Eagles Abroad - December 13, 2011
Chris Wyles and Samu Manoa Cross the Line in Heineken Cup Action.
Chris Wyles scored a crucial try for the Ospreys in front of 40,000 fans at Wembley Stadium to give Saracens a 31-26 Heineken Cup win. Wyles almost began the game in perfect fashion after it looked like he a scored in the corner, but it was judged that he was brought into touch. He would eventually get his try in the second half after some good work by himself and his teammates that eventually say Wyles cross the line. Saracens coach Andy Farrell made special note of Wyles effort to race back after being involved in the ruck to come back and get the ball. Wyles played the whole game for Saracens while Hayden Smith is out with a broken hand. Hanno Dirksen didn’t dress for the Ospreys.
Video highlights of the match, including Wyles try, can be seen here. (Note: if you watch the players’ reaction you can see Chris Wyles give Hayden Smith his new nickname-Frankensteing.)
It was almost as perfect of a day for Samu Manoa who also scored a try and played 80 minutes in the Heineken Cup. Manoa crossed the line in the 55th minute, but it wasn’t enough as Northampton lost to Castres 41-22. Samu started at Number 8 in a match mired with two yellow cards for the Saints.
Also in the Heineken Cup, Chris Biller made his first start and played the whole game for Bath. Biller was instrumental in the only try of the game, creating some space for Matt Banahan to score. Highlights of the game can be seen here.
Staying in the Heineken Cup, Taku Ngwenya started and played 80 minutes as Biarritz lost to Benetton Treviso 30-26. Biarritz are continuing to struggle both in the Europe and in France.
Neither Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier) nor Tommy Seymour (Glasgow) played in Glasgow’s 20-15 victory. Tuilevuka should be returning soon from injury.
In the Amlin Challenge Cup, Kevin Swiryn started and played 80 minutes for Agen as they lost to Sale 29-14. Highlights of Agen’s tries can be seen here. Agen play Toulon on Tuesday, but Swiryn is not in the lineup.
Scott LaValla didn’t make the game-day squad for Stade Francais as they ran over Crociati (Romania) in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
Returning to England and the RFU Championship, Mike MacDonald started and played 80 minutes for Leeds Carnegie as they squeaked out a 14-13 victory against the Cornish Pirates. Highlights of the match can be seen here. Robbie Shaw was out and not dressed for Leeds, as was Andrew Suniula for the Pirates.
Shawn Pittman was not in the London Welsh squad that lost to Nottingham 26-10. It is unclear if Pittman is injured.
Two Americans saw action in the annual Varsity Cup as Derek Asburn started for Oxford while Jason Law came off the bench to earn Blues. Oxford won the match 28-10.
Inaki Basauri saw his streak of consecutive starts come to an end as he didn’t dress for Perigeuex in their 26-0 loss to Mont de Marson.
Todd Clever continues to sit out as Suntory beat the Ricoh Black Rams 26-24.