Wallabies abroad: Betham stars for Clermont

by Sam Phillips

The final set of November Tests took centre stage at the weekend but there were plenty of Aussies in action in both Europe and Japan.


Brock James starred at flyhalf for La Rochelle, responsible for 14 of their 44 points in a big win over former All Black Conrad Smith and his struggling Pau outfit.

Leroy Houston and Ed Fidow both started for Bordeaux in their thrilling 27-all draw with Brive, the former crossing for one of his team's two tries.

Remarkably, that was not the only draw of the weekend, as Mitch Inman's Oyonnax erased a 29-10 half time deficit en route to force a stalemate against Sitaleki Timani, Peter Betham and Clermont, who had a Betham double to thank for 10 of their points.

Joe Tomane, Jesse Mogg and Montpellier didn't fire a shot against Racing 92, who kept the visitors scoreless in a 26 point win.Jake McIntyre's boot proved the difference. Photo: AFPJake McIntyre steered Agen's attack and his work off the kicking tee - slotting three penalties in the final quarter of the match - proved the difference in a 29-13 win over Paul Alo-Emile, Hugh Pyle and Stade Francais.

Zack Holmes and Toulouse got the better of Liam Gill, Mike Harris and Lyon, Holmes' try one of 17 unanswered points in the second term that clinched the 17-9 win.


James O'Connor steered Sale to an 18-15 win over Northampton and Jono Lance did the same for Worcester, slotting two conversions in his side's 31-27 win over Nick Malouf's Leicester.

Ben Tapuai squared off with old Reds teammate James Horwill in Bath's big 38-14 win over Harlequins, Ian Prior also suiting up for Quins in the loss.James Horwill and Harlequins couldn't get past Bath. Photo: Getty ImagesLondon Irish had Ben Meehan at halfback and Oli Hoskins at tighthead prop but they fell short in a 17-13 loss.

Exeter rolled out their Australian trio in Lachie Turner, Nic White and Greg Holmes and they came from behind to record a 20-18 win over Will Skelton's Saracens.


Scott Fardy's Leinster had a huge win 54-10 against the Dragons, in which they never got out of first gear.

Former Red Sam Johnson featured for Glasgow as they kept on rolling, scoring 33 points in the second term to claim a 47-6 win over Ospreys.