Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Takudzwa Ngwenya try gives Biarritz boost

Crunch clash: Biarritz edged out Saracens in a fiery encounter

American winger Takudzwa Ngwenya didn't make the impact he would have hoped for in New Zealand at the World Cup, he failed to score a single try and was underused by the Eagles. But the winger known sometimes as Zee, scored his first try since August in the second round of the Heineken Cup on Saturday. 

After a forgettable first half which ended 0-0, les Biarrots took the match out of Saracens' reach with two fantastic tries in 8 minutes, the first from a crosskick by Haylett-Petty to Harinordoquy to score the first then Ngwenya try, which came from a kick from a counter attacking play from the back for Biarritz as Argentine Marcelo Bosch was given too much time on the ball and set Ngwenya through on the switch ball, the American then just had forwards to beat in front of him and by the time he had reached top speed he was unstoppable. Saracens got a try in the last play to get a bonus point and the end result was 15-10.

Biarritz have struggled immensely this season and are bottom of the Top 14 with a points difference of -123, and suffered a humiliating 41-0 defeat to Clermont before entering Europe. Their problem, to me, seems to be that they are too reliant on French internationals Dimitri Yachvili and Imanol Harinordoquy, this win over the English champions will boost them and I expect they will stay up, but qualification for Europe looks all but over now, and they look as if they will miss out on the Heineken Cup for the first time since 2000.

1 comment:

  1. It reminds me of Forest Gump.

    Run Zee Run.