Monday, 12 November 2012

International Round Up

11 Tigers were in action across 5 countries in 3 different matches this weekend.  8 Tigers were in action at Twickenham as England easily beat Fiji, 54-12, Toby Flood contributed 17 points from the boot as he converted 4 of England's 7 tries.  Manu Tuilagi was to the fore late on as he bagged a brace of tries as Fijian legs tired.  Tom Youngs, on his debut, played 65 minutes with 6 minutes over lapping his brother Ben who made his appearance from the bench on 59 minutes.  Dan Cole made way just after the hour mark with the match sown up whilst Geoff Parling, Thomas Waldrom and Fijian Vereniki Goneva played the whole match.

In Brescia Steve Mafi played the whole match for Tonga as they lost closely, 28-23, to Italy.  Martin Castrogiovanni was on the bench and played the last 20 minutes as the Azzuri closed out the match as they prepare to face the All Blacks and the Australians in the next two weeks.

The happiest Tiger of the weekend will definitely be Marcos Ayerza.  Not only did he make his first major start for the Pumas for three years but he was on the winning side as Argentina won in Wales for only the second time, the first 11 years earlier to the day, 26-12.  A superb second half saw the Pumas score two tries as they blew away a Welsh side leading 9-6 at the half.  Marcos played virtually the whole match only making way on 79 minutes to give Bruno Postiglioni a first test match outside Argentina.

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