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Overseas Update - Happenings in South Africa and France

Saturday Aug 22, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Other International News

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USA captain Todd Clever did what he could but was unable to lift the Xerox Lions over Western Province in South African Currie Cup action Saturday.

Clever set up the Lions’ first points, gathering a loose ball off a kick to start a long period of Lions pressure that resulted in a penalty. At 22 minutes he set up the Lions’ sole try, taking an inside pass off some good work by the whole Lions team, breaking through with one man to beat, and feeing scrumhalf and skipper Jano Vermaak with a snappy pass for the touchdown.

That try put the Lions up 8-7, but they couldn’t hold it, and Western Province emerged 25-20 winners.

In Division I, it was more tough news as Chad Erskine and the Eastern Province Mighty Elephants went down 15-6.

In Europe, Chris Wyles helped Saracens beat Agen 33-23 in preseason play. Hayden Smith starts for Saracens against London Welsh on Sunday.

In France, Castres is looking to get their second win in a row against Bourgoin. Salesi Charles Sika didn’t play last week or this week because he needs more time off.

Not so for Takudzwa Ngwenya, who helped his team rebound from their opening season 24-12 loss to Castres. Biarritz defeated SCA Albi 39-6.

Mike MacDonald was not in the Leeds team this weekend as he and other overseas players wade through visa issues.

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