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Monday 20 November 2017

Biarritz stunned by Aironi

Aironi 28 Biarritz 27

Julien Laharrague scored a late drop goal to hand Aironi a dramatic victory over Biarritz.

It looked a straightforward case of top against bottom but Aironi ripped up the script, keeping pace with their opponents throughout before stealing the points two minutes from time in an entertaining clash at the Stadio Luigi Zaffanella.

After an early penalty from Tito Tebaldi -- the first of four successful kicks from him, Biarritz earned a penalty try and a second score from Takudzwa Ngwenya.

The crowd continued to be entertained, with Iain Balshaw and Charles Gimenez crossing for Biarritz and James Marshall, Nick Williams and Matteo Pratichetti touching down for the hosts.

Dimitri Yachvili slotted two conversions and a penalty as the visitors looked to have secured a slender win, only for Laharrague to turn the match on its head.

Scorers -- Aironi: Marshall, Williams, Pratichetti tries; Tebaldi 2 pens, 2 cons; Laharrague dp gl. Biarritz: Penalty, Ngwenya, Balshaw, Gimenez tries. Yachvili 2 cons, pen.

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