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Peter Bills: Yachvili calls for all-round performance

Biarritz's playmaker knows the value of a dominant pack, writes Peter Bills

Peter Bills

Published 02/05/2010 | 05:00

Dimitri Yachvili is the conductor. If Biarritz are to find melody, a convincing rhythm and flow, their leader must inspire and perform.

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Today's Heineken Cup semi-final against Munster at San Sebastian, northern Spain, is no different to any other game in that respect. If Biarritz's rugby team is to produce a performance of triumph, then its principal conductor has to excel.

In truth, it has been thus for longer than either player or team might care to remember. In most teams, there are crucial performers, players who represent the heartbeat of the side. Ronan O'Gara with Munster, for example. Yet they can still win matches with O'Gara off form. It may be a lot harder but by no means impossible. Somehow, with Biarritz it is different.

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