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Saffas Abroad: Cronje outstanding in Japan

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

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP

– The Worcester Warriors, with Francois Hougaard and Gerrit-Jan van Velze, moved 10 points clear of the bottom of the table with a 23-6 win over London Irish, who included prop Petrus du Plessis and lock Franco van der Merwe in their starting XV. Sebastian de Chaves came off the bench for London Irish.

– Josh Strauss’ try helped Sale to a 32-9 win against a Bath side which included Francois Louw in their starting XV. Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Faf de Klerk started for Sale.

– The Newcastle Falcons beat Harlequins 11-10 to win their fourth game in a row in all competitions. Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper started for Newcastle.

– Cobus Reinach came off the bench to score a consolation try for the Northampton Saints in their 35-14 loss to the Exeter Chiefs. Don Armand started for Exeter, while Nic Groom started at scrumhalf for Northampton. Prop Francois van Wyk also came off the bench for the Saints but was yellow-carded in the 70th minute.

– Willie le Roux opened the scoring as Wasps produced a powerful second-half performance to beat Gloucester 49-24. Juan de Jongh and Nizaam Carr started for Wasps, with Ashley Johnsoncoming off the bench for the winning side. Ruan Ackermann played the full match for Gloucester.

– Saracens broke their seven-match losing run with a 29-17 win against the Leicester Tigers. Vincent Koch and Schalk Burger both came off the bench for Saracens.

PRO14

– Flank Braam Steyn and his Treviso teammates defeated Italian rivals Zebre 27-14. Flank Johan Meyer and Derick Minnie represented Zebre, with Meyer picking up a red card in the 46th minute for kicking an opponent.

– Edinburgh, with wing Duhan van der Merwe, flyhalf Jaco van der Walt and No 8 Cornell du Preez in their starting lineup, registered a stunning 18-17 upset win over the Glasgow Warriors. The result ended the Warriors’ 10-match winning streak in the competition.

– Connacht lashed Ulster 44-16 in their all-Irish encounter. Lock Quinn Roux played for the winners. Centre Louis Ludik, lock Robbie Diack and props Wiehahn Herbst and Schalk van der Merwe did service for Ulster. Ludik was given a yellow card in the second half.

FRENCH TOP 14

– Racing 92 moved level on points with second-placed Montpellier with a 23-19 win against Toulouse. Bernard le Roux started at flank for Racing, who brought Pat Lambie off the bench late on in the match. Cheslin Kolbe and Rynhardt Elstadt started for Toulouse.

– Agen claimed a crucial 27-13 victory over relegation rivals Brive. Johann Sadie scored the opening try for Agen, who named Ricky Januarie in their starting XV. Peet Marais started for Brive, who included Jan Uys and Petrus Hauman on the bench.

– Bordeaux produced the shock result of the weekend as they beat leaders La Rochelle 29-19. Juandré Marais started for Bordeaux.

– Montpellier, with Frans Steyn at flyhalf, powered to a 38-17 win against Lyon. Jacques du PlessisPaul WillemseJohannes Jonker and Bismarck du Plessis all started for Montpellier. Lyon started with Etienne Oosthuizen at lock, with hooker Deon Fourie and prop Albertus Buckleon the bench.

– JP Pietersen, at outside centre for Toulon, helped his team to an impressive 49-25 win over Oyonnax. Duane Vermeulen started for Toulon with Juandré Kruger on the bench, while Marcel van der Merwe came off the bench and scored a try. Steven Sykes started for Oyonnax, with Bjorn Basson on the bench.

– Scott Spedding’s try for Clermont was in vain as they went down to Pau 22-21. Lourens Adriaanse was named on the bench for Pau, while Flip van der Merwe started for Clermont.

– Castres powered to a bonus-point 28-6 win against Stade Français. Jody Jenneker started for Castres, who had Rory Kockott on the bench. Willem Alberts started at eighthman for Stade.

JAPANESE TOP LEAGUE

– Flyhalf Riaan Viljoen contributed 11 points via the boot to guide the NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes to a thrilling 16-13 away win over the NEC Green Rockets. Lock Wimpie van der Walt and No 8 Ryan Kankowski started alongside Viljoen for the winners, but Warren Whiteley replaced Kankowski in the second half.

