Written by Alex Goff    Sunday, 11 December 2011 16:53    PDF Print Write e-mail
US Front-Rowers in Close Games Overseas
International - Americans Overseas

Chris Biller made his first start for Bath Sunday, running on as the hooker in their Heineken Cup match with Leinster.

It didn’t turn out to be Bath’s day, however, as Bath went down 18-13 to the Irish team, dropping to 1-2.

Biller was heavily involved in the buildup to Bath’s only try. His half-break and smart work in contact set the platform for Jack Cuthbert’s try. That put Bath up 13-12, but they couldn’t hold it.

Also active on Sunday, Leeds won 14-13 over Cornish Pirates. The Pirates didn’t use Andrew Suniula and Leeds didn’t usa Robbie Shaw, but Mike MacDonald started at loosehead prop for Leeds and was instrumental in the victory.

MacDonald’s defense set the tone in a tense encounter. He also was key, twice, in the buildup to Michael Stephenson’s try. At one point MacDonald was in the backline and slid to his knees to grab a low pass and, as he was still sliding, offloaded a perfect pass to his support. Two phases later, MacDonald’s surge through traffic gave his team enough go-forward to set up the try.