Sun 16 Jan 2022 | 08:21

French teen steers Bordeaux to victory over Scarlets

French teen steers Bordeaux to victory over Scarlets
Sun 16 Jan 2022 | 08:21
French teen steers Bordeaux to victory over Scarlets
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EUROPEAN CUP REPORT: Eighteen-year-old Louis Bielle-Biarrey starred on his Champions Cup debut as the Union Bordeaux-Begles fullback notched a hat-trick in their 45-10 win over Scarlets.

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Last year’s beaten semi-finalists notched seven tries – Cameron Woki, Geoffrey Cros, Maxime Lamothe and Nans Ducuing the quartet to dot down in addition to the sensational teenager.

Scarlets mustered a pair of second half tries in response – Liam Williams and Gareth Davies on the scoresheet for the Welsh region.

Bielle-Biarrey was named in a much changed XV for the hosts which included Argentinian international Santiago Cordero at scrum-half for the first time in Bordeaux colours.

The opening try of the contest came mid-way through the first half, and was certainly worth the wait. Scarlets Liam Williams mishandled a high ball allowing Bordeaux to capitalise.

A free-flowing passing combination involving Matthieu Jalibert and Cordero opened up the Scarlets defense before Jalibert offloaded at the last second to Woki who capped-off a sensational try.

The lead was doubled moments later. Cordero timed an offload to perfection as he hit Bielle-Biarrey at full speed as he dissected the Scarlets defensive line, powering his way through a tackler to dot down under the posts.

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Williams’ afternoon went from bad to worse on the half hour as he was sent to the sin bin. Bordeaux took full advantage, Jalibert unleashed a long pass out to the right for Bielle-Biarrey who in turn found Geoffrey Cros for the third try of the contest.

Bielle-Biarrey’s second try of the afternoon came four minutes into the second half – Jalibert again the creator. Jalibert’s pass was juggled by the full-back, but he grasped the ball at the second attempt, crossing the whitewash untouched.

Scarlets then got on the scoreboard with a try of their own. A sumptuous cross field kick from replacement Rhys Patchell was picked up by Liam Williams, the full-back dotted down with a superman dive in the corner.

Cordero then turned provider again for Bordeaux’s fifth try. A Patchell clearance was caught by the Argentinian who ran through a gauntlet of would-be tacklers before finding Lamothe in space, the replacement hooker finishing the move.

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Davies then intercepted a cross field kick for Scarlets before racing the length of the field for a second try for the Welsh. Bordeaux responded within minutes as Nans Ducuing benefitted from a Bastien Vergnes offload to notch the hosts’ sixth try.

There was still time for Bielle-Biarrey to complete his hat-trick, he walked into the corner off the back of a well worked Bordeaux scrum, completing the rout.

The scorers:

For Bordeaux-Begles:
Tries: Woki, Bielle-Biarrey 3, Cros, Lamothe, Ducuing,
Cons: Jalibert 3, Bielle-Biarrey, Cordero

For Scarlets
Tries: L Williams, G Davies

Bordeaux: 15 Louis Bielle-Biarrey, 14 Geoffrey Cros, 13 Ulupano Seuteni, 12 Yoram Falatea-Moefana, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Maxime Lucu (captain), 8 Alban Roussel, 7 Bastien Vergnes, 6 Cameron Woki, 5 Jandré Marais, 4 Thomas Jolmes, 3 Vadim Cobilas, 2 Clement Maynadier, 1 Thierry Paiva
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Jefferson Poirot, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Pierre Bochaton, 21 Yann Lesgourgues, 22 Matthieu Jalibert, 23 Federico Mori

Scarlets: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Jonathan Davies (captain), 12 Scott Williams, 11 Steff Evans, 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Sione Kalamafoni, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Blade Thomson, 5 Aaron Shingler, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Wyn Jones
Replacements: 16 Marc Jones, 17 Phil Price, 18 Samson Lee, 19 Morgan Jones, 20 Carwyn Tuipulotu, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Ioan Nicholas

Referee: Karl Dickson (England)
Assistant referees: Mike Hudson (England), John Meredith (England)
TMO: Tom Foley (England)

PV: 5
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