Eagles Abroad - Feb. 15, 2012
Hanno Dirksen simply cannot stop scoring. After touching down in each of his last two games, the American-eligible winger scored an electric try to pick up his third try in as many matches. In addition to scoring, Dirksen started and went the full 80 minutes as his Ospreys defeated Edinburgh 15-14. Even if the Six Nations weren’t still ongoing, it would be hard to see how Dirksen could return to the bench after his fine run of form.
Also in the RaboDirect Pro 12, Tommy Seymour started and played 80 minutes for the Glasgow Warriors as they beat Scarlets 19-9.
Meanwhile in the Aviva Premiership, Samu Manoa started and played his regular 80 minutes for Northampton as they lost to Gloucester 27-24. The big news this week has Manoa signing a three-year contract extension to stay at Saints.
Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith were both in the starting lineup as the Saracens overcame London Wasps 22-17 in a London derby match. Wyles played the whole match while Smith played 57 minutes in his return from trying out for the NFL. Paul Emerick was not in the lineup for Wasps but should look to make an impact this week once he has had an opportunity to get accustomed to his new side.
Chris Biller was not in the lineup for Bath as they beat Newcastle 30-14. Bath are ninth in the standings.
Elsewhere in England, Shawn Pittman and London Welsh saw their encounter with Doncaster postponed for a second week in a row due to a frozen pitch.
Also falling victim to a frozen pitch were Mike MacDonald, Robbie Shaw and Leeds who say their fixture against Nottingham postponed as well.
The Cornish Pirates were able to play but injury kept Andrew Suniula from appearing in the Pirates 19-14 win over Rotherham.
Tim Usasz wasn’t able to coach his Barking side over the weekend as their fixture was also postponed.
Oxford University was able to take to the pitch. Both John Law and Derek Asburn started.
Down in France, Taku Ngwenya continued to start and play 80 minutes for Biarritz. It wasn’t enough for his team, however, which continues to struggle, losing 20-15 to Toulouse.
Scott LaValla came off the bench and played 21 minutes for Stade Francais as they lost to Bayonne 26-20.
Also in France, Seta Tuilevuka was not in the lineup for Montpellier as they beat Perpignan 22-11. Kevin Swiryn and Agen had the week off, as did Inaki Basauri and Perigueux.
Over in Japan, Todd Clever and Suntory had the week off to prepare for their Top League playoff match against NEC Green Rocket this weekend.