Sunday Sep 6, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Overseas Pros
In action from clubs with USA players this weekend:
Takudzwa Ngwenya scored a try for Biarritz as they defeated Stade Francais 30-22 to move to 2-3 in the French Top 14. Ngwenya’s try moved his side to 30-15 and ensure they not only won, but kept the Parisian side from earning a bonus point.
Castres and Salesi Sika defeated Montpellier 33-18 to go 3-0 in the Top 14. Castres had missed two games due to the flu, but are back on track and looking for a much improved season.
Also in France, Lannemezan (Inaki Basauri) lost to Narbonne 16-13 in Pro D2.
In England’s 2nd-tier league Tim Usasz was back starting for Nottingham. Known as “The Boss” on the team for his leadership abilities and vocal approach, Usasz was unable to drag his side to victory, as they lost 24-13 to the Cornish Pirates.
Bristol won 28-23 over London Welsh, however Robbie Shaw did not play.
In the Guinness Premiership in England, Saracens won on Saturday 18-14 over London Irish to open the season. Chris Wyles started for Sarries and set up a crucial try. Hayden Smith did not play. Mike MacDonald is still awaiting visa clearance to join Leeds, which tied Newcastle 9-9 in their opening Premiership match.
Trinity (Scott LaValla) lost 26-10 to Clontarf in the Lienster League in Ireland.
Todd Clever got some late game work for the Xerox Lions in their 20-16 loss to the Cheetahs. Clever came on at 68 minutes but the Lions were unable to come back to win.
Chad Erskine was on the subs bench for the Mighty Elephants during their DI Currie Cup 29-16 win over the Griffons. Erskine was not used.