victory built and in sobriety of Biarritz (32-23)

In addition to the victory against Oyonnax, the soundtrack did not go far from success in two of the three other meetings (against Mont-de-Marsan with a defensive bonus and through the draw at Nevers) and this is one of the satisfactions by Shaun Sowerby, forwards coach. This last…

In addition to the victory against Oyonnax, the soundtrack did not go far from success in two of the three other meetings (against Mont-de-Marsan with a defensive bonus and through the draw at Nevers) and this is one of the satisfactions by Shaun Sowerby, forwards coach. The latter remembers that his team is never dropped to the score and fights until the end.

This Friday evening, facing Carcassonne and in front of shy and clear stands, the Biarrots set up the first stones of this construction of which they speak so much. After a successful first half in attack, obtained by Barry, they knew how to manage their weak times and the few highlights of the second – again by Barry – to prevent Carcassonne from believing in a comeback. And above all to win (31-23).

Creation vs realism

However, beware of impressions, they can be misleading. The first half precisely the one that the soundtrack wanted to talk about his young confidence and his potential qualities, for the moment seen in dotted lines. The links were used more fluidly and the players, authors of solid performances from the start, reaped the benefits. Winger Steeve Barry, who had already scored twice against the Montois, scored the first try at the end of the line after a shift taken by Cadot and a final pass from Dixon (2nd, 7-0).

Couilloud remained on this generated, with an interval taken after a touch captured with the tip of the fingers by Dixon. The scrum half made the last pass, when being caught, for the conclusion of Speight (13th, 14-0th). Erdocio took advantage of the numerical inferiority of the opponent (yellow from Marti) to add his touch in force, in a trickster hole (28th, 21-7).

Until then, the Basques seemed to have the game under control. Until slowly losing their speed and being put to sleep by the realism of Carcassonnais yet without too many solutions in attack. The latter then fell back on the work of the big ones, with two tries for two intrusions into the BO camp. Add a sensitivity from Mouchous before half-time and the impression of local domination was nuanced by the scoreboard (21-17). Almost frustrating when thinking about a rather well-established conquest, a lot of activity from Dyer, Dixon and Jalagonia, the danger initiated by Jonas and the beautiful gestures in the game.

And again Barry…

Upon returning from the locker room, everyone put on their little show: online pass for Biarrots, big stamps in the shields for Audois. A sign for the future? Not good in any case for Erdocio, price to extend the break with a yellow card for repeated faults (43rd). Biarritz side, was it time to inspire, blow, inspire, blow, as players often do in a circle and let the storm pass? Surely, especially since the foot of Mouchous left the Carcassonne in contact (24-23, 57th).

As in Nevers, the BO let its outposts pick up the thread of the match and make the discreet evening audience sing again. With an action played by hand by the forwards and a half-provocative half-lucky chistera, Germain sent his winger, former septist, Barry, in a conclusion as he has experience with no less than 187 games in France team at seven: corner (29-23, 62e). Above all, we had to be satisfied with it because the game did not find the flights of the first half, but turned into a mental and physical battle.

Last sign of this work in progress on the Biarritz side, the appetite of Barry, always, and of Soury who wanted to play the latest novelty in touch for the bonus and not to try it. But Millar remained wise or aware of his team’s ever-present fragility and pointed to the posts for Bosch’s precision. The latter and Soury had precisely the lucidity to barely savor this victory after the match. We will at least have to leave from there in a fortnight, in Montauban (Thursday October 6, 9 p.m.). Last sign of this work in progress on the Biarritz side, the appetite of Barry, always, and of Soury who wanted to play the latest novelty in touch for the bonus and not to try it. But Millar remained wise or aware of his team’s ever-present fragility and pointed to the posts for Bosch’s precision. The latter and Soury had precisely the lucidity to barely savor this victory after the match. We will at least have to leave from there in a fortnight, in Montauban (Thursday October 6, 9 p.m.).

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