Both Samu Manoa and George North enjoyed wins over their international weekends © USA Rugby/Getty Images
Rugby News More autumn action for Saints internationals
The first team may have battled their way to an 18-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, but it’s easy to forget that as many as five senior players were still missing on international duty, enjoying mixed results over the weekend.
George North was first up on Friday night, featuring in Wales’ penultimate autumn Test against Tonga. Despite a frustrating second half in Cardiff, in which the Saints wing saw a try chalked off by the TMO for obstruction, it was a comfortable 17-7 triumph ahead of their series ending meeting with a rejuvenated Australia this Saturday evening.
A week after one Saint tasted last-minute victory over Georgia, a further pair were on the receiving end of a similarly dramatic finish in Rustavi as a Kahn Fotuali’i led Samoa conceded an added time penalty to slip to a 15-16 defeat. Ken Pisi was also involved.
The international weekend ended for the Saints contingent on Saturday afternoon with a face-off between a duo from the Gardens representing Russia and USA in their Test meeting at Allianz Park.
And it would be Samu Manoa and the Eagles who’d claim bragging rights with an impressive 28-7 beating of a Bears side including Vasily Artemyev – the big second row one of three USA try scorers on the afternoon. It was Manoa’s first international try as the autumn ended with back-to-back wins for the States.