Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Biggar puts boot into Biarritz

Dan Biggar

Ospreys forwards coach Jon Humphreys hailed an "exceptional" performance by fly-half Dan Biggar after a 28-21 Heineken Cup victory over French heavyweights Biarritz.

Biggar delivered an immaculate goal-kicking display, booting seven penalties and a conversion for a 23-point haul. It is almost a year since Biggar last featured for Wales, not winning representative honours since a painful 16-16 draw at home to Fiji last November.

But he performed with exactly the level of maturity and composure required to guide the Ospreys through a tricky Pool Five opener at Liberty Stadium, with an ecstatic Humphreys saying: "I thought he was exceptional."

He added: "He is fantastic for us. He is diligent and the best-prepared player in our team. He leaves no stone unturned.

"He deserves all the plaudits he gets. Do we want him back in the Wales set-up? Yes. Will we miss him if he is back in the Wales set-up? Yes."

Former England wing Iain Balshaw scored two tries for Biarritz, but his opposite number Tommy Bowe's second-half touchdown - and Biggar's unswerving accuracy - ensured a winning Ospreys start.

Biggar finished just three points short of equalling Gavin Henson's Ospreys Heineken Cup record of 26 against Harlequins seven seasons ago. And it is now 17 games since the Ospreys lost a Heineken Cup match at home.

At times, they made hard work of it, struggling for fluency in their attacking game, but with Biarritz regularly conceding penalties Biggar was in no mood to let them off the hook.

Humphreys added: "We are happy with that. It was a difficult first game against a Biarritz side with their stars returning from the World Cup.

"It was a bit of a stop-start game, but we showed great resolve in the second half and to defend like we did during the last five minutes."

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