Goosen puts Bok hand up looks back at the past weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup, Celtic Pro12 and French Top 14 matches, involving South African players.


– Flank Tyrone Holmes started for the Newcastle Falcons in their campaign opener against the Northampton Saints. Unfortunately for Holmes and his teammates, they lost 24-16 in front of their home crowd.

– Saracens, with Vincent Koch at tighthead prop, fielded a second-string XV and lost 36-32 against Gloucester at Kingsholm Stadium.

– Brian Mujati played tighthead prop for the Sale Sharks in their 17-13 victory against a make-shift Wasps outfit. The game at AJ Bell Stadium was a closely fought encounter with Sale holding a slender 8-7 lead at the break.

– Bath with hooker Michael van Vuuren in their side narrowly lost 21-20 against the Leicester Tigers at the Rec. Prop Pat Cilliers was a Leicester replacement, but was sent off six minutes after running on.

– Loose forwards Nick Koster and Nick Fenton-Wells were in Bristol's starting lineup that suffered a 31-25 defeat to the Worcester Warriors at Sixways Stadium. Dewald Potgieter started at openside flank for the Warriors but lasted only 19 minutes before sustaining a match-ending injury.


– Wing Pat Howard, scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, lock Ligtoring Landman and tighthead prop Brok Harris all started for the Newport Gwent Dragons in their 21-16 triumph over reigning champions Connacht, who had lock Quinn Roux on duty.

– Munster, with outside centre Jaco Taute and scrumhalf Abrie Griesel in their ranks, thrashed Ospreys 33-0 to move to second in the standings. The humiliating result sees Ospreys drop to third behind their conquerors.

– Seven points from the boot of scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar was not enough for Ulster, who went down 28-17 to Edinburgh. Flank Cornell du Preez started for the winners. Pienaar played alongside locks Franco van der Merwe and Robbie Diack and front-rowers Wiehan Herbst and Rob Herring for the declining Ulster, who are now fifth on the log.

– Lock George Earle's Cardiff Blues ground out a 34-28 victory against No 8 Braam Steyn's Treviso. Despite his team's poor form, Steyn has been a standout performer this season and scored one of Treviso's four tries to make sure they come away with two losing bonus points.

– Leinster hooker Richardt Strauss made a winning return to action as they hammered Zebre 33-10 to consolidate their spot at the top of the standings. Back-rowers Andries van Schalkwyk, Johan Meyer and Derick Minnie and scrumhalf Carlo Engelbrecht played for the Italian club, with Van Schalkwyk burrowing over for their only try.

– The Scarlets cruised to a 27-3 win over the Glasgow Warriors. Wing DTH van der Merwe, lock David Bulbring and prop Werner Kruger represented the winners, who moved up to sixth on the log.


– Stade Français' poor run in the Top 14 continued with a 37-19 loss at the hands of Bordeaux, who had Steven Kitshoff in their team. Prop Heinke van der Merwe, hooker Craig Burden and flank Willem Alberts turned out for Stade.

– Scrumhalf Rory Kockott's five penalty goals were not enough to get Castres over the line against Toulouse, who won their match 16-15 courtesy of a 78th-minute penalty. Front-rowers Dan Kotzé and Jody Jenneker played alongside Kockott for Castres, while Gurthrö Steenkamp started for Toulouse.

– Lock Flip van der Merwe and his Clermont teammates were made to work hard for their 21-20 triumph over an inspired Grenoble outfit. Gio Aplon, who scored a try, and Hendrik Roodt did service for Grenoble.

– Flyhalf Willie du Plessis's Bayonne slumped to a 26-9 defeat against hosts Brive. Flank Petrus Hauman, lock Wilhelm Steenkamp and prop Kevin Buys were part of the winning team.

– A late surge saw Racing edge Montpellier 21-9 in Paris. Fullback Johan Goosen and No 5 lock Francois van der Merwe earned starting berths for Racing, with Goosen contributing 11 of their points via the boot. No 8 Pierre Spies, flank Wiaan Liebenberg, lock Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and prop Jannie du Plessis completed Montepellier's pack, but there were no Saffas in the run-on backline. Frans Steyn was on the bench.

– La Rochelle, with Ricky Januarie at scrumhalf, hammered Pau 27-3. The bonus-point win keeps them second on the log behind Clermont.

– Captain Duane Vermeulen's Toulon continued their downward spiral with a surprise 27-13 loss against Lyon. Vermeulen and compatriots Bryan Habana, Andries Ferreira, Juandré Kruger and Marcel van Merwe turned out for declining giants, while prop Albertus Buckle, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and BJ Botha played for Lyon.

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