Bayonne and Biarritz played out a 6-6 draw in the Basque derby on Friday in a result that does little for either of the struggling outfits.
Bayonne and Biarritz played out a 6-6 draw in the Basque derby on Friday in a result that does little for either side.
In a game that was scoreless until the half-hour, South African Jacques-Louis Potgieter was the man to finally break the deadlock for the hosts.
He then doubled his side's tally three minutes later but that lead was halved before the break when Dimitri Yachvili slotted his first points.
The scoring did not improve in the second-half as only a Yacvhili penalty – while Fabien Barcella was in the sin-bin – was recorded in a result that lifts Biarritz provisionally above Stade FranÃ§ais.
Pen: Potgieter 2
Pen: Yachvili 2
Yellow: Barcella (52 mins)
Bayonne: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Sam Gerber, 13 Joe Rokocoko, 12 Gabiriele Lovobalavu, 11 Marvin O'Connor, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgeiter, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Dwayne Haare, 7 Julien Puricelli, 6 Guillaume Bernad, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Dewald Senekal, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 David Roumieu, 1 Aretz Iguiniz.
Replacements: 16 Gregory Arganese, 17 Pierre Lafond, 18 Abdellatif Boutaty, 19 Marc Raborau, 20 Cedric Garcia, 21 Matthieu Ugalde, 22 Lionel Mazars, 23 Renaud Boyoud.
Biarritz: 15 Iain Balshaw, 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya, 13 Benoit Baby, 12 Damien Traille, 11 Aled Brew, 10 Julien Peyrelongue, 9 Dimitri Yachvili, 8 Imanol Harinordoquy, 7 Raphael Lakafia, 6 Benoit Guyot, 5 Pelu Ian Taele, 4 Erik Lund, 3 Benedict Broster, 2 Arnaud Heguy, 1 Fabien Barcella.
Replacements: 16 Romain Ruffenach, 17 Eugene Van Staden, 18 Thibault Dubarry, 19 Talalelei Gray, 20 Yann Lesgourgues, 21 Jean Pascal Barraque, 22 Seremaia Burotu, 23 Francisco Gomez Kodela.
Referee: Mathieu Raynal