To remember: Biarritz and the penalty shootout to climb to the Top 14


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To remember: Biarritz and the penalty shootout to climb to the Top 14

Biarritz got the promotion to the Top 14 by defeating Bayonne, after playing 80 minutes, overtime and finally a penalty shoot-out. Living up to the rivalry in this classic, both Biarrtiz and Bayonne They gave a repechage match with a lot from the attitude and little from the game. In regular time, none of the teams managed to overcome the intensity of their rival and they could barely score under the penalty area. Almost imitating the first two parts, the 20 minutes of extension also had conversions for each side.

With a score of 6-6, the teams defined who would play in the highest division of French rugby through penalties. Despite the pressure and nervousness generated by the situation, the batch started with five consecutive hits. It was Aymeric luc the one who ended this streak of converted penalties and left everything ready for the Biarritz celebration. The responsibility of hitting the mark to get promotion, and also sending the Pro D2 to his classic rival, was taken Steffon armitage, who with a soft penalty decreed the triumph of Biarritz.

Bayonne’s stay was short, which after a season and a half in the Top 14 will dispute the Pro D2. The team in which Mariano Galarza plays had achieved promotion to the highest category of French rugby in 2019 by winning the title in the Second Division. However, he failed to adapt to the category (last season was not completed due to the pandemic) and could barely sustain himself for a season and a half.


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