Samu Manoa started at No. 8 and helped the Northampton Saints defeat Saracens 27-13.
Saracens, who put USA fullback Chris Wyles on the bench, won the league this year, but were not able to defeat 4th seed Northampton in the semifinals. Manoa, considered by many to be an egregious omission from nominations for post-season awards, was instrumental for the Saints again - making some monstrous tackles and winning key lineout ball.
Manoa will join Taku Ngwenya on the Barbarians squad this month, but will now have to miss out on the Barbarians game against England, as that is the same weekend, the weekend of May 25, that the Saints will face Leicester in the Premiership final.
But Manoa will be available for the Barbarians v. British & Irish Lions game June 1 in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Ngwenya's season is done and he will join the Baa-Baas for their match against England May 26 at Twickenham.
Also busy this month is Scott LaValla, whose Stade Francais squad plays Leinster in the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup European competition. That game is Friday, May 17.
Wyles, for his part, sees his season end in disappointment, as Saracens really had the Premiership title in their list of goals.
In lower levels, former Santa Rosa RFC player Josh Berto, who played for the USA at age-grade level and for the Elsie Allen Lobos, is finishing his degree at the University of Queensland and has been playing for UQ Brisbane's 1st 15. The first American to play at that level since Tim Usasz, Berto started at flanker against Northern Suburbs recently and scored a try.
Derek Asbun started at hooker for University of Cape Town in South Africa as they beat Stellenbosch University 24-17.