Wednesday Sep 23, 2009 in Elite Level Rugby Overseas Pros
It was a relatively quiet week for Americans overseas, but one where most ended up on the winning side.
Chris Wyles helped Saracens to their third straight Guinness Premiership victory 22-9 over Harlequins. Wyles got a ten-minute rest for a high tackle, but otherwise acquitted himself well. Hayden Smith, who has been playing regularly for the Saracens A side, did not play.
Saracens is now tied with Wasps for first in the league.
Leeds lost again, but are not last, as at 0-2-1 they are a little better off than 0-3 Harlequins. Leeds continue to be without 2008-09 captain Mike MacDonald, due to visa problems.
Also in England’s Championship Division (one level below the Premiership), Tim Usasz helped Nottingham to a 31-20 victory over Moseley. Usasz started at scrumhalf.
Robbie Shaw is back from injury and stepped in at scrumhalf off the bench during Bristol’s 36-10 win over Rotherham. Bristol is 3-0 and tied with Bedford for 1st place. Nottingham is 2-1 and 5th.
Elsewhere in the UK, Scott Lavalla started at lock for Trinity as they defeated Clontarf 30-23. Will Johnson started at prop for Oxford as they lost 27-20 to Gael Force, a Scottish compilation team of players from Edinburgh and Glasgow. The game was played at the home of Scottish rugby, Murrayfield.
In France, Takudzwa Ngwenya helped Biarritz to a 15-12 win over Brive. Salesi Sika helped Castres to a 9-6 win over Racing Metro. Castres is 4-1-1 and 5th in the French Top14, while Biarritz is 4-3 and 6th.
In Pro D2 in France, Inaki Basauri and Lannemezan fell 23-11 to Dax and sit 16th out of 16 in that competition with a 1-4 record.
In South Africa, Todd Clever got the week off as the Lions lost 36-31 to the Giquas. In the Currie Cup First Division, Chad Erskine came on at 60 minutes at scrumhalf for the Mighty Elephants as they beat Valke 44-8.