Dimitri Yachvili is the key man, Betsen says
French legend Serge Betsen will have split loyalties this Saturday when Biarritz Olymique travel to Adams Park to take on London Wasps in the Quarter-Final of the Amlin Challenge Cup, KO 12:30.
A two-club man, Betsen joined Biarritz as a teenager in 1991 and played there for 17 years before joining Wasps in 2008, playing three seasons in the Black and Gold shirt.
Both clubs have struggled in their respective domestic leagues this season, finding themselves scrapping near the bottom of their tables, but Betsen is sure they both will see European action as a chance to show what they can do.
“This season has been very difficult for Biarritz especially because of the impact of the World Cup. They didn’t really target bringing in a lot of new players and I think that they have struggled from there. They have been fighting to make sure that they were not relegated and they are not performing as well as we are used to, but Wasps will have to be very careful when they come to Adams Park because they can be extremely dangerous. Both teams I think will look to play exciting rugby.”
Biarritz pulled off a huge win last weekend beating high-flying Clermont 15-14. It was a fourth win in a row for Biarritz who had been struggling in the league, and it saw them jump up to tenth in the standings, eight points clear of the drop zone.
Their key man in the win was Dimitri Yachvili kicking all of his team's points and Betsen says among the likes of Imanol Harinordoquy and Iain Balshaw, Yachvili is the team’s vital player.
“Yachveli is so important to Biarritz,” Betsen said.
“He brings the spirit and the passion of the club to his game and everyone follows his step. He is also a great kicker and has managed to kick a lot of points for Biarritz over the years, and Wasps will have to look out for him. If they make mistakes he can punish them.”
With Biarritz taking a giant leap towards safety with victory last weekend, Betsen says that he expects the French team to come to Adams Park with a lot of ambition,
“I think that their main focus is definitely on the league, but now that they know that they probably won’t be relegated, after beating Lyon and Clermont, they are settled well and I think that Wasps will have to take them very seriously. The French spirit and the French mind-set means that they might well play some of their best rugby in this competition because they have lifted some pressure off themselves.”
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