– Bok Franco Mostert played for the Ricoh Black Rams in their 40-24 victory over the Canon Eagles at home. Mostert was yellow-carded in the 26th minute. Lock Phillip van der Walt started for the Eagles and scored the opening try of the game in the seventh minute.

– The Toshiba Brave Lupus slumped to a 28-24 defeat against the Suntory Sungoliath. Fullback Coenie van Wyk scored nine points – a try and two conversions – for Toshiba, but ultimately his effort wasn’t enough.

– Lappies Labuschagne and Lionel Mapoe were in the Kubota Spears side that beat the NNT Communications Shining Arcs 23-17. Mapoe scored the first try of the match in the 30th minute. Lock Grant Hattingh joined Labuschagne and Mapoe on the field in the second half. No 8 Willie Britz and flyhalf Elton Jantjies were on duty for the Shining Arcs, with the former scoring a try and the later slotting the conversion.

– Fullback Gerhard van der Heever’s Yamaha Jubilo suffered a 44-19 defeat at the hands of the Panasonic Wild Knights.

– Prop Hencus van Wyk, No 8 Nardus van der Walt and fullback André Esterhuizen were on duty for the Munakata Sanix Blues, who went down 17-15 to the Toyota Industries Shuttles.

– Toyota Verblitz, with prop Ruan Smith, lock Jason Jenkins, flyhalf Lionel Cronjé and fullback Gio Aplon in their ranks, claimed a 39-33 victory over the Kobe Kobelco Steelers. Jenkins scored a try in the first half, while Cronjé managed a self-converted try late in the second half to win the game for Verblitz.

Compiled by Mariette Adams and Dylan Jack

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Saffas abroad – Jordaan wins centre battle against Steyn

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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.

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP

– Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, his replacement Nic Groom and prop Francois van Wyk featured for the Northampton Saints, who slumped to a 24-22 defeat at home to the Newcastle Falcons. Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper started for the Falcons, who moved above Northampton and the Sale Sharks on the log.

– The Sale Sharks fired late to beat the Worcester Warriors 18-14 at Sixways despite conceding a red card in the 66th minute. Scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, tighthead Nick Schonert and wing Dean Hammond represented the Warriors. Sale had Rohan Janse van RensburgFaf de KlerkJosh Strauss and Jono Ross in their run-on lineup, with Janse van Rensburg crossing for the opening try of the match.

– The Exeter Chiefs lashed Bath 42-29 at Sandy Park to extend their lead at the top of the standings. Flank Don Armand started and scored a try for the defending champions. Bath used hooker Michael van Vuuren as an impact player in the second half.

– Gloucester, with Ruan Ackermann on duty at the back of the scrum, whacked London Irish 39-15 to move up to second on the Premiership table. Locks Franco van der Merwe and Sebastian de Chaves and prop Petrus du Plessis, did service for London Irish. This was Gloucester’s fifth consecutive win in the competition.

– Willie le RouxJuan de JonghNizaam Carr and captain Ashley Johnson all turned out for Wasps in their thrilling 32-25 victory against the Leicester Tigers. Carr scored a vital first-half try for Wasps and was named Man of the Match.

– Saracens, with captain Brad BarrittVincent Koch and Schalk Burger in their ranks, slumped to an agonising 20-19 defeat against fierce rivals Harlequins in the London derby. It was Saracens’ fifth straight defeat and they are now third on the log.

PRO14

– David Bulbring and Werner Kruger were in the Scarlets’ starting XV in their 28-21 loss to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, on loan from Western Province, was used as an impact player off the bench in the second half.

– Munster won their seventh game this season, beating strugglers the Ospreys 36-10 at Irish Independent Park. Flank Chris Cloete scored the opening try for Munster, who had Jean Kleyn at lock. Hanno Dirksen started at wing for the Ospreys.

– Treviso, with Irné Herbst at lock, lost 36-10 to Leinster at the Stadio Comunale Di Monigo.

– Lock George Earle started for the Cardiff Blues in their 40-16 loss to the Glasgow Warriors, who stretched their winning streak to 10 games.

– Ulster, featuring former Sharks wing Louis Ludik and prop Schalk van der Merwe, scored a late try to snatch a 32-32 draw against the Dragons. Prop Brok Harris started for the Dragons, who had Ligtoring Landman and Pat Howard on the bench.

