Monday, November 16, 2015

Eagles Abroad: Weekend Review

AJ MacGinty kicking in the cold. 
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Due to the Paris attacks over the weekend only some Americans saw action in the European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.  Players that had their matches impacted include Samu Manoa, Callum Black, and Greg Peterson. Of the players that did play it was quite an eventful weekend. Chris Wyles started for Saracens and scored two tries in their big win over Toulouse. You can see his tries in this highlight package. Also getting on the score sheet was Blaine Scully who scored his first try for Cardiff. They blew out Calvisano in their Challenge Cup match 50-9. AJ MacGinty arguably had the most adventurous weekend as seen by the video above. He got his first start for Connacht and was one of the few players to go the full 80 minutes. He scored three penalties for his efforts. Also scoring over the weekend was Taku Ngwenya.

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British Isles:

European Champions Cup

Chris Wyles started, played 80 minutes, and scored two tries while Titi Lamositele and Hayden Smith were not in the line-up for Saracens as they beat Toulouse 32-7 on Saturday.

Callum Black and Ulster had their match against Oyonnax postponed.

Greg Peterson and the Glasgow Warriors had their match against Racing Metro postponed.

European Challenge Cup

Blaine Scully came off the bench, played 31 minutes, and scored a try while Cam Dolan was out injured for Cardiff as they beat Calvisano 50-9 on Saturday.

AJ MacGinty started, played 80 minutes, and had three penalties for Connacht as they beat RC Enisei 31-14 on Saturday.

Eric FryTodd Clever, and Paddy Ryan were not in the line-up for Newcastle as they lost to Brive 13-9 last Friday.

British & Irish Cup

Thretton Palamo started and played 80 minutes for London Welsh as they lost to the Cornish Pirates 28-21 on Saturday.

Tom Bliss came off the bench for Ealing as they lost to Moseley 37-31 on Saturday.

National League 1

Robbie Shaw and Hartpury beat Ampthill 37-0 on Saturday.

Derek Lipscomb and Blackheath lost to Ronnie McLean and Richmond 23-20 on Saturday.


Will Magie plays with Old Albanians.

Jona Cali plays with Grove.

Ollie Drew plays with Bournemouth University.

Louis Mulholland plays with Bath University.

All Ireland League

Tim MaupinConor KearnsOisin BradyIan Kinsley, and Kingsley McGowan and Trinity had the weekend off.

Ross DeaconGearoid McDonald, and Lansdowne had the weekend off.

Liam Bourke and UCD had the weekend off.

Liam MurphyPierce Dargan, and Clontarf had the weekend off.


European Champions Cup

Samu Manoa and Toulon had their match against Toulon postponed.

Dave Ryan came off the bench and played 31 minutes for Agen as they lost to London Irish 48-10 on Saturday.

European Challenge Cup

Gagi Bazadze came off the bench and played 30 minutes for La Rochelle as they lost to Worcester 19-3 on Saturday.

Pro D2

Taku Ngwenya started, played 80 minutes, and scored a try as Biarritz beat Narbonne last Friday.

Christian Ostberg was not in the line-up for Aurillac as they lost to Bourgoin 25-22 on Thursday.

Federale 1

Roland Suniula and Chalon had their match against Bobigny postponed.

Seta Tuilevuka and ROC La Voulte-Valence lost to Chambery 35-13 on Sunday.

Mate Moeakiola and Castanet had their match against Oloron postponed.


Victor Camptat plays for the Toulon Academy. 

Mose Fualaau plays for the Clermont Academy.

Inaki Basauri plays for Stade Nantais. 


Serie A

Nick Civetta and Medicei beat Gran Sasso 16-7 on Saturday.


Romanian Rugby Championship

Andrew Suniula and CSM Bucuresti have finished their season.


Super Rugby

Marcel Brache and the Western Force have finished their season.

National Rugby Championship

Tom Coolican and the Sydney Stars have finished their season.

James Hilterbrand and the North Harbour Rays have finished their season.

Shute Shield

James McMahonChris Chapman, and Sydney University have finished their season.

Paula Hafoka and Eastwood have finished their season.

Kevin Reed and Manly have finished their season.

New Zealand:


Mike Lawrenson, Toni Pulu and Counties Manukau have finished their season.


Michelle Wong is training and playing with Sydenham.

Mika Maeva is training and playing with Marist.

Chance Doyle is training and playing with Johnsonville.


BC Premier League

Graham Harriman and James Bay lost to Port Alberni 46-12 on Saturday.


Alex Aronson is playing and training in the Philippines. 


  1. Don't forget McGinty's silky crossfield kick for an assist.

    1. That was tremendous! He could't pass, Parata was in the corner, he had to kick cross field to reach Parata. A foot short or a foot long and it wouldn't have been noticed. He gambled and Parata won.
      Pat Lam is pinching himself that he secured MacGinty.

    2. Ian, I noticed that Leader kicked the conversion.
      Why? I usually see MacGinty doing all the kicking.
      And Jack Carty stayed on the bench.
      Was it a deliberate plan to give MacGinty his debut start in the boonies, away from the pressure of European play?
      When I first saw the venue, I couldn't tell if *any* spectators would be there.
      At least Connacht was able to get a game early in the season.
      What will conditions be when other teams have to play there?

    3. From what I've heard, Enisei will be playing the rest of their home matches in Sochi, where it is a lot warmer. As for Leader taking the last kicks, I'm not sure. Maybe the cold was effecting MacGinty's kicking leg.

  2. How int h world did AJ make any of those kicks in -16 below weather!???? Awesome.