Smith sublime for Toulon
- 23 Dec 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.
– Bok flank Francois Louw started for Bath, who saw off Harlequins 14-3 and scored the only try of the match.
– CJ van der Linde played in his first game for London Irish, against the Sale Sharks, with the latter winning 15-3 to move into the top half of the table.
– Exeter beat the Newcastle Falcons 16-3, with lock Don Armand playing for the Chiefs.
– Ex-Sharks lock Alistair Hargreaves and former Lions No 8 Ernst Joubert both started for Saracens, who thrashed the Leicester Tigers 49-10. Substitute scrumhalf Neil de Kock performed admirably after coming on in the 53rd minute, setting up two tries.
– Former Bok and Cheetahs loose forward Ashley Johnson started for London Wasps against Northampton. The Saints were awarded a penalty in extra time, which they converted to win 17-15.
– Munster secured a dramatic 16-10 win over the Scarlets, with ex-WP and Bulls wing Gerhard van den Heever, flank CJ Stander and prop BJ Botha in their run-on XV. Prop Jacobie Adriaanse started for the losing side and lock Johan Snyman came on in the 54th minute.
– Cornell du Preez (flank) and WP Nel (prop) started for Edinburgh against fullback Zane Kirchner's Leinster. Alan Solomon's men defeated the Pro12 champions 11-6.
– Bok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar kicked two penalties and a conversion in Ulster's 13-6 victory over Zebre. Johann Muller led the Irish side and No 8 Robbie Diack started for them.
– Wing Hanno Dirksen started for the Ospreys in their 22-19 win over the Cardiff Blues.
FRENCH TOP 14
– Stade Français moved to second on the Top 14 log with a 21-6 win over Grenoble. Bok flyhalf Morné Steyn slotted three penalties and converted ex-Sharks centre Meyer Bosman's try. Prop Heinke van der Merwe also started for the Paris-based side, while lock Hendrik Roodt and prop Albertus Buckle began for Grenoble.
– Bok flank Juan Smith scored a try for Toulon in their 43-10 drubbing of Montpellier. Bok lock Bakkies Botha returned to their starting line-up after an injury. Ex-Cheetahs centre Robert Ebersohn played from start to finish for Montpellier and was joined in the midfield by Wynand Olivier in the 62th minute.
– Flank Gerhard Vosloo was in the Clermont starting team that extended their undefeated home record to 69 matches with a crunching 35-6 win against Biarritz.
– Former Bulls and Bok lock Pedrie Wannenburg came off the bench for Castres in the 62nd minute against Perpignan. Castres won 37-13.
– Locks Juandré Kruger and Francois van der Merwe started for Racing Métro and flyhalf Riaan Swanepoel for Brive, as they played out to a 9-9 draw.
– Bayonne suffered a 9-6 defeat at the hands of Oyonnax, with props JC Janse van Rensburg and Gert Muller and fullback Scott Spedding in their run-on team.
– Toulouse beat Bordeaux 18-16 with Bok prop Gurthrö Steenkamp in their front row. Chiliboy Ralepelle came on at hooker in the 56th minute.
Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP Photo
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