Written by Alex Goff    Saturday, 26 October 2013 13:07    PDF Print Write e-mail
Manoa Leads Saints - Overseas Update
International - Americans Overseas

It was USA player against USA player Saturday as the 2nd-place Northampton Saints took on 1st-place Saracens in Aviva Premiership action in England.

Manoa on his way to a score Saturday. Claire Jones, Red Hat Photo.USA lock/flanker Samu Manoa scored a brilliant try for the Saints, powering through two tackles and sidestepping another defender to touch down under the posts. Behind a Man of the Match performance from Manoa, Northampton handed Chris Wyles and Saracens their first league loss of the season.

Wyles, who had scored tries in each of the last two games for Saracens, started at outside center in the 41-20 decision.

With the victory, Northampton closes the gap between the Saints and Sarries. Saracens remains in 1st, but now only one standings point ahead of Northampton. Northampton can still be caught by Leicester, which plays Sunday. The Tigers will start Blaine Scully at wing against Wasps. USA center Andrew Suniula is not in the Wasps lineup.

Elsewhere overseas, Taku Ngwenya is eager to help Biarritz get out of the French Top 14 cellar.

The team has implemented some new tactics, Ngwenya said to the local press. The team wants to repeat the good things they did against Oyonnax. There is time in the season, Ngwenya added, and he said that with the return of some injured players, not least of whom is Imanol Harinordoquy, will help.

Also in France, Scott LaValla starts at flanker for Paris against Racing Metro. 

In Pro D2, Seta Tuilevuka is back in the starting lineup for Beziers against Albi. Inaki Basauri is still not suiting up for Tarbes as he shakes off an injury.

In Japan, Todd Clever is on the bench for NTT against Kobe Steel.