Wallabies Abroad: Taqele hat trick for Glasgow

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by Beth Newman

Taqele Naiyaravoro announced his arrival on the European stage with a hat-trick for Glasgow against Scarlets on the weekend.

The former Wallabies and Waratahs winger became just the second player to score three tries in a match for the Warriors, as they thumped Scarlets 43-6.

He could have had four had it not been for a five-pointer that was disallowed after he put his foot in touch.

It wasn’t all good news for Aussies overseas though.

George Smith was yellow carded in the final minutes of a dramatic encounter between Wasps and Bath.

With Wasps looking in control, Smith and teammate Lorenzo Cittadini were both sent to the bin, giving an opportunity for Bath’s Anthony Watson to score a last-minute try.

With scores level, it was left to George Ford to win the match with an 86th minute conversion.

The result put Bath two points behind Wasps in pool five and four points ahead of Toulon, after the French side picked up its first tournament win this season.

Toulon had a commanding win over Leinster on Monday morning, in a bid to put their stop-start early season form behind them.

Drew Mitchell and Matt Giteau both featured in the match, which gave the defending champions their first points of the tournament.

Mark Chisholm played the final 24 minutes for Munster as they went down to Leicester in Pool Four.

The Tigers are undefeated in the Champions Cup, nine points clear of Stade Francais, with an extra game played.

Sekope Kepu had his first start for Bordeaux in a thrilling 19-16 loss to the Ospreys, playing 50 minutes of the match.

Will Genia’s Stade Francais made an emphatic statement with a 50-17 thrashing of Italian side Benetton Treviso.

Genia played just over half the match, his second for his new team, as they ran in seven tries to three.

Former Melbourne Rebels prop Paul Alo-Emile played just 13 minutes at tighthead, while lock Hugh Pyle played all but the last six minutes of the game.

The Paris team has one game in hand in its Champions Cup pool, after one of its matches was postponed earlier in the season.

CHALLENGE CUP

Former Wallabies captain James Horwill started for the Harlequins in their easy 50-10 win over Rugby Calvisano, keeping their undefeated tournament run intact.

The Harlequins are five points clear of their pool opponents after three matches.

Former Melbourne Rebel Luke Burgess started at halfback for Zebre in a tough 27-19 loss to French side, La Rochelle.

Former Queensland Reds back Ben Lucas played at flyhalf in a nail biting 37-27 Montpellier loss to Cardiff.

JAPAN

Berrick Barnes’ Panasonic Wild Knights played out a surprise draw with Toshiba Brave Lupus, ending their undefeated Top League run.

Barnes booted two conversions and one penalty goal in the game and attempted a last-gasp drop goal to hand the Knights the win but couldn’t convert, leaving the sides drawn.

Back rower Ben McCalman was injected into the game in the 55th minute for the Wild Knights.

Lock Hugh McMeniman played the opening half hour for the Honda Heat in a tight 17-12 loss to the Kubota Spears.

Digby Ioane was injected in the second half of the loss, that leaves the Heat with just one win from the opening five Top League matches.

Bernard Foley’s Ricoh Black Rams had another loss, with the Wallabies flyhalf booting one penalty goal and one conversion in the 40-22 defeat against the Kintetsu Liners.

Mark Gerrard played 15 minutes in the Toyota Industries Shuttles 35-19 loss to the Canon Eagles.

The Shuttles have just one win from five matches.

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