–  Zebre moved off the bottom of Conference A with a 24-10 win over Connacht. Flank Johan Meyer scored a crucial try for Zebre, who had Luhandré Luus as their replacement hooker.

– Edinburgh, who included Duhan van der MerweJaco van der Walt and Cornell du Preez in their starting lineup, beat the Kings 48-21 in Port Elizabeth. Van der Walt kicked two conversions and a penalty for Edinburgh.

FRENCH TOP 14

– JP Pietersen came off the bench to score a try for Toulon in their 39-11 win over Lyon at the Stade Mayol. Duane Vermeulen, Juandré Kruger and Marcel van der Merwe all started for Toulon, while Lyon included locks Hendrick Roodt and Etienne Oosthuizen and prop Albertus Buckle in their starting XV.

– Pau moved within two points of Bordeaux with a 27-17 victory over the eighth-placed side. Tighthead Lourens Adriaanse started for Pau. Jandré Marais started for Bordeaux, who have won just one of their last five matches.

– Brive, with Peet Marais and replacement prop Johan Snyman, achieved a narrow 33-30 win over Oyonnax. The win lifts Brive off the bottom of the table into 12th position.

–  Paul Jordaan scored a try for La Rochelle in their 26-14 win over Montpellier, allowing them to overtake Montpellier at the top of the table. Montpellier included Frans SteynJan Serfontein and Nico Janse van Rensburg in their starting lineup while Wiaan Liebenberg came off the bench for the losing side.

–  Clermont moved up to ninth place with a 35-26 win over Agen. Former Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe and France fullback Scott Spedding came off the bench for Clermont. Johann Sadie and Ricky Januarie started for Agen, who dropped closer to the bottom of the table.

– Hooker Jody Jenneker scored a crucial try for Castres. They made it five wins in a row with a 41-31 win against Toulouse, who started Cheslin Kolbe, at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. Rory Kockottstarted on the bench for Castres, while Danie Mienie and Rynhardt Elstadt came off the bench for Toulouse.

– Stade Français drew themselves away from the danger zone with a entertaining 27-17 victory over Paris rivals Racing 92. Willem Alberts started for Stade who included Craig Burden and Charl McCleod on the bench.

Saffas Abroad: Lambie and JP shines in Top 14

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

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP

– No 8 Ruan Ackermann started for Gloucester in their surprise 23-17 victory against Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium. Brad Barritt led Sarries, who also had No 8 Schalk Burger, hooker Schalk Brits and prop Vincent Koch in their side. Brits scored Saracens’ only try. The defeat sees Saracens relinquish their place at the top of the log.

– The Worcester Warriors, featuring scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, No 8 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, prop Nick Schonert and wing Dean Hammond, stunned the Northampton Saints 30-15 at Sixways Stadium. Cobus Reinach started for the Saints, while Francois van Wyk and Nic Groom were used as impact players in the second half.

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– In his 150th appearance for the club, Ashley Johnson led Wasps to a superb 40-10 win against the Newcastle Falcons. Johnson played alongside fullback Willie le Roux, centre Juan de Jonghand flank Nizaam Carr. Le Roux was in fine form and scooped the Man of the Match award. Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper did duty for Newcastle.

– The Exeter Chiefs recorded a comfortable 31-17 triumph over Harlequins. Don Armand played openside flank for the Chiefs, who now occupy top spot on the log.

– The Sale Sharks suffered a 35-27 defeat at the hands of the Leicester Tigers. Captain Jono RossJosh Strauss and Faf de Klerk all started for Sale, with De Klerk kicking two conversions and a penalty.

– Hooker Michael van Vuuren and his Bath teammates were too strong for London Irish, claiming a 22-18 win away from home. Locks Sebastian de Chaves and Franco van der Merwe, as well as prop Petrus du Plessis, represented London Irish.

FRENCH TOP 14

– Clermont handed competition trendsetters Lyon a 39-18 defeat at Stade Marcel Michelin. Flip van der Merwe was at No 5 lock for Clermont and came up against his brother Francois van der Merwe, who played in the same position for Lyon. Lock Etienne Oosthuizen and hooker Deon Fourie also did service for Lyon.

– Fullback Tian Schoeman and lock Jandré Marais formed part of the Bordeaux side that beat Agen 33-23. Marais crossed for one of Bordeaux’s three tries. Scrumhalf Ricky Januarie earned a starting berth for Agen, while centre Johann Sadie was included on the bench.

