Wallabies abroad: Turner try sinks O'Connor's Sharks

by Sam Phillips

The European clubs returned to their own leagues at the weekend, fresh off European Champions Cup fixtures.

Here's how each of the Australians fared for their respective clubs.


James O'Connor made his first league start for Sale and steered the side from flyhalf but couldn't get the Sharks over the line against Exeter, who had Lachlan Turner and Nic White in the starting XV.

Turner scored the only try of the match in the 10-6 win.

Jono Lance squared off with former Reds teammate James Horwill in Worcester's clash with Harlequins, the ex-Wallabies skipper getting the upper hand with a 41-35 win.Jono Lance couldn't get Worcester over the line against Harlequins. Photo: Getty ImagesThe loss means the Warriors are yet to register a win in their first seven games of the season.

Ben Meehan started at halfback for London Irish and Jake Schatz came off the bench but they were no match for Will Skelton's Saracens side, who went back to the top of the Premiership in the convincing 44-13 win.

Matt Toomua's knee injury isn't as bad as first thought but he still didn't take the field for Leicester at the weekend, Nick Malouf flying the Australian flag in their 30-13 win over Newcastle.

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Semi Radradra continued to make a big impression for Toulon, starting at outside centre and named man of the match in the French powerhouse's 41-24 win over cellar dwellars Brive.

Leroy Houston made a late entry for Bordeaux but he wasn't able to stop them from falling to Racing 92 but there was better news for Joe Tomane, who scored a try in Montpellier's tight win over Pau.

Curtis Browning and Mitch Inman started for Oyonnax, the former scoring a late consolation try as they fell 52-18 to Lyon.

Sitaleki Timani kept his string of starts for Clermont alive when he faced Paul Alo-Emile's Stade Francais, the former getting the desired result with a big 33-10 win.

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Christian Lealiifano picked up more valuable game time in his stint overseas, starting at flyhalf in Ulster's 25-10 loss to Leinster.

Jarrad Butler started at openside flanker for Connacht in their win over Munster and was awarded man of the match honours after a stellar performance.