Biarritz 15-10 Saracens
Saracens took on French side Biarritz away on Saturday afternoon, confident of achieving their second win of the Heineken Cup over the bottom-placed side in the French league.
However, they were in for a shock as the home side produced a brilliant display to shut out a decidedly average Sarries side.
The Premiership champions started strongly and were able to retain possession and put pressure on the Biarritz defence.
However, despite breaking through on a number of occasions Sarries were unable to finish of their chances.
The Men in Black seemed to lack the clinical edge that saw them put five past Treviso the previous week, and could not score any points in the first half.
While their attack was misfiring, Saracens’ defence was as strong as ever and the home side could not break them down – leading to the sides going in scoreless at half time.
The first score came after fifty minutes with a long-range Owen Farrell penalty, before Biarritz hit back with a wonder try.
Launching a counter-attack from their own half, French international Imanol Harinordoquy crossed in the corner.
The home side extended their lead with a penalty before they struck with an even better try.
A loose Saracens kick was collected deep in the Biarritz half, and USA international Taku Ngwenya waltzed through a fractured Saracens defence to put them 15-3 ahead.
With time counting down, Saracens were highly unlikely to win the game, and began to become frustrated by Biarritz’s spoiling tactics.
James Short was held up, before good hands finally saw Alex Goode over the line to secure the vital losing bonus point.
Sarries return to Premiership action next weekend with an away trip to Northampton, who are always difficult opponents.