SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend's European Champions Cup and European Challenge Cup finals, involving South African players.
– Saracens, under the leadership of Brad Barritt, beat Clermont 28-17 to clinch a second successive Champions Cup title. Prop Vincent Koch and flank Michael Rhodes started alongside Barritt, while replacements Petrus du Plessis, Schalk Brits and Schalk Burger all played a significant role off the bench for Sarries. Fullback Scott Spedding turned out for the runners-up and set up a beautiful team try with a brilliant counter-attack from the back, but it wasn't enough for Clermont.
– Stade Français, featuring loose forwards Jono Ross and Willem Alberts, prop Heinke van der Merwe and flyhalf Morné Steyn, were crowned Challenge Cup winners following a 25-17 victory over Gloucester at Murrayfield. Steyn played off the bench and added five crucial points via a conversion and a penalty for the French club.
Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images
Calm after the storm
Warren Whiteley is leading the Springbok revival, writes JON CARDINELLI.
Serfontein’s Bok rebirth
Jan Serfontein made the most of his opportunity to start for the Springboks in June, writes JON CARDINELLI.
SA Rugby has killed Currie Cup
SA Rugby has only itself to blame for the sad demise of the Currie Cup, writes SIMON BORCHARDT.