Harlequins defeat Biarritz in rugby European Cup
- Published: 14/10/2012 at 08:49 AM
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New Zealand fly-half Ben Botica, the son of rugby league great Frano, was described as a "special" talent after kicking 18 points in Harlequins' 40-13 European Cup rout of Biarritz.
Harlequins' Danny Care (L) dives for Biarritz's Takudzwa Ngwenya (R) during their Heineken Cup round one rugby union match at The Stoop stadium in Twickenham, London, on October 13. Harlequins won 40-13.
Botica came on to replace former All Black Nick Evans who suffered a left ankle injury early in the first half of Saturday's game.
He put in such a sure-footed performance that Quins' director of rugby Conor O'Shea said he would have no problem in seeing the 23-year-old Botica stepping in for injured Evans at the Twickenham Stoop.
"Like father like son -- his goalkicking is pretty special. He ran the game really well and attacked the line," O'Shea said of a player signed earlier this year from North Harbour in New Zealand.
"It was the biggest match he's ever played in, so his performance was a massive, massive plus. Ben was outstanding."
Evans, meanwhile, faces a spell on the sidelines after leaving the ground on crutches.
"Nick will have his foot in a boot for a little while and we'll see what it's like," O'Shea said.
"There's no break but there's a little bit of damage. We need to wait 24-48 hours and get it scanned.
"He won't be available against Connacht next Saturday, that's for sure, but it will be weeks rather than months."
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