Steyn boots Stade to win
- 12 Mar 2018
SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s Pro14, French Top 14 and Anglo-Welsh Cup matches involving South African players.
– In the only Pro14 game of the weekend, the Scarlets and Leinster played to a 10-10 draw in wet conditions. Tighthead prop Werner Kruger and lock David Bulbring both started for the Welsh region.
– Jan Serfontein played a starring role in Montpellier’s 41-3 win against Racing 92. The centre scored a brace of tries to help his side win the top-of-the-table clash and move eight points clear in first place. Lock Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg also scored a try for Montpellier, while Ruan Pienaar kicked five conversions and two penalties. Jannie du Plessis started alongside brother Bismarck, but was yellow-carded in the second half. Paul Willemse and Frans Steyn were also in Montpellier’s starting XV. Pat Lambie started at fullback for Racing and kicked a penalty for his side’s only points, while flank Antonie Claassen came off the bench.
– Oyonnax made it three wins in a row by beating Bordeaux 26-20. Scrumhalf James Hall started for Oyonnax, who still remain rooted to the bottom of the table. Lock Steven Sykes was also in Oyonnax’s starting XV. Jandré Marais started for Bordeaux, with Tiaan Schoeman coming off the bench to kick a late conversion for the side.
– Pau closed the gap between them and second-placed Racing with an 18-15 win over La Rochelle. Lourens Adriaanse was on the bench for Pau.
– Toulon ran in eight tries to secure a 54-5 demolition of Agen. Lock Juandré Kruger started for Toulon, who had prop Marcel van der Merwe on the bench. Flank Marco Kotze started for Agen.
– Clermont eased their relegation fears by claiming ninth position on the log with an 11-9 victory over Brive. Scott Spedding and Flip van der Merwe, who was yellow-carded, started for Clermont. Lock Peet Marais started for Brive.
– Morné Steyn kicked two penalties, two conversions and a drop goal to help Stade Français beat Castres 23-17. Willem Alberts and Heinke van der Merwe started for Stade, who had Charl McLeod on the bench. Prop Daniel Kotze and hooker Jody Jenneker started for Castres, for whom Rory Kockott came off the bench to score.
– Lyon moved up to sixth with a hard-fought 27-20 win over Toulouse. Lock Etienne Oosthuizen, hooker Deon Fourie and prop Albertus Buckle all started for Lyon, who had Hendrik Roodt on the bench. Maks van Dyk came off the bench for Toulouse.
– Bath, who had hooker Michael van Vuuren on the bench, booked their place in the final with a 13-12 win over the Northampton Saints. Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and flank Heinrich Brüssouw both started for the Saints, who had prop Francois van Wyk and scrumhalf Nic Groom on the bench.
– Exeter, with lock Wilhelm van der Sluys in their starting XV, will face Bath in the final after beating Newcastle 20-17. Hooker Kyle Cooper scored a try to help Newcastle to an initial 17-7 lead.
Compiled by Dylan Jack
Photo: Dave Winter/Icon Sport
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