Wallabies abroad: Plenty of meat for Aussies overseas

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by Beth Newman

Taqele Naiyaravoro snatched a try playing at outside centre for the Panasonic Wild Knights, as a 13-point contribution from Berrick Barnes helped them to a 32-10 win over Kintetsu.

Anthony Fainga’a played 80 minutes at inside centre for the Liners, in that defeat to reigning champions Panasonic.

Digby Ioane scored a double for Honda, but it wasn’t enough to topple the ladder-leading Toyota Verblitz, who edged out the Heat, 32-30.

An 80th minute try to Yuki Kido meant the Verblitz hung on for the win over the bottom-placed Heat.

Wycliff Palu played a full match for Verblitz in the second row, while Ioane played on the Heat’s left wing, scoring in the 19th and 37th minute.

George Smith played out Suntory’s 23-17 win over Ricoh at number eight, with a 13-point second half securing the win.

Scott Higginbotham played a full match at number eight for the NEC Green Rockets in an 18-point loss to the NTT Communications Shining Arcs.


Peter Betham in action for Leicester. Photo: Getty ImagesPeter Betham had a mixed night at outside centre for Leicester, who went down to a rampaging Wasps side, 34-22, with the back yellow carded in the 78th minute of the loss.

Greg Holmes played 49 minutes at tighthead for Exeter, in his run-on debut for the Chiefs, with the side losing to Saracens 34-13.

Dave Dennis came off the bench in the second half, playing 39 minutes for the Chiefs.

Cooper Vuna crossed in the 31st minute for Worcester as the Warriors played out a thrilling draw with Gloucester.

Worcester hung on after a 51st minute red card to Alafoti Fa’osiliva, surviving a late surge from Gloucester for their first points of the year.

James Horwill played a full match at lock for Harlequins, in a 19-10 loss to Sale Sharks, giving the ‘Quins a 1-1 record after the opening two weeks.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper returned for Bordeaux on the weekend. Photo: AFPPeter Kimlin returned to Grenoble’s starting side in a 36-23 win over Brive, playing the full game at blindside flanker, in a brutal game where three players were red carded for a fight and another was caught on camera eye gouging his opponent.

Adam Ashley-Cooper snagged a try on his Top 14 return for Bordeaux, as they defeated Bayonne 40-20.

Ashley-Cooper played a full match on the right wing, taking just 18 minutes to find the line in the victory.

Sitaleki Timani came off the bench in the final stages of a big Clermont win over Racing 92, playing 13 minutes in the 47-10 victory

Mike Harris played just over a half for Lyon off the bench, though his side went down to La Rochelle, 43-18.

Liam Gill played 62 minutes at blindside flanker for Toulon in a 32-15 win over Toulouse, and Nic White came off the bench for the final 12 minutes of Montpellier's 41-13 win over Pau.