SARugbymag.co.za looks at the past weekend’s English Premiership, Pro14 and French Top 14 matches involving South African players.
– Wing Duhan van der Merwe and flyhalf Jaco van der Walt both played crucial roles in Edinburgh’s 37-7 win against the Kings. Van der Walt kicked three conversions and two penalties while Van der Merwe scored a try in the second half. Cornell du Preez started at No 8 for Edinburgh.
– The Scarlets extended their lead at the top of Conference B with an emphatic 47-13 win against the Dragons. Lock David Bulbring started for the Scarlets, while scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius came off the bench to score a consolation try for the Dragons, who included wing Pat Howard in their starting XV. Lock Ligtoring Landman came off the bench for the Dragons in the first half.
– Flank Abraham Steyn and lock Irne Herbst helped Treviso to a 27-21 comeback win against the Cheetahs. The result leaves the Cheetahs in third place in Conference A.
– The Ospreys saw off a spirited Cardiff Blues side, with a 29-28 win over their local rivals. Lock George Earle came off the bench for the Blues early in the second half.
– The Glasgow Warriors extended their lead in Conference A with a 40-20 win against Zebre. Former Stormers players Oliver Kebble and Brandon Thomson came off the bench for Glasgow in the second half. Zebre included flank Johan Meyer in their starting XV, with flank Derick Minnieand hooker Luhandre Luus on the bench.
– Leinster closed the gap on Pool B leaders, the Scarlets, with a 38-7 win against Ulster. Jean Deysel started at No 8 for Ulster, with former Sharks prop Weihahn Herbst among the replacements.
– CJ Stander led Munster to a 39-13 win against Connacht, which put them 15 points behind Conference A leaders Glasgow. Lock Jean Klein started for Munster, while Quinn Roux started for Connacht but was yellow-carded in the second half.
– Bath broke a three-match losing streak with a 46-25 win against the Worcester Warriors. Hooker Michael van Vurren came off the bench for Bath, while Francois Hougaard and Gerrit-Jan van Velze both started for the Warriors.
– Petrus du Plessis and Franco van der Merwe both started for London Irish in their 19-15 loss to Leicester Tigers. Flank Sebastian de Chaves came off the bench for London Irish.
– Nic Groom scored a crucial try for Northampton Saints in their 22-19 victory against Gloucester. Ruan Ackerman started at No 6 for Gloucester. Northampton brought Cobus Reinach and prop Francois van Wyk off the bench in the second half.
– Rohan Janse van Rensburg scored a brace of tries, while Faf de Klerk kicked a conversion and match-winning penalty for Sale in their 30-29 win against Harlequins. Jono Ross started for Sale, while Renaldo Bothma was part of the substitutes for Harlequins.
– Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper barged over to score for the Newcastle Falcons in their tense 28-20 win over Exeter Chiefs. The result brings Newcastle up to sixth, two points below fourth-placed Gloucester.
– Saracens, led by Brad Barritt, moved within five points of Exeter with a 38-15 win against Wasps. Schalk Burger scored a try for Saracens but was then yellow-carded in the first half. Prop Vincent Koch and flank Michael Rhodes both started for Saracens. Willie le Roux scored just before half-time for Wasps, who had Juan de Jongh, Ashley Johnson and Nizaam Carr in their starting XV.