Jano makes his mark for Toulouse
- 28 Oct 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.
– Premiership log leaders Saracens were beaten 41-20 by the Northampton Saints. The Saints, for whom loose forward Gerrit-Jan van Velze came on in the 41st minute, outclassed Saracens, who had hooker Schalk Brits, flanker Ernst Joubert and lock Alistair Hargreaves in their starting XV, with scrumhalf Neil de Kock coming off the bench in the 53rd minute.
– Bok flanker Francois Louw played for 80 minutes as his Bath team narrowly beat local rivals Gloucester 15-13, with all their points coming from penalties.
– Munster’s 13-6 triumph over Glasgow saw them move to the top of the Pro12 standings. JC Stander started at No 8 for the winners, while Josh Strauss (No 8) and Tyrone Holmes (No 7) were in Glasgow’s starting XV.
– Zabre and the Scarlets played out to a 16-16 draw. Michael van Vuuren (No 4) and Andries van Schalkwyk (No 7) started for the Italian club, while Jacobie Adriaanse (tighthead prop) and Joe Snyman (No 5) were in the Welsh club's run-on team.
– No 4 lock Johann Muller, No 6 flank Robbie Diack and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar started for Ulster as they beat the Cardiff Blues 39-21, with Muller being replaced in the 16th minute through injury. Pienaar kicked a conversion and a penalty.
– Edinburgh, who had tighthead prop WP Nel and No 7 flank Cornell du Preez in their XV, beat Benetton Treviso 20-13. Lock Izak van der Westhuizen played the last 10 minutes for the Scottish club.
– Zane Kirchner came off the bench in the 71st minute for Leinster, who were awarded a late penalty try that secured them a dramatic 16-13 win over Connacht.
FRENCH TOP 14
– Bayonne stunned Montpellier 24-19 at the Stade Jean Dauger, with loosehead prop JC van Rensburg and tighthead prop Gert Muller starting for the winners.
– Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak scored a try for Toulouse in the second half as they edged European champions Toulon 13-12. Gurthrö Steenkamp started at loosehead prop and was replaced by Schalk Ferreira in the 48th minute, which is also when hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle came on. Juan Smith started at No 8 and was replaced by Joe van Niekerk in the 63rd minute. Former Sharks hooker Craig Burden started for Toulon and got 58 minutes' playing time.
– Castres thumped Biarritz 39-0, running in five tries at the Stade Pierre Antoine. Antonie Claassen started at No 8 for the Top 14 champions with Rory Kockott coming on in the 69th minute at scrumhalf. Joe Pietersen (fullback) and Eugene van Staden (tighthead prop) started for Biarritz.
– No 6 flank Gerhard Vosloo and tighthead prop Daniel Kotze were part of Clermont’s 36-29 win over Brive. Riaan Swanepoel was at flyhalf and Petrus Hauman at No 6 flank for Brive, while tighthead prop Kevin Buys and loosehead prop Johannes Coetzee both came on in the 48th minute.
– At the Stade Lesdiguieres, Grenoble beat Oyonnax 23-10. No 4 lock Hendrik Roodt started for the winners with tighthead prop Ruaan du Preez getting 45 minutes for Oyonnax.
– Wandile Mjekevu started on the left wing for Perpignan, who beat Bordeaux 31-20 at home, while scrumhalf Dewald Duvenhage got just seven minutes of action off the bench. Jandré Marais (No 4 lock) and Heini Adams (scrumhalf) started for Bordeaux.
– Bok flyhalf Morné Steyn came on as a 57th-minute replacement for Stade Français, who lost 16-12 to Racing Métro. Loosehead prop Hendrik van der Merwe was in the starting line-up, with second-rower Gerhard Mostert (69th minute) and winger Meyer Bosman (42nd minute) coming off the bench. Jacques Cronjé (No 8), Francois van der Merwe (No 5 lock) and Juandré Kruger (No 4) were in the hosts' starting XV.
Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP Photo
Boks need forward firepower
Willem Alberts should come straight into the Springboks’ starting lineup to add some much-needed grunt up front, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Green Bok side could struggle
The Springboks’ Rugby Championship squad is light on experience as well as genuine Test options at blindside flank, inside centre and fullback, writes JON CARDINELLI.
What we’ve learned
Five lessons from the Rugby Championship and Currie Cup this past weekend, according to CRAIG LEWIS.