In a film finale, Biarritz beat Bayonne on penalties and rose to the Top 14


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In a film finale, Biarritz beat Bayonne on penalties and rose to the Top 14

Biarritz achieved promotion to the French Top 14 in a definition not suitable for the faint of heart. The local team beat Bayonne on penalties, after finishing tied 3 to 3 (6 to 6 in the supplementary), in an extremely dramatic game that was owned by the Argentine Mariano galarza in the light blue and white set.

Only tries were missing from a match that will be remembered by all fans. A final for the promotion / relegation that ended up in the hands of the team that looked for it a little more than its rival, but that above all else, had cold blood in decisive moments.

With Steffon Armitage as great figure of the evening, Biarritz took the lead just 30 minutes into the first half, thanks to an accessible penalty by Gilles Bosch. This was the only emotion of the first 40 minutes, where there was a lot of grit and little game on the part of both teams.

In the add-on, neither of them lowered the intensity, but it was Bayonne who was able to get water out of the stones and match things up with a Lafage penal at 12 minutes. That would also be the only alteration in the score, beyond the unsuccessful efforts of the two teams and the fear of risking not to lose.

The lengthening went almost unnoticed. A penalty for each side left plate 6 to 6 and fate wanted the promotion to be defined by penalties. There, after matching the round of five without errors, Aymeric Luc failed his attempt for Bayonne and left the victory to Biarritz served. The ultimate responsibility fell at the feet of Steffon Armitage, who once again put on the hero’s cape and with a soft penalty unleashed madness and the celebration of all the local public.

It was irrepressible joy for some and dismay for Mariano Galarza and his colleagues from Bayonne. The two faces of a vibrant afternoon and with a definition that can hardly be forgotten for a long time.


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