Thursday, December 8, 2011

Ngwenya finishes fantastic team try despite worrying times for Biarritz

Despite Biarritz continued struggles, Zimbabwean born American winger finished a great team try in the loss against Montpellier on Sunday. The play started with Montpellier's Argentine full back Lucas González Amorosino spotting a narrow Biarritz defence and passing to Timoci Nagusa out wide who ran into the 22 metre area. But Montpellier's ruckers didn't arrive in numbers quick enough and a Biarritz turnover sparked a fantastic counter attacking try which contained 8 passes (two more than the most famous try of all time!) and Takudzwa Ngwenya popped up at the end to finish.

This try is Ngwenya's second of the season and first in the Top 14, his last try was in the victory against English champions Saracens in the Heineken Cup. I thought after that win Biarritz would fight out of their struggles and make their way towards lower mid table, but I was wrong and they continue to play poorly, getting easily beaten 28-9 by an out of form Racing-Métro side, sneaking past a poor Bayonne 21-19 side at home and being comfortably beaten 23-30 by Montpellier (Montpellier were more comfortable winners than the scoreline suggests).

Biarritz will play Treviso twice in the Heineken Cup over the next fortnight and then face some difficult fixtures in the Top 14 away to Stade Français, home to Toulon and away to Agen. They must start winning their home matches otherwise they will be in a big relegation scrap alongside Lyon, Bordeaux-Bègles and Brive.

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