A number of Bath Rugby players were in action for their countries over the weekend in the first Test of the Autumn Internationals. Here's how they got on...
England 21-8 Argentina – Twickenham Stadium
Bath Rugby’s Jonathan Joseph, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson all started for England in their 21-8 victory over Argentina on Saturday at Twickenham.
Semesa Rokoduguni came on as an early replacement for Mike Brown, and it was one to remember for the Bath flyer.
A first-half try from Wasps’ back rower Nathan Hughes gave the home side a 14-3 lead going into the interval, finishing off a well-worked attacking move. 14 minutes from the end, Rokoduguni scored his third try on his third appearance for his country, running on to a Henry Slade pass before diving over in the corner.
Rokoduguni said afterwards: “It’s a special day for me; an honour and a privilege for me to be part of the team,” he said. “But to get over and score a try as well, on Remembrance Day, that means a lot, too.
“For me, it is about going out there and representing the Army as a whole, all the guys who have been there before us and those boys who are serving right now. It is an honour and a privilege to represent the Armed Forces.”
Underhill was also voted England Rugby Fans’ Man of the Match after a strong performance from the back row, where he made 19 tackles.
Ireland 38-3 South Africa – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Bath Rugby’s Francois Louw was in action for the Sprinkboks in Dublin, but was unable to prevent his side from slipping to a heavy defeat against Ireland.
Louw started at number eight, as an in-form Ireland ran in four tries to record their biggest victory over their Southern Hemisphere counterparts.
Wales 21-29 Australia – Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Bath Rugby number eight Taulupe Faletau played the full 80 minutes for Wales, as they were edged out by Australia in the first of their Autumn International Tests.
It was former Wasps utility back Kurtley Beale, who secured the victory with a runaway try, to maintain their 13-successive winning run against Wales.
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