– Pau, with prop Lourens Adriaanse in their team, lashed Brive 34-15. Second rowers Peet Marais and Jan Uys started in tandem for Brive, while fellow lock Johan Snyman came on in the second half. Pau are 10th in the standings and Brive 13th.

– Robert EbersohnRory Kockott and Jody Jenneker all featured prominently for Castres in their 31-15 triumph over La Rochelle. Paul Jordaan played outside centre for La Rochelle.

– Jan Serfontein scored his first try of the competition, as the midfield partnership between him and Frans Steyn continued to flourish for Montpellier, who beat Toulouse 32-22. The centre pair, along with fullback Henry Immelman, flank Wiaan Liebenberg, locks Paul Willemse and Jacques du Plessis and props Johannes Jonker and Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg all turned out for the winners, who are now four points clear at the top of the log. Fullback Cheslin Kolbe, wing Wandile Mjekevu, flank Rynhardt Elstadt and prop Danie Mienie and Maks van Dyk were on duty for Toulouse. Van Dyk scored his team’s only try.

– Stade Français returned to winning ways with a thrilling 39-35 triumph over Oyonnax in Paris. Willem Alberts started at the back of the scrum for Stade and Gurthrö Steenkamp at loosehead prop. Craig BurdenCharl McLeod and Morné Steyn were on the bench. Lock Steven Sykesstarted for Oyonnax.

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– Wing JP Pietersen’s two-try performance for Toulon was in vain, as they were handed a shock 40-29 defeat by Racing 92, whose flyhalf, Pat Lambie, landed four conversions and four penalties for a personal tally of 20 points. Juandré Kruger and Marcel van der Merwe played with Pietersen for Toulon, while Antonie Claassen was at No 8 for Racing.

Compiled by Mariette Adams

Saffas in Europe – Carr get of with a bang

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SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s Anglo-Welsh Cup matches, involving South African players.

– Hooker Michael van Vuuren featured in the Bath side that recorded a 33-31 comeback win over the Leicester Tigers at the Rec. The result keeps Bath at the top of the standings in Pool 1.

– Nizaam Carr enjoyed a fine debut for Wasps, as they brushed aside the Ospreys 36-12 in Swansea. Starting at No 8, Carr crashed over for a try in the 44th minute. Wasps are second in the pool behind Bath.

– Stand-in captain and No 8 Josh Strauss inspired the Sale Sharks to a thrilling 29-22 victory over Saracens, courtesy of a dominant second-half display in Eccles.

 

– The Newcastle Falcons ran in nine tries to crush the Cardiff Blues 57-0 at Kingston Park. Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper played for the Falcons, while lock George Earle captained the struggling Blues.

– Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and his Northampton Saints teammates cruised to a 41-7 victory against the Dragons at Franklin’s Gardens. Reinach scored one of the Saints’ six tries. Pat Howardstarted at inside centre for the Dragons and Ligtoring Landman at No 5 lock, while prop Brok Harris was used as an impact player.

– Dean Hammond scored a hat-trick for the Worcester Warriors, but it wasn’t enough as they slumped to a 45-37 defeat at the hands of Harlequins. Debutant hooper Kurt Haupt and prop Nick Schonert played alongside Hammond for the Warriors.

Saffas Abroad – A look at our players abroad

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SARugbymag.co.za looks at the past weekend’s Pro14, French Top 14 and Anglo-Welsh Cup matches, involving South African players.

PRO14

– Connacht, with lock Quinn Roux in their starting lineup, defeated the Cheetahs 23-15 in Galway on Saturday.

– Lock George Earle came on in the 63rd minute for the Cardiff Blues in their 37-8 bonus-point win over Zebre at home. No 8 Derick Minnie, flank Johan Meyer and hooker Luhandré Luus played for Zebre. The result takes the Blues from seventh to fifth position in Conference A.

– Edinburgh registered a 37-10 bonus-point victory against the Ospreys. No 8 Cornell du Preezwas in the winning team’s run-on XV.

– Centre Louis Ludik and prop Wiehahn Herbst were in the Ulster side that pipped the Kings 43-36 in Port Elizabeth. But it was their teammate Robbie Diack who came off the bench to score the match-winning try for the visitors.

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– The Scarlets, featuring lock David Bulbring and prop Werner Kruger, had to work hard to beat Treviso 20-8.

