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- European Rugby Champions Cup
- Pool 3
- 13th Oct 2012
- KO 18:00
- Ground: The Stoop
- Att: 13,815
Harlequins v Biarritz - Live
80 BOTICA CONVERSION! 40-13! There it is. Victory over Biarritz and a full five points to go with it. Well done Quins. For Biarritz, they must regroup.
79 STEGMANN TRY! 38-13! They have it. From the driving maul, the replacement wing is the man to cross for the maximum. Huge in the context of the Pool.
77 Quins keep knocking on the door then with an attacking line-out leading to a rolling maul, which takes them to within five metres. Now or never one feels here...
75 Johnston is fine and of course his first job now is to pack down again for a succession of attacking scrums five metres out from the French line. However, that has been reversed because the scrum wheeled so BO will clear from here. But for how long?
72 Some concern here for tighthead prop James Johnston as he does not get up from a collapsed scrum. On comes the medical staff while both teams take a minute to put their points across to each other and/or stretch off symptoms of cramp.
70 Pelu Taele has just been penalised for a high shot on Botica so here is more territory for the hosts. They want the fourth try and they have ten minutes to do it.
68 BOTICA CONVERSION! 33-13! Another two points.
67 TURNER-HALL TRY! 31-13! What about this from Easter and then Care as the duo break a combined total of 60 metres to put BO in a spot of bother. The pressure ultimately told in the end too as centre Turner-Hall powered over on the right touchline.
65 BOTICA PENALTY! 26-13! That does the job. The crowd is lifted and there are a few smiles on the faces on the Quins bench. Top kick from the youngster.
61 Off he comes with Sebb Stegmann replacing him for the final 20 minutes. There just seems to have been a drop in action these past few minutes at the Stoop.
60 Nothing comes though as they cannot break into the away 22 just yet. Change for Biarritz as Wikus Blauuw comes on for Barcella. A concern for Quins meanwhile is British & Irish Lions wing Monye lying on the ground with what looks like a knee problem.
58 Tom Guest is on for Fa'asavalu on the blindside flank before Harlequins dominate a BO scrum on the French ten-metre. That pressure leads to reward too as possession is coughed up, so Quins will now have a set-piece of their own as they look for a third try.
54 A glimpse at what Seremaïa Burotu can do here as the centre glides down the right touchline before handing on to the rather quiet Taku Ngwenya, who is brought down well by Brown on halfway. Biarritz aren't done yet then with play in Harlequins' half.
52 BOTICA PENALTY! 23-13! The lead is now ten.
51 Botica is the man sparking something now with a slice through the BO line on halfway which gets Quins going forward. Key moment here as Easter and Monye carry under a penalty advantage. What will they do with this? Robshaw points to the uprights.
48 Such a key score for Quins was that but where the next one goes will be even more important. If Quins get it then one wonders whether the French will crumble.
46 BOTICA CONVERSION! 20-13! It's a seven-pointer.
45 BUCHANAN TRY! 18-13! Care will put-in about 20 metres out and it's a great scrum from Quins, with the scrum-half breaking to the right under a penalty advantage. The hosts are on the front foot here and finally do cross through hooker Buchanan.
43 It's a frantic opening to the second 40 as Quins seem to have had the hairdryer treatment at the break. Here comes the driving maul..they would love a try here.
Second-half Welcome back to a game that's all locked up in what's been an entertaining Saturday of Heineken Cup action. Quins restart through new fly-half Botica.
40 Half-time then and it's 13-all. Join us again in a few minutes.
39 The hosts are now penalised at scrum-time as time ticks on at the Stoop. Biarritz will be mighty pleased with this first-half while Quins have to answer some questions posed of them as Evans heads down the tunnel on crutches. Not a good sight for rugby lovers.
35 Quins are trying hard but getting little joy from this BO defence, which is not messing around on the road. Change for them: Talalelei Gray goes for Benoit Guyot.
33 BOTICA PENALTY! 13-13! It is.
31 Botica can level here from range but has hit the upright so the ball is live as Quins look to scavenge. It works too as another penalty goes their way after Iain Balshaw is penalised at the breakdown. Botica calls for the kicking tee again for should be three.
29 PEYRELONGUE PENALTY! 10-13! This is evenly balanced let me tell you are Biarritz are definitely matching the physical, which leads to them having a chance to take the lead from long-range. It's gone fairly quiet at the Stoop after that penalty kick.
25 PEYRELONGUE CONVERSION! 10-10! We are level.
24 HEGUY TRY! 10-8! They have turned defence into attack and how. A driving maul leads to the BO pack getting over the whitewash and after TMO referral, the try is given to hooker Arnaud Heguy. Game on then at Twickenham Stoop with the kick to come.
22 Entertaining stuff as outside centre Hopper breaks down the left wing before flanker Robshaw is hauled down on the BO 22. That leads to a turnover, which ultimately ends with a French line-out near halfway. Good defensive work from Erik Lund there.
19 BOTICA PENALTY! 10-3! Welcome to the game.
18 Evans has left the action and is replaced by Ben Botica.
17 HAYLETT-PETTY YELLOW! Dane Haylett-Petty goes to the sin-bin after taking out wing Williams in mid-air. That was just plain daft from the Australian.
16 Slight concern for Quins as Nick Evans his hobbling.
15 PEYRELONGUE PENALTY! 7-3! He does just that.
13 The French are not finished just yet though as they have slow ball in the opposition 22. Here come the one-out runners with the Lunds involved before they get another penalty. This one should be knocked over as captain Magnus Lund points to the posts.
11 BO have a chance to cut the gap then but Peyrelongue pushes his penalty attempt to the right from distance. So we remain at 7 points to nil with 11 gone.
9 EVANS CONVERSION! 7-0! No mistake.
8 CARE TRY! 5-0! Lovely line-out move back against the grain and Care is over after a great step. Quins are on the board with the conversion to come.
7 Knock-on by Care though at the base so BO have the chance to clear from this set-piece. Can they manage it? Yes, with Julien Peyrelongue taking them close to halfway. By the way, Peyrelongue is a late replacement for Mat Berquist at 10.
5 Nothing comes of that and now it's Quins showing their intent by running it through England full-back Mike Brown. Here they come, with a line-out 20 metres out as captain Chris Robshaw and his troops stroll to the set-piece. The crowd subsequently responds.
2 An early mistake from Fa'asavalu sees him fumble just outside his 22 so it will be promising territory for BO early on. Unsurprisingly it's kept tight before kicking high.
Kick-off Here we go with Biarritz kicking off.
Team news Quins name Tom Williams, Joe Marler, Maurie Fa'asavalu, Rob Buchanan and Danny Care in their side while French internationals Imanol Harinordoquy and Dimitri Yachvili are absent due to injury while Damien Traille is on the bench for Biarritz.
Welcome Hello from the Stoop for the final Heineken Cup game of the day between Harlequins and Biarritz. Quins will be keen to get their European campaign off on the right foot against an under-strength BO line-up. Speaking of team news, here it comes...
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