SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s European Champions Cup, European Challenge Cup and Japanese Top League matches, involving South African players.
– Centre Paul Jordaan’s La Rochelle claimed a stunning 34-27 bonus-point win against Harlequins at the Stoop in London. Tim Swiel was on Quins’ bench as a back-up flyhalf, but not used.
– Ulster, with wing Louis Ludik, No 8 Jean Deysel, flank Robbie Diack, prop Wiehahn Herbst and hooker Rob Herring in their starting lineup, beat Wasps 19-9 in Belfast. Willie le Roux was at fullback for Wasps and hooker Ashley Johnson on the bench.
– Captain and centre Brad Barritt, prop Vincent Koch, flank Schalk Burger and hooker Schalk Brits were part of the Saracens side that thumped the Northampton Saints 57-13 at Franklin’s Gardens. Barritt and Koch scored a try apiece. Cobus Reinach was Northampton’s preferred scrumhalf, with compatriot Nic Groom on the bench. Lock David Ribbans also started for the hosts and prop Francois van Wyk came on as a substitute.
– Clermont got their campaign off to a winning start as they edged the Ospreys 26-21 away at the Liberty Stadium. Scott Spedding played fullback for Clermont, crossing for a try in the 10th minute and slotting a long-range penalty in the last.
– Montpellier slumped to a 24-17 defeat against hosts Leinster at RDS Arena. Frans Steyn (inside centre), Ruan Pienaar (scrumhalf), Wiaan Liebenberg (flank), Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (lock), Jacques du Plessis (lock) and Bismarck du Plessis (hooker) all turned out for Montpellier. Pienaar kicked two conversions and a penalty to help Montpellier earn a losing bonus point.
– Flank Don Armand and his Exeter Chiefs teammates ground out a 24-15 victory against the Glasgow Warriors at Sandy Park. Neither side was able to gain a bonus point.
– Racing 92, with Bernard le Roux and Pat Lambie in their match 23, registered a 22-18 win in their game against the Leicester Tigers in Paris. Le Roux burrowed over for a try in the 23rd minute, while Lambie was introduced off the bench early in the first half. Prop Pat Cilliers did duty for the Tigers.
– Centre Robert Ebersohn was in the thick of the action for Castres, who held Munster to a 17-17 draw. He scored a crucial first-half try and was yellow-carded five minutes later. Ebersohn played alongside Rory Kockott, Dan Kötze and Jody Jenneker. Munster started with CJ Stander at No 8.
– Bath recorded a convincing 23-0 triumph over Treviso at the Rec. Francois Louw was selected on Bath’s bench, and came on in the second half. The Bok flank was involved in an off-the-ball scuffle and could be sanctioned for eye-gouging.
– Bok duo Marcel van der Merwe and Juandré Kruger were in the Toulon side that pipped the Scarlets 21-20 at the Stade Mayol. Prop Werner Kruger and lock David Bulbring were second-half substitutes for the Scarlets.
– Tian Schoeman kicked three conversions in Bordeaux’s eight-try, 57-17 demolition of Enisei-STM.
– Replacements Ligtoring Landman and Pat Howard crashed over for a try each, but their efforts were in vain as the Dragons lost 32-27 to the Newcastle Falcons at Kingston Park. Prop Brok Harris was also a substitute for the Dragons, while Sarel Pretorius was the starting scrumhalf.
– George Earle and the Cardiff Blues beat Lyon 29-19 at the Arms Park. The South African-born lock scored the Blues’ opening try. Locks Francois van der Merwe and Etienne Oosthuizen, and hooker Deon Fourie represented Lyon.
– Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk’s Man of the Match performance was not enough for the Sale Sharks, as they had to settle for a 20-20 draw with Toulouse at the AJ Bell Stadium. De Klerk converted both Sale’s tries and added two penalties, but the hosts were denied a famous win when they conceded a late penalty which Toulouse converted to snatch a share of the spoils. Captain Jono Ross played with De Klerk for Sale, while wing Wandile Mjekevu, blindside flank Rynhardt Elstadt and props Maks van Dyk and Danie Mienie were on duty for Toulouse.
– Johann Sadie played an influential role for Agen in their 45-10 win over Zebre. The former Cheetahs centre went over for one of Agen’s seven tries. Flank Marco Kotze and lock Christiaan van der Merwe featured alongside Sadie for Agen. Loose forwards Derick Minnie and Johan Meyer, together with hooker Luhandré Luus completed Zebre’s run-on XV, with Meyer receiving a yellow card for foul play.
– Lourens Adriaanse’s Pau stunned Gloucester 27-21 to lay down an early marker. Ruan Ackermann was one of Gloucester’s substitutes and made an immediate impact off the bench as he barged over for a well-worked try.
– Edinburgh handed starting berths to Cornell du Preez at eighthman and Allan Dell at loosehead prop during their 37-14 win against London Irish. Prop WP Nel was named among the reserves.
– Stade Français relinquished a seven-point lead as they slumped to a humiliating 34-29 defeat at the hands of tournament newcomers Krasny Yar. Hooker Craig Burden did service for Stade. Krasny Yar are only the second Russian side to participate in the tournament.
– Lock Quinn Roux featured off the bench for Connacht in their 43-15 bonus-point triumph against hosts Oyonnax.
– Captain Gerrit-Jan van Velze, Wynand Olivier and wing Dean Hammond helped the Worcester Warriors clinch a 30-20 win over Brive at Sixways Stadium. Lock Jan Uys and No 8 Retief Marais started for Brive, who failed to collect a losing bonus point.
JAPANESE TOP LEAGUE
– Francois Brummer inspired the Toyota Industries Shuttles to a 47-7 bonus-point win against the Coca-Cola Red Sparks. The flyhalf contributed 17 points via three penalties and four conversions for the Shuttles.
– Outside centre Shane Gates scored the only try for the NTT Communications Shining Arcs, who lost 36-10 to the Yamaha Jubilo. The winners ran in five tries.
– Former Springbok lock Andries Bekker featured in the Kobe Kobelco Steelers side that suffered a 56-7 defeat to the Panasonic Wild Knights.
– Fullback Coenraad van Wyk kicked a penalty and two conversions in the Toshiba Brave Lupus' 32-18 victory over the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes. Lock Wimpie van der Walt, No 8 Ryan Kankowski and fullback Riaan Viljoen turned out for the Red Hurricanes. Viljoen scored a self-converted try and landed two conversions.
– Former Bulls trio Lappies Labuschagne, Grant Hattingh and Louis Fouché were in the Kubota Spears team that lost 28-27 to the NEC Green Rockets.
– Franco Mostert started for the Ricoh Black Rams, who beat the Kintetsu Liners 37-10 away from home. Michael Stolberg was a replacement lock for the Liners.
– The Toyota Verblitz, with Lionel Cronjé, Jason Jenkins, Ruan Smith and Gio Aplon in their ranks, were handed a 32-31 defeat by the Suntory Sungoliath. Cronjé scored 16 points courtesy of a try, a penalty and four successful conversions. He was also yellow-carded in the first half.
– Lwazi Mvovo did service for the Canon Eagles in their exciting 24-22 away win over the Munakata Sanix Blues. Prop Hencus van Wyk and centre André Esterhuizen featured for the Blues, with the former also dotting down for a try.
Compiled by Mariette Adams
Photo: Laurent Frezouls/Getty Images
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