Brits shines for Sarries
- 30 Dec 2013
SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend's English Premiership, Celtic Pro12 and French Top 14 matches that involved South African players.
– London Wasps beat the Newcastle Falcons 17-12, with former Bok and Cheetahs loose forward Ashley Johnson scoring one of Wasps' tries.
– Former Bok hooker Schalk Brits scored one of Saracens' tries as they thumped the Worcester Warriors 26-8. Ex-Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves captained Saracens, with lock Mouritz Botha and prop Petrus du Plessis coming off the bench in the 57th and 64th minutes respectively.
– Bok and ex-Western Province and Stormers flank Francois Louw played from start to finish for Bath, who lost 43-25 against the Northampton Saints.
– Despite playing with 14 men for 10 minutes after flank Tyrone Holmes was yellow-carded for a ruck infringement, the Glasgow Warriors came from behind to beat Edinburgh 20-16. Former Lions captain Josh Strauss took to the field for the Warriors in the 43rd minute, while props Wicus Blaauw and WP Nel along with flank Cornell du Preez started for Edinburgh.
– Wing Hanno Dirksen started for the Ospreys in their 10-6 victory over the Scarlets, who brought lock Johan Snyman on as a substitute in the 70th minute.
– Hosts Munster defeated Connacht 22-16 to widen their gap at the top of the Pro12 table. Former Bulls loose forward CJ Stander joined his Munster team-mates in the 47th minute.
– Treviso survived a late fight back from Zebre, securing a 20-15 win. Lock Corniel van Zyl scored a try for the victors and flank Andries van Schalkwyk one for the Italian club.
– Bok fullback Zane Kirchner delivered a sterling performance for Leinster as they recorded a 19-6 victory over Ulster to move to second on the Pro12 log. Flank Robbie Diack started for Ulster and Bok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar made his appearance in the 51st minute.
FRENCH TOP 14
– Prop Heinke van der Merwe started for Stade Français as they beat Perpignan 19-12. Wing Wandile Mjekevu and scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage were in the losing side's run-on XV, while Gerhard Mostert came on for the Paris-based team in the 62nd minute.
– Grenoble pulled off a shock 20-16 win against Castres, with lock Hendrik Roodt and prop Albertus Buckle starting.
– Former Bulls scrumhalf Heini Adams and lock Juandré Marais began for Bordeaux, who beat Brive 27-23. Prop Kevin Buys started for Brive.
– Clermont recorded their 70th consecutive home win when they beat Oyonnax 33-19. Flank Gerhard Vosloo came off the bench for the hosts in the 48th minute.
– Former Bok and Bulls centre Wynand Olivier started for Montpellier, who defeated Biarritz 48-22. Prop Eugene van Staden, who was yellow-carded, and former Western Province and Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen started for the losers.
– Fullback Scott Spedding started for Bayonne in their 21-13 win against Toulouse, who had hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle and prop Gurthrö Steenkamp in their run-on team. Schalk Ferreira replaced Steenkamp in the 53rd minute and Bok scrumhalf Jano Vermaak came off the bench for the losing side in the 63rd.
– Racing Métro piled more misery on Toulon, whose dismal away form continued with a 14-3 loss. Former Bulls and Bok lock Juandré Kruger started for Racing, while scrumhalf Michael Claassens, ex-Bok and Cheetahs flank Juan Smith and Bok lock Bakkies Botha started for the European champions. Botha was yellow carded during the game.
Photo: Scott Heavey/Getty Images
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