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Americans playing in the European club competitions overseas, the
Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup, have had a rough go of it this
season, for the most part.
Their teams are a combined 8-11-1, and only Chris Wyles and Hayden Smith's
Saracens and Scott Lavalla's Stade Francais boast winning records. Samu
Manoa's Northampton and Seta Tuilevuka's Montpellier are winless.
Takudzwa Ngwenya's Biarritz tries to climb back to .500 Friday against
Benetton Treviso, to whom it fell 30-26 Dec. 10. Just three points behind
pool-leading Saracens, Zee's team is not out of quarterfinal contention,
and this time it gets Treviso in France.
Saracens endeavors to keep Biarritz in the rearview and beat Ospreys for
the second-straight week Friday. The game will be aired live on Fox Soccer
Plus at 3pm ET. Ospreys are tied with Biarritz in the standings with seven
points. In this hotly contested pool, every game is a must-win for every
team. Even Treviso is still in the mix.
Montpellier and Northampton's outlooks are much more bleek. However,
Tuilevuka is approaching full health and could find himself back on the
field again. Maybe even Saturday against Glasgow, who edged the French club
20-15 last week. Manoa could well be in the lineup for the Saints when they
take on Castres, to whom they lost 41-22 on Dec. 10.
Chris Biller is hoping to get his second-straight start for Bath against
Leinster. The defending H-Cup champs edged Leinster 20-15 last week.
Trailing Leinster by five points and Glasgow by two, Bath cannot afford to
Lavalla's Stade Francais looks to go 4-0 in Amlin play without him
Thursday, as he's been left out of the 22-man roster for Crociati.
Kevin Swiyrn's Agen takes on Sale Saturday. Agen trails second-place Sale by five points and first-place Brive by eight.
TV Debuts (All on Fox Soccer Plus, all times Eastern)
Friday 3pm Saracens vs. Ospreys (Live)
Sunday 12am Bath vs. Leinster