Wallabies abroad: Aussies making Premiership mark

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by Beth Newman

Aussie Sevens Olympian Nick Malouf is making a mark in the Premiership, with another try for Leicester helping the Tigers to a one-point win over London Irish.

Former Wallaby Matt Toomua helped set up England winger Jonny May for the try of the match.

Backrower Jake Schatz had his second game for the Irish in the nail biting clash, playing 63 minutes, making 11 carries for 38 metres.

Jake Schatz has played two games for the London Irish. Photo: Getty ImagesJames O’Connor played 34 minutes for Sale, replacing flyhalf Alan MacGinty, against Harlequins.

His former Wallabies teammate James Horwill missed the clash, after failing to be cleared of concussion.

Lachie Turner found the line for Exeter against Newcastle, making 103 metres in an impressive performance, with halfback Nic White also getting on the scorer’s sheet, playing 73 minutes for the Chiefs.

Rob Horne stayed home while Northampton visited Gloucester, with a shoulder injury hampering him after a solid start to his UK stint.

Ben Tapuai scored for Bath just before half-time as they scored a win over Worcester, in a 63-minute stint at inside centre, opposite former NRL star Ben Te’o.

Tapuai crossed over  with former Force teammate Jono Lance in the clash, with the latter making his Worcester debut after signing a medical joker contract with the Warriors.

Rebels hooker James Hanson is yet to play a match for Gloucester, since signing a short-term medical contract with the club.

RESULTS

Saracens 38 - Wasps 19

London Irish 27 - Leicester 28

Gloucester 29 - Northampton 24

Exeter 34 - Newcastle 24

Bath 29 - Worcester 13

Harlequins 42 - Sale 26

TOP LEAGUE

George Smith in action for the competition-leading Suntory. Photo: JRFUGeorge Smith found the line for Suntory as their regular season dominance continued in japan, beating promoted side Munakata Sanix 45-0.

Matt Giteau had the kicking duties early in the second half, slotting a perfect three-from-three off the boot.

David Pocock played 65 minutes as the Wild Knights continued their perfect start to the year, with a 32-3 win over Toyota.

Adam Ashley-Cooper played at fullback for Kobe Steel, as they fell just short against Canon, a loss that ended their undefeated run through the Top League so far this season.

RESULTS

Suntory 45 - Munakata Sanix 0

NTT Communications Shining Arcs 27 - NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes 18

Canon Eagles 31 - Kobe Steel 26

Panasonic Wild Knights 32 - Toyota Industries Shuttles 3

Ricoh Black Rams 6 - Toyota Verblitz 12

Kintetsu Liners 14 - Kubota Spears 28

Coca-Cola Reds Sparks 24 - Toshiba Brave Lupus 33

NEC Green Rockets 15 - Yamaha 35

TOP 14

Liam Gill was at openside flanker for Lyon, playing 58 minutes in a 25-6 win over Agen and his former Reds teammate Jake McIntyre.

Luke Jones helped Bordeaux to a narrow 30-27 win over Toulon, playing the full 80 minutes.

Peter Betham came off the bench in the 51st minute to feature in Clermont’s 28-18 loss to Toulouse.

Joe Tomane missed Montpellier’s loss to Stade Francais, still working his way back from a knee injury.

RESULTS

Stade Francais 31 - Montpellier 20

Bordeaux 30 - Toulon 27

Oyonnax 16 - Pau 19

Brive 27 - Castres 22

Agen 6 - Lyon 25

La Rochelle 16 - Racing 92 9

Toulouse 28 - Clermont 18

PRO 14

Scott Fardy played for Leinster against Munster. Photo: AFPScott Fardy started in the second row for Leinster, playing 69 minutes in their emotional win over fierce rivals Munster, 23-17.

Christian Lealiifano put in an immense defensive effort, starting at 10 for Ulster, making 11 tackels in their gritty win over Connacht.

Lealiifano reunited with former Brumbies teammate Jarrad Butler in the clash, with the flanker a Connacht regular.

South Africa’s Kings are still yet to find a win in their new competition, beaten by Italian side Benetton.

RESULTS

Benetton 31 - Kings 3

Ospreys 18 - Scarlets 19

Leinster 23 - Munster 17

Cheetahs 26 - Glasgow 29

Ulster 16  - Connacht 8

Edinburgh 16 - Zebre 15

Cardiff Blues 43 - Newport Gwent Dragons 29