Yachvili was the architect for Biarritz Olympique as they continued their unbeaten start in this season’s Heineken Cup.

The French scrum-half scored 15 points for last season’s Heineken Cup finalists as they collected a bonus-point victory over Ulster.

Wing Takudzwa Ngwenya grabbed a brace of second half tries while Manuel Carissa and Sylvain Marconnet also crossed to seal maximum points for the French giants.

Ulster had the chance to take an early lead but Ruan Pienaar missed with his opening penalty attempt before making amends in the 13th minute with his second attempt.

Biarritz held possession but Ulster’s strength in defence kept the hosts at bay.

On the stroke of half-time Yachvili levelled the scores.

All of Ulster’s good work in the opening period was undone as they fell behind in the 44 minute.

Yachvili was at the heart again when he combined with Magnus Lund to send Ngwenya over for his opening try in the left corner.

Yachvili converted and added two penalties as Biarritz surged 16-3 ahead.

The hosts increased the tempo as front five forwards Carissa and Marconnet powered over either side of a neat score from Trimble for Ulster.

Wing sensation Ngwenya completed the perfect afternoon for the home side with the fourth try with three minutes remaining and Ferris’ try from a quick-tap proved to only be a consolation.

Final Score Biarritz 35 (3) Ulster 15 (3)


Tries: Ngwenya 2, Carizza, Marconnet
Penalties: Yachvili 3
Conversions: Yachvili 3

Tries: Trimble, Ferris
Penalties: Pienaar
Conversions: Pienaar


Man of the Match: Gavin Hume (Perpignan)

Referee: Dave Pearson (England)

Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque: D Haylett-Petty, T Ngwenya, C Gimenez, M Bond, I Balshaw, J Peyrelongue, D Yachvili, E Coetzee, B August, C Johnstone, J Thion, E Lund, M Lund, I Harinordoquy [capt], R Lakafia.

Replacements: R Terrain, S Marconnet, A Barozzi, M Carizza, B Guyot, D Traille, A Mignardi, I Bolakoro

Ulster Rugby: D McIlwaine, A Trimble, I Whitten, P Wallace, S Danielli, I Humphreys, R Pienaar, T Court, R Best [capt], B Botha, J Muller, T Barker, P Wannenburg, S Ferris, R Diack.

Replacements: A Kyriacou, P McAllister, B Young, D Tuohy, C Henry, P Marshall, N Spence, A D’Arcy



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