No rest for the wicked as several USA players who were with the Eagles over November got right back into action this weekend.
Here’s a rundown of who did what:
In England, Chris Wyles started at outside center for Saracens as they defeated Sale 24-19 in front of 7,000 at Allianz Park (about 5,000 more than saw the Eagles beat Russia the week before at the same venue). Wyles put in a lot of work, especially in defense.
Video: Wyles and teammates give post-game thoughts.
Samu Manoa started at lock and scored a try for Northampton as the Saints dispatched Worcester 33-10. This was a tough game for Northampton, but Manoa was, once again, a huge factor.
Blaine Scully started at right wing for Leicester as the Tigers won 22-17 over Gloucester.
Full match here.
Also in the Premiership, Wasps lost to London Irish, but Andrew Suniula, perhaps the in-form USA player at the moment, wasn’t used.
All three starting Eagles played important roles in their teams’ victories, and are right there in the mix in the standings, too. Saracens leads the Premiership with a record of 8-1-0 and 36 points. Northampton, 7-1-1, is just two points behind in 2nd. Leicester, with their victory, improved to 5-3-1 and 26 points, good for 5th. They are only two points out of a playoff spot.
Wasps is 4-5 and 7th.
More USA players got on the scoresheet in France.
Taku Ngwenya, left off the USA roster this month, scored one of two tries for Biarritz, but the struggling Basque club could not pull out a victory and lost 22-15 to Bordeaux.
Scott LaValla did not score a try, and came on as a sub for Stade Francais as the Paris club won 23-0 over Toulon. The victory moved Paris closer to Toulon, up to 5th and 8-5. Biarritz remains in last place, at 3-10, and has a lot of work to do to get out of that spot.
Seta Tuilevuka was also a try-scorer, as his 60th-minute touchdown secured a victory for Beziers in France’s Pro D2 25-18 over Bg-en-Bresse. Tarbes lost 21-15 to Mont-de-Marsan but Inaki Basauri did not play.
Beziers is 13th in the 16-team league, and Tarbes is 9th.
In Japan, Todd Clever did not play as NTT Shining Arcs lost 38-36 to Kyushu Power in the 2nd round of the Top League competition. NTT has six more games on their slate from now through January 18.
In Italy, Nick Civetta started once again at lock for Lazio, as they lost 15-12 to Mogliano. Lazio now sits 9th in the 11-team Italian Eccellenza and they have a game in hand over teams 10 and 11.
Back in England in the Championship, Eric Fry started at loosehead prop for London Scottish as they celebrated St. Andrew’s Day with a 38-17 defeat of Moseley.
Robbie Shaw was a sub for Esher as they lost to Coventry 20-14.