Samoans in Europe: Clermont beat Bath without Tim Nanai-Williams

European competition returned this weekend, with Samoans playing in the first part of Round Three of the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup.

There were also plenty of Samoans competing in Round 13 of the French second tier - Pro D2.

European Champions Cup

Bath 17-34 Clermont
Manu Samoa fullback Tim Nanai-Williams is nearing a return from injury, but his club still had too much for Bath without him on Saturday morning.
Former All Black Isaia Toeava shone at centre, as did former All Blacks Sevens player and homegrown Samoan Fritz Lee at number eight.
Former Manu flanker Faifili Levave and former Wallaby Peter Betham both came off the bench for Clermont.

European Challenge Cup

Agen 3-73 Bordeaux
Manu Samoa's Ulupano Seuteni started at centre in Bordeaux's big win on Saturday morning.
Lock Masalosalo Tutaia came off the bench for Bordeaux, while Manu wing Jamie-Jerry Taulagi and Jordan Puletua started for Agen, who shipped six tries in the first half.

Edinburgh 31-20 Wasps
Former All Black first five Lima Sopoaga started for Wasps as their difficult 2019/2020 season continued on Saturday morning.
He scored eight of their 20 points in what was somewhat of a return to form, while fellow former All Black Jeffery Toomaga-Allen came off the bench for the London club.

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Pro D2

Perpignan 29-25 Biarritz
Former Manu Samoa forward Genesis Mamea Lemalu scored a 49th minute try to help spark Perpignan's comeback win on Friday morning.
Current Manu hooker Seilala Lam came on for the home side at halftime as they overcame Biarritz's nine-point lead.

Nevers 13-24 Colomiers
Manu Samoa lock Vaitoasa Senio Toleafoa came off the bench for Nevers in their home loss on Saturday morning.

Beziers 28-25 Montauban
Former Manu Samoa centre and homegrown product Robert Lilomaiava started at centre for Montauban in their Saturday morning loss.
Utu Maninoa also started at lock, while Faitotoa Asa came on at prop in the 47th minute.
On the victorious Beziers side, Tyrone Viiga started at number eight before being replaced by Kelly Meafua.

Carcassonne 21-16 Aurillac
Rhema Sagote started at second five for Aurillac in their Saturday morning loss.

Provence 26-23 Valence Romans
Provence's Poutasi Luafutu and Valence Romans' Peter Saili started opposite each other at number eight on Saturday morning.
Opetera Peleseuma started at centre for Valence.

Vannes 26-25 Soyaux Angeloume
Former Manu Samoa hooker Ole Avei was yellow carded in Soyaux Angeloume's loss on Saturday morning.
Patrick Leafa started opposite him at hooker for Vannes.

Grenoble 46-3 Rouen Normandie
Former Manu Samoa loose forward and homegrown product Taiasina Tuifu’a came off the bench for Grenoble in their big home win on Saturday morning.
His former international teammate prop Anthony Perenise came off the bench for Normandie.

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