Eagles Abroad - Feb. 1, 2012
Eagle-eligible Hanno Dirksen was the star of the show this week after scoring a key try for the Ospreys against the Newport-Gwent Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Dirksen started and played 80 minutes as the Ospreys won the match 26-21. While it has been an up and down season for Dirksen, this is an excellent sign that he was able to maximize his time with many Ospreys players away on international duty.
Also in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith got the weekend off as the Saracens put out a very youthful squad in their 41-14 victory over Worcester.
While Wyles and Smith had the weekend off, Samu Manoa was busy in his usual spot, starting and going 67 minutes for Northampton in their 46-14 loss to Bath. Unfortunately, Chris Biller was not in the lineup for Bath and wasn’t able to join his former San Francisco Golden Gate teammate on the pitch.
Due to the Six Nations tournament, Tommy Seymour and the Glasgow Warriors had the weekend off.
Elsewhere in England, Shawn Pittman started and played 80 minutes at #3 from London Welsh. However, it wasn’t enough for the Exiles as they lost to the Cornish Pirates 27-6. Andrew Suniula didn’t dress for the Pirates. He may be carrying a knock.
Robbie Shaw dressed but didn’t play as Leeds beat Bedford 21-17. Mike MacDonald is still out after wrist surgery.
Down in France, Taku Ngwenya couldn’t replicate his trio of tries from last week, but he was able to contribute by starting and going 80 minutes for Biarritz in their 29-23 loss to Castres.
Scott LaValla’s Stade Francais faced off against Seta Tuilevuka’s Montpellier last Friday. Neither player dressed as Montpellier won 38-6.
Kevin Swiryn is still injured and may not return for the season. His team, Agen, lost 19-11 to Lyon.
Like most of the other players in France over the weekend, Inaki Basauri wasn’t in the lineup of Perigueux as they lost to Bourgoin 23-16 in their ProD2 encounter.
Around the world but not forgotten, Todd Clever started and played 62 minutes at his usual #8 for Suntory as they were victorious over Fukuoka Sanix 61-22.
In non-full-time rugby, Derek Asbun started for Oxford in their match against the Royal Air Force last week. Oxford won 29-19.
Lastly, Tim Usasz’s Barking beat Fylde in National 1 action. Usasz didn’t play, but rather is the head coach of the lower-division English side.