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SARugbymag.co.za looks at the past weekend’s English Premiership, Pro14 and French Top 14 matches involving South African players.

Pro14

– 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.

English Premiership

– 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 JonghAshley Johnson and Nizaam Carr in their starting XV.

French Top 14
 Jandre Marais started for Bordeaux in their 19-10 win against Lyon. Ettienne Oosthuizen started for Lyon, who included Albertus Buckle and Henrik Roodt on the bench.

– Brive caused an upset as they beat Toulon 13-12. Peet Marais started for Brive, who had lock Johan Snyman on the bench. Duane VermeulenJuandre Kruger and Marcel van der Merwe all started for Toulon, while JP Pietersen was part of the substitutes.

– Agen gave their hopes of survival a massive boost with a 30-3 win over third-placed Castres. Johann Sadie and former Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie both started for Agen, while Castres started with Robert EbersohnRory KockottDaniel Kotze and Jody Jenneker.

 Bjorn Basson scored the opening try for Oyonnax as they salvaged a 38-38 draw against La Rochelle. Paul Jordaan started at outside centre for La Rochelle.

– Montpellier climbed to the top of the table with a 28-16 win over Stade Français. Centre Jan Serfontein, lock Paul Willemse and prop Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg all started for Montpellier, with hooker Bismarck du Plessis and prop Johannes Jonker on the bench. No 8 Willem Alberts and prop Heinke van der Merwe started for Stade.

– Pau stayed in touch with the top eight teams after they beat Toulouse 11-10. Prop Lourens Adriaanse came off the bench for Pau. Fullback Cheslin Kolbe put wing Wandile Mjekevu away to score for Toulouse, who started with Rynhardt Elstadt at flank.

– Racing 92 ran riot with eight tries in their 58-6 victory against Clermont. Scott Spedding started at fullback for Clermont, who dropped to 10th on the table.

Compiled by Dylan Jack

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  1. flyhalf Jaco van der Walt both played crucial roles in Edinburgh’s 37-7 win against the Kings

    Van Der Walt was even seconded to the Kings at one point but they decided not to contract him…

    Stupid affirmative political xhosa nostra team FAIL

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  2. 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.

    So I recall everyone saying “that doesn’t hurt” when we lost these soso provincial players but here’s the issue. The talent loss undermines provincial rugby JUST AS MUCH and WORSE than national and SR rugby. As we lose these soso guys we lose talent that improves the quality of Currie Cup, and by extension of Super Rugby which decreases national capacity.

    Who still disagrees with me tat he day of us having to qualify for RWC is far away… poloiticians and administrators couldn’t give a fuck. They just want control and hands on sponsor cash for “offishuls”

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  3. ” As we lose these soso guys we lose talent that improves the quality of Currie Cup, and by extension of Super Rugby which decreases national capacity.”

    diablo

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  4. @DavidS:

    Have to agree David. There is no way rugby in this country can produce the quality and numbers if we do not have full representation at all levels. If we continue losing players at certain tiers this will lead to collapse of the levels above them.

    As for my personal view, good on these guys for making a success of their foreign sojourn. Why not go and play in leagues where you earn loads more money, get to experience different cultures and lifestyles?

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  5. @Craven: As for my personal view, good on these guys for making a success of their foreign sojourn. Why not go and play in leagues where you earn loads more money, get to experience different cultures and lifestyles?

    Personal view too

    Given the chaotic political interference in the conduct of rugby and the incessant complaints, there is no future for white players here in any case. Rugby is a way out and a superb one to use. Embittering for local fans but best to them. If they get treated like an unpopular colour of koukie pen in a child’s pencil case, then the child doesn’t deserve to have the advantage of having a full set of koukies as opposed to just one colour.

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  6. At the very least there is an entire top quality Super Rugby team right there. At a push a quality test side too.

    There is a reason the likes of England, Ireland and even Scotland are now world-beaters… and that is a decade of Southern hemisphere players and coaches competing in their leagues.

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  7. Had they given Faf a contract it would have added much needed depth at 9 not to mention added another kicking option in the starting team.

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  8. The lower levels of French rugby are also full of South Africans. Pro D2 and Federale 1, 2 and 3 have many South African players. They don’t earn huge amounts of money but as in my personal case it is a way to emigrate from SA without having a University Degree.

    And now I’m coaching French kids every saturday morning and also transfered some of my expierience to the guys that I play with and coach. I had a U12 kid last year that can play for France if he doesn’t get injured or lose his way. He has all the skills required to play No 8. Going to be interesting to follow his progress.

    Cheers

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