Monday, 19 November 2012

International Round Up

At Twickenham 7 Tigers were in the 23 that succumbed 22-16 to the touring Wallabies.  Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Thomas Waldrom, Toby Flood and Manu Tuilagi all started in the "plum" kit whilst Ben Youngs featured from the bench. Tuilagi contributed a try, his 8th in 15 tests, and Flood scored with 3 penalties and also the conversion.  Notably this was the first test Tuilagi has scored in that England have lost.

In North Wales Steve Mafi played for Tonga as they bounced back from last weeks loss to Italy by beating the USA 22-13 thanks to two second half tries to overturn a 10-5 half time deficit. 

Martin Castrogiovanni and his Italy side put up a strong early showing against the All Blacks in Rome, keeping the score down to 13-7 at half time, and 23-10 when Castro departed on 56 minutes but ultimately the All Blacks again showed their class and scored 4 second half tries to win 42-10.

Marcos Ayerza played 72 minutes for Argentina as they lost out to France in Lille 39-22.  

Vereniki Goneva  played the whole game as Fiji were thrashed by an "Ireland XV" 53-0 at Thomund Park in Limerick. 

In the crowd, and shown on TV several times, for the Wales Samoa game was Logovi'i Mulipola and a gaggle of Tuilagis.  Brothers Henry, Andy and Freddie were joined by Freddie's two sons.  Samoa recorded a famous 26-19 victory that could have been much bigger.  Not really anything to do with Tigers but I couldn't resist including it!

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