Biarritz rally to see off Calvisano
January 17, 2009
Hooker Benoit August scored a crucial second half try for the visitors
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Biarritz battled back from a half-time deficit to beat Calvisano 23-15 in their Heineken Cup Pool 6 clash at Centro Sportivo San Michele.
Fly-half Gerard Fraser kicked two early penalties to give the host the lead before Boarrtiz scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili hit back with three of his own. Fraser levelled things up two minutes before the break and still had time to add another to give Calvisano a narrow lead at the break.
Biarritz reclaimed the lead with a try from lock Cesar Damiani shortly after the break that was converted by Yachvili. Fraser reduced the arrears to one point with another penalty but a try from replacement hooker Benoit August and another conversion from Yachvili saw Biarritz home.
Calvisano: Luke McLean, Ludovico Nitoglia, Matteo Pratichetti, Garcia Gonzalo, Daniele Forcucci, Gerard John Fraser, Paul Griffen, Hoani Tui, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Ben Evans, Peter Sidoli, Cameron Treloar, Alessandro Zanni, Aaron Persico, Justin Purll
Replacements: Alistair McKenzie, Alejandro Moreno, Luca Beccaris, Filippo Cristiano, Pino Patelli, Nanni Raineri, Marko Stanojevic
Biarritz: Nicolas Brusque, Philippe Bidabe, Laurent Tranier, Andrea Masi, Ilikena Bolakoro, Marcelo Bosch, Dimitri Yachvili, Mosese Moala, Benoit Denoyelle, Benoit Bourrust, Manuel Carizza, César Damiani, Magnus Lund, Mohammed Dridi, Samiu Vahafolau
Replacements: Benoit August, Fabien Barcella, Trevor Hall, Peïo Som, Julien Peyrelongue, Romain Cabannes, Takudzwa Ngwenya
Referee: Andrew Small (England)