Wallabies abroad: Chiefs finish 2017 on a high

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by Beth Newman

There were plenty of Aussies facing off as 2017 wound down last weekend, led by England. 

Lachie Turner scored a try for Exeter in a big win over Leicester, with plenty of familiar faces on both sides.

Tatafu Polota-Nau made his starting debut for Leicester, playing 53 minutes and finishing with an incredible 13 tackles.

Nic White came on in the 53rd minute at scrumhalf for the Chiefs, while Matt Toomua was solid at inside centre for the Tigers, alongside winger and former Aussie Sevens star Nick Malouf.

James Horwill is still recovering from injury, missing a massive Harlequins win over Northampton, with Saints centre Rob Horne scoring a try on a tough day.

Will Skelton played 73 minutes for a resurgent Saracens as they beat Worcester.

There was no Jono Lance for the Warriors, with the Rebels flyhalf back in Australia after a three-month contract wrapped up with Worcester.

Saia Faingaa put in a monstrous defensive effort for London Irish in a tough loss to Newcastle, making 14 tackles after starting at hooker.

James Hanson’s Gloucester edged out Sale, though James O’Connor scored a try for the Sharks playing at fullback.


Bath 26 - Wasps 31

Gloucester 20 - Sale 16

London Irish 15 - Newcastle 20

Saracens 46 - Worcester 31

Harlequins 50 - Northampton 21

Exeter 30 - Leicester 6

TOP 14

Liam Gill (left) celebrates his Lyon try. Photo: AFPLiam Gill found the try line again for Lyon in the Top 14, as they ended their 2017 on a good note.

Gill scored in the 57th minute of his 65 minutes in the a 35-23 win , that came against the odds, after a 39th minute red card.

Mike Harris was given just two minutes of game time for Lyon, while former Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen played at blindside for Pau.

Luke Jones was at six for Bordeaux, in the final match under coach Jacques Brunel, set to take over the France job.

It was a 22-12 loss to Stade Francais for Jones, against former Rebels teammate and now Samoa international Paul Alo-Emile.

Joe Tomane took to Twitter to apologise for a disappointing outing for Montpellier in a shock loss to cellar-dwellers Brive.

Jesse Mogg was at fullback for Montpellier in the surprise defeat, in which they conceded 22 unanswered points.

Peter Betham was at inside centre for Clermont in a 27-31 loss to Castres, in which eight yellow cards were dished out, Clermont losing three men and the victors losing an incredible five over the 80 minutes.


La Rochelle 47 - Agen 6

Stade Francais 22- Bordeaux 12

Brive 29 - Montellier 10

Oyonnax 12 - Racing 92 16

Toulouse 18 - Toulon 13

Lyon 35 - Pau 23

Clermont 27 - Castres 31

PRO 14

Christian Lealiifano’s Ulster will take on Munster on Wednesday morning (AEDT), while Scott Fardy will clash with ex-Brumbies teammate Jarrad Butler when Leinster play Connacht. 


Zebre 16 - Benetton 20

Glasgow 17 - Edinburgh 0

Cardiff 11 - Scarlets 14

Dragons 9 - Ospreys 22


The Japanese Top League will resume in the second week of the new year.