Eagles Abroad-December 20, 2011
We Want The Cup!
It was cup action for Americans Abroad as most were involved in the Heineken Cup, Amlin Challenge Cup, or the British and Irish Cup.
Headlining those playing abroad this week is Samu Manoa who started, played 80 minutes, and earned “man of the match” for his performance in Northampton’s 45-0 victory over Castres in the Heineken Cup. The win keeps the Saints hopes for advancement in the tournament alive. Samu talked to Saints TV about the win.
The Saracens traveled to Wales for a rematch with the Ospreys. The Ospreys hadn’t lost at home in the Heineken Cup in years, but Saracens made sure that came to an end with a 16-13 victory. Chris Wyles started and played 51 minutes while fellow American Hanno Dirksen came off the bench and played 24 for the Ospreys. Hayden Smith is still out with a broken hand. Saracens are on top Pool 5 while the Ospreys sit in third place. You can see highlights of the match here.
Also in Pool 5, Taku Ngwenya and Biarritz came out ahead of Benetton Treviso in their revenge match for next week 29-12. Ngwenya started and played 80 minutes. The win overturned Biarritz’s embarrassing loss last week.
Chris Biller had a rough outing in his second consecutive start for Bath. Even though he started, Biller was sent to the sin bin in the 54th minute and was substituted soon after returning. To cap it off, Bath lost big to Leinster 52-27. The loss dents Bath’s chance of advancing in the Heineken Cup.
Neither Tommy Seymour (Glasgow) nor Seta Tuilevuka (Montpellier) played in their teams 13 all Heineken Cup draw.
In the British & Irish Cup, Andrew Suniula started and played the whole game as the Cornish Pirates topped Welsh-club Cross Keys 30-3. Pirates remain perfect atop Pool 1.
Mike MacDonald and Robbie Shaw were both given the day off as Leeds lost to Pontypridd 18-7. The loss essentially eliminates Leeds from Pool 6.
Shawn Pittman also had the day off as London Welsh drew 24 all with Leinster ‘A’. The loss puts them in second place in Pool 4.
In the Amlin Challenge Cup, Kevin Swiryn didn’t dress in Agen’s 42-21 loss to Sale.
It was the same story for Scott LaValla, who wasn’t in the lineup for Stade Francais as they beat Crociati (Romania) 45-3.
Around the rest of the world, Todd Clever started and played 54 minutes before giving way to George Smith in Suntory Sungoliath’s 87-35 demolition of Coca-Cola.
Inaki Basauri continues to play well in France, starting and going the full match as Perigueux lost to Tarbes 21-22.