Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a hat trick for Biarritz against the Ospreys last weekend, finishing off three tries in the corner in what turned out to be a 36-5 thrashing dealt out by the Basque side. It shows how much the Ospreys have gone backwards that two seasons ago this fixture came down to 1 point in a match the Ospreys were unlucky to lose.
The thrashing means Biarritz were the nearest side to miss on Heineken Cup quarter final qualification but qualify for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter finals where they will meet Wasps.
The first Ngwenya try was due to poor defending from youngster Eli Walker who picked ahead of Shane Williams looked a liability in defence. The second came at the end of a flowing backs move. The third he took advantage of an out of position Walker, and was far too quick for Jonathan Thomas.
Biarritz are on much better form now, and it seems to have coincided with the return of their talisman Dimitri Yachvili. Without him they seem lost, their performance over the first half of the season showed how much they missed him. The Biarrots have a tricky away match to Castres next and then will face Toulouse in what should have been a home at a neutral venue thanks to Harinordoquy's dad.
(Takudzwa Ngwenya's hat trick against the Ospreys)