Racing Metro and Biarritz get the wins

Updated: December 15, 2012

Racing Metro kept alive their bid for a spot in the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup with a hard-fought 15-3 win in a dire affair at rain-swept Murrayfield, while Connacht were unable to repeat their heroics of a week ago as Biarritz won out 17-0 in horrendously wet conditions at the Parc des Sports Aguilera.

In a battle of the boot at Murrayfield, Olly Barkley and Gaeton Germain kicked penalties inside the first seven minutes with Piers Francis cutting the French side’s lead after 27 minutes. But the former Waikato Chiefs flyhalf was guilty of five misses out of six attempts on a rain-swept night while Germain was successful with three second half penalties. The win took Racing to the top of Pool One ahead of Sunday’s match between Saracens and Munster.

Torrential rain reduced the Stade Aguilera pitch in Biarritz to a virtual swimming pool as the French side set about avenging their shock 22-14 defeat to Connacht in Ireland last weekend. Dmitri Yachvili kicked a third-minute penalty before his team had a try ruled out when Takudzwa Ngwenya aquaplaned into touch before he was able to ground the ball. However, Biarritz grabbed a deserved lead on the half hour when Iain Balshaw darted between a gap left wide open by Dan Parks to score with Yachvili succeeding with a tricky conversion from the touchline for a 10-0 lead at the interval. Fijian replacement Seremaia Burotu grabbed a last-minute try, converted by Yachvili, to give Biarritz a 17-0 victory.

But Biarritz remain five points behind Pool Four leaders Ulster, who are at home to Northampton on Saturday.