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Biarritz v Harlequins - Live
80 Finally, a body is dragged into touch and the ref blows his whistle. Quins prevail under extremely difficult conditions. Biarritz at least manage to take a losing bonus point for their efforts. Thanks for joining us folks!
79 Biarritz struggling to get their hands on the ball, and instead forced to make tackle after tackle as Harlequins' forwards rumble forward.
76 Another scrum now for Quins and yet another penalty against Biarritz . This time it's too far for Evans to take a shot at goal, so sends the ball into touch instead.
73 PENALTY, QUINS. Oh dear, the Biarritz front row is penalised for dropping the scrum. Evans is instructed to kick at goal and doesn't disappoint the few Quins supporters in the stands. 9-16!
72 Line-out time, and Robson's challenge for the ball has forced a knock-on from his opposite number. So Quins will have an attacking scrum with the opposition's tryline in sight...
70 10 minutes left! Evans goes for territory, and times his kick to perfection as the ball rolls into touch just 10m out from Biarritz 's tryline.
68 But just like clockword, the home side's momentum is cancelled out with another vital turnover by the visitors. Take a bow Fa'asavalu!
67 Biarritz need to score next if they are to have any hope of winning this game as we edge closer to the last 10 minutes of the match. Raphael Lakafia carries two defenders with him as he powers into Quins' half.
64 Change now for Biarritz as Ngwenya makes way for Seremaïa Burotu. Perhaps some fresh legs is exactly what the home side needs.
62 Oh dear, he's pushed it wide... and you can almost hear a pin drop.
60 The crowd get behind their home team and cheer them on with every metre gained. Now a roar erupts throughout the stadium after John Lacey awards a penalty to Biarritz, which could result in three more points for Yachvili...
57 DROP-GOAL, QUINS. Evans in the pocket, and bangs over a cheeky - yet crucial - drop-goal to extend his side's lead back to four points. He enjoyed that! 9-13
55 Evans hoists a high one, and the tactic has paid off as Brown chases and gathers. Quins put four more phases together as George Robson and then Joe Gray take it up futher. They've got the momentum behind them, that's for sure... but how long what it last?
53 PENALTY, BIARRITZ. Yachvili's golden boot does it again! Three more points for the hosts, who are now just one point behind Quins! 9-10!
51 Harinordoquy taking some time to get up, looks like mud in the eye. He was stuck at the bottom of a ruck, and as he gets to his feet he sees the ref has awarded a penalty to his team which is once again in kicking range for Yachvili.
48 Biarritz get their groove on, as Baby draws his man and puts Brew into space. The heavy surface underfoot slows him down, but still manages to put the visitors under some pressure, as he makes some hard yards for his team.
46 PENALTY, BIARRITZ. And the former France scrum-half does just that! 6-10!
45 Whoa! The Biarritz forwards put in a mighty big shove and shove Quins off the ball. Now the visitors are on the backfoot, and concede a penalty. It's bang in front of their posts, so no doubt Dimitri Yachvili will step up and add try cut the deficit to four points...
43 Barley three minutes in and we have the first scrum of the match following yet ANOTHER knock-on... it was Biarritz prop Ben Broster who put it down, so Care will feed the two packs.
Second half Welcome back! Both sides are sporting cleaner jerseys, but it won't last long as Jean-Pascal Barraque kicks off for the home team.
Half-time BIARRITZ 3-10 HARLEQUINS
40 The ref looks at his watch and decides to spare the players from getting even more drenched from the rain, after Evans hoofs the ball into touch. Quins in front, but it's still anyone's game folks! See you in a few...
38 We're just a couple minutes from half-time and no doubt both teams are gunning for a score before the break. Harlequins dig deep to survive another threatening Biarritz maul, and do well to turn over possession.
35 YELLOW CARDS. Trouble for both sides after Wenceslas Lauret and Joe Marler are sent to the sin-bin to cool off after throwing some punches. Both teams down to 14 men.
32 CONVERSION, QUINS. Evans lines up the tricky conversion from far out, but nails it! 3-10!
31 TRY, QUINS. Once again, it's Tom Guest who takes at the back, and this time the number eight bulldozes his way over the tryline for the softest of tries. But in these weather conditions, any five-pointer will do!
30 It's getting harder and harder to tell the jerseys apart out there! Care puts in a deft kick towards the corner for Williams to chase. Iain Balshaw has some work to do, and does well to slide the ball into touch 5m from his line... which means an attacking line-out for Quins.
28 Tom Guest takes at the line-out, and the forwards get the maul on... they manage to make eight or so metres before the French outfit push their opposition into touch.
25 Scrum-time and Quins win a penalty after the Biarritz front-row is pinged for early engagement. Evans knocks the ball into touch, and sets up a line-out just outside the visitors' 22.
22 The rain continues to pour down... but despite the poor conditions, both sides are willing to run the ball whenever presented with it. Though the end result remains the same after Benoît Baby puts down the pigskin.
20 Chip over the top from Yachvili... Tom Williams takes and runs it back into the safety of his forwards. Care digs it out, and passes long out wide to Brown, but the ball hits the muddy turf and the full-back can't take. Aled Brew tries to stab ahead, but makes more of splash than anything else....
18 Line-out on Harlequins' 22, and it's Biarritz with the throw-in. Olly Kohn knocks on in an attempt to steal, so the hosts will have the put-in at the scrum.
15 PENALTY, QUINS. Nick Evans lines it up from bang in front and slots over his team's first points of the match! ...3-3!
14 Now the ball goes high, Mike Brown is underneath it. The full-back does well to take it in, and wins a penalty for his team.
11 PENALTY, BIARRITZ. The French on the attack once again, and this time manage to build a few phases together before a stray boot knocks the ball away from Dimitri Yachvili. The ref blows for a penalty, and Yachvili slots over the three points! 3-0!
8 Joe Marler on the charge now. The Quins prop steps out of one tackle but slips and loses the ball forward... Biarritz counter-attack, as Taku Ngwenya tries to get himself involved but goes backwards.
5 Now Quins cough up possession, and the Biarritz forwards get a maul going. They're 5m out from their visitors' line... the ball spills out on Harlequins side though, which allows Danny Care to clear.
3 First knock-on of the match and certainly not the last from these two teams after Biarritz centre Damien Traille can't hold on to the soap - er, ball!
1 And we're under way! Nick Evans kicks off for Quins in the heavy rain. The conditions here are miserable folks! Ball handling won't be easy, as Imanol Harinordoquy takes it in. The number eight is taken into touch, so we'll have a line-out early on...
Team news USA speedster Taku Ngwenya returns to the Biarritz starting line-up on the right wing with Iain Balshaw reverting to full-back. Former London Wasps prop Ben Broster starts at tighthead with Fabien Barcella on the opposite side of the scrum, with Imanol Harinodorquy returning at number eight and Raphael Lakafia moving to openside flanker.
Team news For Harlequins, England full-back Mike Brown will make his 200th appearance for the club, whilst Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe renew their centre partnership in midfield. In the forwards, there is one change as Tom Guest starts at number eight and is joined in the back-row with Maurie Fa'asavalu and captain Chris Robshaw.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Parc de Sports Aguiléra for this final round Heineken Cup clash between Biarritz and Harlequins! The reigning English champions have already qualified for the quarter-finals as runaway group leaders but they will want to secure top seed in the pairings. Qualification is a long shot for the French side, and they simply have to beat their hosts to come into the reckoning as qualifiers for the Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals.
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