Wallabies Abroad: Smith stars for Wasps

by RUGBY.com.au staff

Former Wallabies flanker George Smith was the star of the weekend for Wallabies based overseas this week.

Smith was a standout for the Wasps in their upset over defending champions Toulon, 32-6 in a side featuring former Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper.

Former Waratahs winger Peter Betham found the try line for Leicester as the Tigers defeated Benetton Treviso to move to the top of their Champions Cup pool.

Bordeaux-Begles, set to welcome Adam Ashley-Cooper and Sekope Kepu in the coming weeks, went down to Exeter 34-19 in the Champions Cup.

In the Challenge Cup, former Wallabies captain Ben Mowen notched a try in Montpellier’s 64-0 win over Rugby Calvisano, while James Horwill’s Harlequins beat Cardiff 32-20, though the Wallabies lock didn’t feature in the match.

Stade Francais’s match against Munster was postponed with the Paris-based club unwilling to stretch local authorities in the wake of recent attacks on the French capital.

The remainder of the France-based postponed fixtures are likely to be played in January, with officials confirming all games would be played but not on the weekend of November 27-29 or December 3-5.

Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley is still searching for his first Top League run after the Ricoh Black Rams went down to the Honda Heat 24-18.

Foley was on the bench for the Black Rams in their second loss in as many weeks, after arriving in Japan just under a fortnight ago.

Former Wallabies winger Digby Ioane featured late in the game for the Heat, coming into the game in the 69th minute.

Berrick Barnes’ accuracy in front of the posts helped the Panasonic Wild Knights continue their unbeaten run, with the former Wallabies 10 booting four conversions and two penalties as they defeated Kintetsu 47-27.

The Wild Knights also featured Wallabies back rower, Ben McCalman, in his second match for the side.

Scott Higginbotham’s NEC Green Rockets went down for the second week in a row, losing 46-12 to the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers, relegating them to last place in their pool.

Nick Cummins’ Coca Cola West Red Sparks went down to the Toyota Verblitz 35-18, with the former Force winger coming off the bench.

Mark Gerrard played the final 22 minutes of Toyota Industries Shuttles match against Yamaha Jubilo, though it was a tough night for the team going down 43-0.