Kiwis in Europe: David Smith in form at Castres

By Campbell Burnes

David Smith scored twice in the weekend. Photo /Getty
David Smith scored twice in the weekend. Photo /Getty

David Smith is proving to be good value for his French club Castres after scoring two tries in their 41-7 European Champions Cup victory over Northampton.

The 30-year-old Samoan wing, who should have played international 15s rugby (for Manu Samoa) many moons ago, transferred from Toulon last year.

James Wilson scored Saints' sole try, while Nafi Tuitavake, who will no doubt be happy at his old North Harbour union qualifying for the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final, came off the pine, as did former Steeler Ahsee Tuala.

A try and four goals to wing Isa Nacewa was not enough for Leinster, who were edged 22-16 by Montpellier and a double to Nemani Nadolo.

Ma'a Nonu's Toulon beat Bryn Evans' Sale Sharks 15-5, while Sean Maitland's Saracens defeated Hadleigh Parkes' Scarlets 44-26.

A try to flanker Sean Reidy was key to Ulster's 19-18 result over Thomas Waldrom's Exeter Chiefs.

Jared Payne and Charlie Piutau also featured for Ulster.

A hat-trick to wing Stacey Ili helped Connacht to a 52-7 crushing of Zebre. Jake Heenan (7) and Bundee Aki (23) also turned out for Connacht.

Clermont beat Bordeaux-Begles 49-33, former Otago threequarter Jayden Spence featuring for the latter, while Luke Braid and Hugh Chalmers were in the loose trio.

A try and five goals to Tyler Bleyendaal highlighted Munster's 38-17 over Glasgow on an emotional day in which the crowd farewelled Anthony Foley, their coach died tragically early last week.

Dan Carter scored 12 points for Racing-Metro, including a try, but his club were beaten 27-17 by Leicester Tigers, for whom loose forward Brendon O'Connor scored a try.

A late conversion to Jimmy Gopperth, operating this time at fullback, helped Wasps to a 20-20 draw at Toulouse. Nathan Hughes scored a try for the English club, while prop Census Johnston scored for the French side.

In the European Challenge Cup, Jason Eaton, on the side of the scrum, scored a try for La Rochelle in their 51-24 win over Bayonne. Former Highlander and Hawke's Bay Magpie Ryan Tongia played at fullback for Bayonne, with Adam Whitelock at centre.

Dan Bowden's Bath beat neighbours Bristol 22-6, while William Whetton's Brive edged Worcester 25-24. Nick Crosswell's Dragons fell 38-18 to Russian club Enisei.

A yellow card to lock Jarrad Hoeata did not prevent Cardiff Blues winning 27-12 over Pau, for whom lock Daniel Ramsay scored a try.

Halfback Tane Takalua scored a try for Newcastle Falcons in their 50-7 beating of Grenoble, for whom Tino Nemani copped a yellow card.

Stade Francais, with Paul Williams and Zak Taulafo in the mix, blanked Timisoara Saracens 27-0. Jack Umaga and Stephen Shennan played for Timisoara.

No 8 Nasi Manu scored a vital try as his Edinburgh beat Nick Evans' Harlequins 36-35. Evans slotted three goals, while Mat Luamanu scored a try for Quins.

Treviso seemingly cannot wait for Marty Banks to hit town after falling 37-8 to a Gloucester side that featured John Afoa, Joe Latta and Motu Matu'u. Wing Michael Tagicakibau scored a try for Treviso.

Brendon Leonard and Ma'afu Fia's Ospreys beat Ti Paulo's Lyon 31-13.

The Top 14, Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12 all resume this weekend for two rounds before the November international window.

- NZ Herald

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