– The Glasgow Warriors beat Leinster 31-21 to maintain their perfect run in the competition. Leinster used hooker Richard Strauss as an impact player.

– Munster humiliated the Dragons 49-6 at Independent Park in Cork. Blindside flank Chris Cloetemade his debut for Munster playing alongside compatriot Jean Kleyn. Lock Ligtoring Landmanstarted for the Dragons, while Brok HarrisSarel Pretorius and Pat Howard were on the bench.

FRENCH TOP 14

– Wing Cheslin Kolbe scored one of five tries to help Toulouse to a 38-37 win over Bordeaux. Prop Maks van Dyk and speedster Wandile Mjekevu were among Toulouse’s substitutes. Lock Jandré Marais and flyhalf Tian Schoeman were on duty for Bordeaux.

– Backs Robert Ebersohn and Rory Kockott and hooker Jody Jenneker starred for Castres in their 32-19 away win over Oyonnax. Scrumhalf James Hall and lock Steven Sykes represented Oyonnax.

– Table-toppers Lyon had their lead at the summit of the standings cut down to one after slumping to a 19-15 defeat at the hands of La Rochelle. Paul Jordaan was at outside centre for La Rochelle. Hendrik RoodtEtienne OosthuizenFrancois van der Merwe and Deon Fourie all featured for Lyon.

– Pat Lambie came off the bench to slot an important conversion in the 78th minute as Racing beat Pau 23-20 in Paris. Flank Antonie Claassen was also a second-half substitute for Racing. TIghthead prop Lourens Adriaanse started for Pau.

– Bottom-feeders Agen, with Ricky Januarie at scrumhalf and centre Johann Sadie on the bench, stunned a star-studded Toulon side 26-24 at home. Bok duo Duane VermeulenJuandré Krugerand Marcel van der Merwe were in Toulon’s starting lineup and JP Pietersen on the bench. The result lifts Agen off the bottom of the log.

– Blindside flank Petrus Hauman and locks Jan Uys and Peet Marais formed part of the Brive team that edged Stade  Français 20-19. Despite his team losing, Morné Steyn had a brilliant game as he scored a try and knocked over two conversions for an 11-point haul. Charl McLeod and Willem Alberts played with Steyn for Stade.

– Centre Jan Serfontein made his debut for Montpellier, but it was his midfield partner Frans Steynwho contributed 12 points via two tries and a conversion to help Montpellier claim a stunning 28-24 triumph over Clermont. Apart from the Bok centre-combination, fullback Henry Immelman, No 8 Jacques du Plessis, blindside flank Wiaan Liebenberg, locks Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg and Paul Willemse and prop Johannes Jonker turned out for the winning team. Flip van der Merwe started for Clermont.

ANGLO-WELSH CUP

– The Worcester Warriors, with wing Dean Hammond and prop Nick Schonert in their ranks, slumped to a 24-21 defeat against the Sale Sharks in round one of this competition.

– Scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and loosehead prop Francois van Wyk featured in the Northampton Saints side that lost 43-28 to the Exeter Chiefs.

– Prop Pat Cilliers and his Leicester Tigers teammates were lucky to open their campaign with a 26-24 victory against Gloucester.

– Hooker Michael van Vuuren’s Bath beat London Irish 26-22 in London. Lock Franco van der Merwe and prop Petrus du Plessis did service for Irish.

– Wasps selected Juan de Jongh at inside centre for their first-round clash, which resulted in a 53-41 defeat against the Newcastle Falcons.

– With Tim Swiel earning a rare start at flyhalf, Harlequins claimed a thrilling 30-29 win over Saracens at Allianz Park in London.

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Saffas Abroad – A look at our players abroad

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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.

ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP

– Don Armand and the Exeter Chiefs ground out a dull 10-6 victory against the Sale Sharks. Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk, No 8 Josh Strauss and openside flank Jono Ross started for Sale, with De Klerk accounting for their points via two penalties.

– Harlequins, with Tim Swiel in their match-day squad, edged the Worcester Warriors 41-35 in an entertaining contest in London. Wynand Olivier was the Warriors’ outside centre, but it was compatriot Dean Hammond who made an impact off the bench for Worcester. The winger scored two tries to help the Warriors earn two much-needed bonus points.

