Wallabies abroad: Aussies in European competition finals

International
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by Beth Newman

Australia’s Exeter contingent are in contention for a second straight Premiership title, with the semi-finals confirmed over the weekend.

Dave Dennis found the line for Exeter, as they romped home to beat Harlequins 41-10, while scrumhalf Nic White played 52 minutes for the Chiefs and Greg Holmes came off the bench in the 52nd minute.

It was a disappointing end to the regular season for Harlequins and their skipper James Horwill ended his season in the hospital, with surgery on a leg injury.

Tatafu Polota-Nau started for Leicester in a big win over Sale, while Matt Toomua was sidelined with a rib injury that he suffered in their match against Newcastle.

Lock Will Skelton played off the bench for Saracens in their final round win over Gloucester, featuring in the last 15 minutes.

Skelton could also taste some Premiership silverware, with Saracens through to the final four of the competition.

RESULTS 

Bath 53 - London Irish 10

Newcastle 22 - Wasps 39

Northampton 32 - Worcester 24

Sale 13 - Leicester 35

Saracens 62 - Gloucester 12 

FIXTURES

Semi-finals

Saracens vs Wasps

Exeter vs Newcastle 

TOP 14


Halfback Nick Frisby has played his last game for Bordeaux this season, 12 minutes off the pine, as hie finishes a short-term contract with the club.

Frisby is still contracted to the Reds for one more season, but coach Brad Thorn has publicly moved in a different direction from the halfback, leaving his future unclear.

Fellow former Reds and Wallabies player, Leroy Houston, started for Bordeaux. 

Liam Gill scored for Lyon as they edged out Montpellier in their final home and away match of the season, while Mike Harris came on for the final 14 minutes.

Ben Mowen helped Pau to a 38-6 win over Toulon, scoring in the 38th minute for his side, but playing just 43 minutes overall at blindside flanker.

Peter Betham was on the wing for Clermont in a win over Toulouse.

RESULTS

Brive 22 - Bordeaux 20

Castres 53 - Oyonnax 3

Lyon 32 - Montpellier 24

La Rochelle 31 - Stade Francais 7

Pau 38 - Toulon 6

Racing 92 42 - Agen 13

Clermont 36 - Toulouse 26

PRO 14

There were no Wallabies abroad in action in the Pro 14, with Scott Fardy’s Leinster not featuring in the final round.

His side will be in action in a fortnight’s time, with Leinster making the semi-finals, after topping their conference.

FIXTURES 

Semi-finals

Glasgow vs Scarlets

Leinster vs Munster