Eagles Abroad - December 5, 2011
Taku Ngwenya can’t stop scoring and Chris Biller makes his debut.
Taku Ngwenya continues to show why he is one of the best wingers in the world with another try and 80 minutes for Biarritz. This time his try came courtesy some hard work by Biarritz to force Montpellier into a turnover, and then a nice set of passes that eventually led to Taku touching down in the corner. Unfortunately, that was the only try of the game for Biarritz as they lost 30-23.
Seta Tuilevuka didn’t dress for Montpellier but should be returning to the squad very soon. The win puts Montpellier in 8th place while Biarritz are still stuck at the bottom of the Top 14.
Things haven’t improved for Kevin Swiryn as he continues to sit for Agen who beat Bayonne 37-18. Agen are a surprising 4th in the standings.
Scott LaValla was also a spectator as Stade Francais beat Racing Metro 29-3 on Saturday. Stade are 6th in the standings.
Staying in France but in the Pro D2, Inaki Basauri continues to start at lock for Perigueux. Inaki played 69 minutes as his team lost to Pau 26-14.
In the Aviva Premiership, Chris Biller made his professional debut, coming on in the second half and playing 23 minutes as Bath lost to Sale 16-13. It was a solid debut for Biller who helped bring energy to the Bath pack, but it wasn’t enough to help his team as Bath gave up a couple penalties that cost them the match.
Chris Wyles started and played 80 minutes at outside center as Saracens edged out a 15-11 win over fellow Londoners, London Irish. Hayden Smith is out with a broken hand.
It was a wild game between Northampton and Leicester with Alesana Tuilagi and Tom Wood both getting sent off in the first half. The sending off led to Samu Manoa’s appearance off the bench in the 33rd minute. Leicester prevailed however, 30-25.
In the RFU Championship, Shawn Pittman started and played 72 minutes as London Welsh beat Bedfore 25-24. The win temporarily gave the Exiles first place in the Championship, until Bristol won on Sunday.
To regain first place, Bristol had to beat Mike MacDonald, Robbie Shaw, and Leeds. Bristol won 33-19. MacDonald went 60 minutes at his usual prop, while Robbie Shaw came off the bench and played the last 22 minutes against his old team. He talked to Carnegie TV after the match. The loss means Leeds are 7th in the Championship.
Andrew Suniula wasn’t in the lineup as the Cornish Pirates beat London Scottish 42-10. Pirates sit in 4th place.
In the RaboDirect Pro 12, Hanno Dirksen came on in the 48th minute as the Ospreys beat Munster 19-13. The win puts the Ospreys in 2nd place, trailing Leinster by one point.
Tommy Seymour didn’t dress for Glasgow Warriors as they drew with the Newport-Gwent Dragons 14-14 on Sunday.
Elsewhere, Americans Derek Asburn and Jason Law are preparing for Thursday’s Varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge. Asburn is starting for Oxford, while Law is on the bench.
Over in Japan, Todd Clever once again was not in the lineup for Suntory as they beat the Honda Heat 45-14. After 5 matches, Suntory are in 2nd place in the Top League, only behind Toshiba Fuchu Brave Lupus on bonus points.