Nov 14, 2016
There was plenty of Saracens interest in this weekend’s international action.
Five Saracens were in action at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George helped England defeat South Africa who included Vincent Koch in their starting XV.
In his 44th game for England, Owen Farrell scored a try and kicked 17-points as he helped the Red Roses defeat the Springboks for the first time in ten years.
Mako Vunipola won his 36th England cap at loosehead prop, packing down against his club teammate Koch who won his eight cap for the beleaguered Springboks. Billy Vunipola won his 30th cap and produced another dominate display from No8. Jamie George replaced England skipper Dylan Hartely on 56 minutes to win his ninth cap as England ran out 37-21 winners.
England will face Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday with Alex Lozowski and Alex Goode joining included in England’s 33-man squad alongside Farrell, George and the Vunipola brothers.
For Vincent Koch and the Boks, they will now face Italy this Saturday before a clash against Wales in the Principality Stadium a week later.
In-form Saracens wing Sean Maitland was part of a Scotland team who were narrowly beaten by Australia at Murrayfield. The Scots ran in four tries in an entertaining contest but they were pipped at the post once again by Michael Chieka’s Wallabies with Tevita Kuridrani scoring the all-important score at the death. Maitland, who has scored four tries in six games at Saracens this season, won his 28th cap against the Wallabies and will be looking to add to his tally in Scotland’s upcoming fixtures against Argentina and Georgia.
Prop forward Titi Lamositele was in action for the USA Eagles in their 23-10 loss to Romania Saturday at Stadionul Arcul de Triumf.
Titi started at loosehead prop to win his 20th cap for the Eagles as they were defeated by the Oaks who had 12 Timisoara Saracens players in their match-day 23 squad.
The defeat is the second for the Eagles on their November Tour, which kicked off against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks last weekend in Chicago. USA Fly-Half Will Holder converted his own try and kicked a late penalty goal in Saturday's meeting with 16th-ranked Romania but earlier tries from former Saracens full-back Catalin Fercu and CSA Steaua flanker Viorel Lucaci plus a late score from centre Florin Vlaicu won the game from the Romanians. John Mitchell's USA squad finishes its tour against Tonga in Spain on Saturday.