Mariette Adams

Ruan rocks again for Montpellier

Ruan Pienaar celebrates with his teammates Ruan Pienaar celebrates with his teammates looks back at the past weekend’s Pro14, English Premiership, French Top 14 and Japanese Top League matches, involving South African players.


– Edinburgh, with prop WP Nel and flank Cornell du Preez in their side, beat the Dragons 35-18 to make it two wins from as many games. Fullback Zane Kirchner and lock Ligtoring Landman started for the Dragons, who are yet to win this season.

– Prop Oli Kebble came off the bench for the Glasgow Warriors in their 31-10 bonus-point victory over the Ospreys at Scotstoun Stadium. The win takes Glasgow up to second in the Pro14 Conference A log.

– No 8 Braam Steyn’s Treviso suffered a 21-14 defeat at home against Ulster. Fullback Louis Ludik, No 8 Jean Deysel, lock Robbie Diack, prop Wiehahn Herbst and hooker Rob Herring were all in Ulster’s run-on XV.

– Munster lock Jean Kleyn scored again, this time in their 51-18 pummelling of the Cheetahs at Thomond Park in Limerick. Centre Jaco Taute featured alongside Kleyn for Munster.

– Lock Quinn Roux was on the bench for Connacht in their 32-10 win against the Kings at the Sportsground in Galway. It was Connacht’s first victory of the campaign.

– Former Bulls duo David Bulbring (lock) and Werner Kruger (prop) represented the Scarlets in their 41-10 victory against hosts Zebre in Parma. Loose forwards Johan Meyer and Derick Minnie were on duty for the Scarlets.

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– Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, No 8 Josh Strauss and flank Jono Ross formed part of the Sale Sharks side that suffered a heart-breaking 13-12 defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Falcons. De Klerk in particular had an excellent game for the hosts, but his effort was not enough to avoid defeat.

– Harlequins claimed a well-deserved 28-17 win against Gloucester at the Stoop. Demetri Catrakilis earned a starting berth for Quins, but the flyhalf was carried off the field following a dangerous tackle which left him unable to breathe for several seconds. Flank Ruan Ackermann made his first start for Gloucester.

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– Bath caused a big upset by beating Saracens 31-21 at the Rec. Flank Francois Louw was influential at the breakdown for Bath and scored the opening try. Centre Brad Barritt, flanks Schalk Burger and Michael Rhodes, prop Vincent Koch and hooker Schalk Brits did service for Sarries.

– Don Armand crashed over for a double to help the Exeter Chiefs to a 37-7 bonus-point triumph over London Irish. Locks Sebastian de Chaves and Franco van der Merwe, and prop Petrus du Plessis retained their places in the Irish starting XV.

– Starting scrumhalf Nic Groom and his deputy Cobus Reinach both featured for the Northampton Saints in their 24-11 win against the Leicester Tigers at Franklin’s Gardens. It was Saints’ first victory this season.

– Wasps ground out a 24-10 win against an injury-depleted Worcester Warriors outfit at Sixways Stadium. Willie le Roux played fullback for the winners and scored a try, while teammate Ashley Johnson scrummed down at hooker. No 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze and prop Nick Schonert started for the Warriors. 


– La Rochelle thumped reigning champions Clermont 51-20 to move up to third on the log. Paul Jordaan was at outside centre for the winning team, while Scott Spedding played fullback for the visitors.

– Scrumhalf Ricky Januarie scored Agen's only try of the match, but it wasn’t enough against opposite number James Hall’s Oynnonax, who clinched a 12-10 win at home.

– Brive, with Petrus Hauman and Johan Snyman in their ranks, slumped to a 25-6 defeat at the hands of Racing 92. Flank Bernard le Roux was on duty for Racing, who are now second on the log.

– Replacement flyhalf Tian Schoeman came off the bench and kicked 11 points as Bordeaux hammered Stade Français 30-10 at Stade Chaban-Delmas. Lock Jandré Marais played alongside Schoeman for the winners. Morné Steyn, Charl McLeod, Willem Alberts, Craig Burden and Gurthrö Steenkamp turned out for Stade, with Steyn contributing five points.

– Ruan Pienaar delivered a perfect kicking performance to steer Montpellier to a thrilling 22-17 win against hosts Castres. Pienaar landed a conversion and five penalties for a 17-point tally. He played alongside fullback Henry Immelman, lock Nico Janse van Rensburg, hooker Bismarck du Plessis and centre Frans Steyn. Castres had Robert Ebersohn, Rory Kockott, Dan Kötze and Jody Jenneker in their run-on side.

– Pau also caused an upset when they downed the high-flying Lyon 30-14. Tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse played for Pau. Locks Etienne Oosthuizen and Francois van der Merwe and hooker Deon Fourie turned out for Lyon.

– Fullback Cheslin Kolbe, wing Wandile Mjekevu and props Danie Mienie and Maks van Dyk were on duty for Toulouse, who lost 20-16 against hosts Toulon at the Stade Mayol. Prop Marcel van der Merwe and replacement wing JP Pietersen featured for Toulon. It was a scrappy, ill-disciplined contest which produced three yellow cards, including one for Van der Merwe in the 65th minute.


– Lock Andries Bekker started for the Kobelco Steelers in their 29-12 win over hosts the NEC Green Rockets in Tokyo.

– Fullback Riaan Viljoen added nine crucial points via the kicking tee to guide the Docomo Red Hurricanes to a 29-19 victory against the Sanix Blues. Lock Wimpie van der Walt played alongside Viljoen for the winners. André Esterhuizen played flyhalf for the Blues and scored the first try of the match in the fifth minute. Loose forward Jacques Potgieter was on the Blues’ bench.

– The Kubota Spears, with flank Grant Hattingh and flyhalf Louis Fouché in their side, defeated the Toyota Industries Shuttles 27-19, with Hattingh scoring a try. Francois Brummer played No 10 for the Shuttles and kicked one conversion, while his former Bulls teammate JJ Engelbrecht was used as an impact player off the bench.

– Ruan Combrinck came on as a substitute to score the match-winning try for the Kintetsu Liners, who beat the Canon Eagles 25-20. Lwazi Mvovo started at fullback for the Eagles, but was substituted in the 55th minute.

– Yamaha Jubilo, with Gerhard van den Heever on the left wing, thumped the Ricoh Black Rams 35-12 at home. Van den Heever took over the kicking duties in the second half and landed two conversions for the winning team.

– Toyota Verblitz edged Toshiba Brave Lupus 23-18. Prop Ruan Smith, flank Juan Smith and flyhalf Lionel Cronjé featured for Verblitz, with Cronjé slotting two penalties and a conversion. Fullback Coenraad van Wyk started for Brave Lupus.

– Lock Willie Britz and centre Shane Gates were in the NTT Shining Arcs side that suffered a 36-11 defeat at the hands of Suntory Sungoliath.

Compiled by Mariette Adams

Photo: Montpellier Rugby/Facebook 

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