– Wasps caused a stunning upset when they beat the Northampton Saints 38-22 at Franklin’s Gardens. Fullback Willie le Roux, inside centre Juan de Jongh and hooker Ashley Johnson all starred for the winners. Johnson scored a try and provided two try assists, including one for De Jongh, who scored his first try in the competition. Nic Groom was Saints’ starting scrumhalf and was replaced in the second half by Cobus Reinach. Northampton also used prop Francois van Wyk as an impact player.

– With Schalk BurgerVincent Koch and Brad Barritt in their ranks, Saracens turned on the style to demolish London Irish 44-13 at Allianz Park. Lock Franco van der Merwe and former Sarries tighthead prop Petrus du Plessis earned starting berths for London Irish. The bonus-point win takes Saracens two points clear at the top of the log.

– Flank Ruan Ackermann was industrious for Gloucester in their dramatic 22-21 win over Bath. Trailing 21-15 with time up on the clock, Gloucester kept the ball alive and were rewarded with a match-winning converted try in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

– Prop Pat Cilliers formed part of the Leicester Tigers side that battered the Newcastle Falcons 30-13 at Kingston Park. Ex-Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper was on duty for the Falcons.

PRO14

– Lock Quinn Roux’s Connacht stunned favourites Munster 20-16 in Galway. Munster had CJ Stander as their eighthman. The loss means Munster now trail the Conference A leaders the Glasgow Warriors by 12 log points.

– The Dragons, featuring scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius, wing Pat Howard, lock Ligtoring Landmanand prop Brok Harris, slumped to a 28-14 defeat at the hands of Connacht. The Dragons are second last in the Conference B standings.

– Edinburgh produced a clinical performance to overcome Treviso 24-13 away from home. Cornell du Preez and WP Nel did service for the winning team, while blindside flank Braam Steyn played for Treviso.

– Zebre suffered an agonising 24-23 defeat against the Cheetahs in Parma. Derick MinnieJohan Meyer and Luhandré Luus featured for the Italian club. The Cheetahs are now just a point adrift of second-placed Munster in Conference A.

– Ulster, with Jean Deysel at No 8, lost 25-10 to Leinster in their all Irish-affair at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Hooker Rob Herring, loose forward Robbie Diack and wing Louis Ludik were on Ulster’s bench. Hooker Richardt Strauss was used an impact player by Leinster.

– The Scarlets beat the Cardiff Blues 30-17 to cement their place at the top of the Conference B table. The Blues are rooted to the bottom of the conference. Tighthead prop Werner Kruger and lock David Bulbring were on duty for the Scarlets.

FRENCH TOP 14

– Toulon hammered Brive 41-24 in an ill-disciplined affair that produced six yellow cards. Bok duo Juandré Kruger and Marcel van der Merwe started for Toulon, while the club’s regular captain Duane Vermeulen made his comeback from injury via the bench. Lock Jan Uys and No 8 Petrus Hauman started for the struggling Brive, who are now bottom of the standings.

– Montpellier battled their way back to a 22-16 victory against hosts Pau. Frans Steyn retained his starting role at outside centre for the winners, while Wiaan Liebenberg played openside flank and Jacques du Plessis and Nico Janse van Rensburg were the lock pairing.

– Competition trendsetters Lyon continued their superb run of form with a 52-18 bashing of Oyonnax. Blindside Deon Fourie, lock Hendrik Roodt and prop Albertus Buckle were in Lyon’s run-on side, but it was their teammate Etienne Oosthuizen who came off the bench to score a try. Lock Steven Sykes represented Oyonnax.

– Racing 92 scored two late tries to defeat Bordeaux 29-13 in another ill-disciplined contest. There were three red and two yellow cards. Antonie Claassen played eighthman for Racing and Pat Lambie came on as their substitute flyhalf.

– Scott Spedding and Flip van der Merwe were in the Clermont team that lashed the out-of-sorts Stade Français 33-10. Bok trio Morné SteynWillem Alberts and Gurthrö Steenkamp were in Stade’s starting lineup, with Steyn slotting a solitary penalty. Scrumhalf Charl McLeod joined them on the field in the second half to score Stade’s only try.

– Castres thumped Agen 43-28 to return to winning ways in the league. Robert EbersohnDaniel KotzeJody Jenneker and Rory Kockott were all in action for the winners, while No 9 Ricky Januarie turned out for Agen.

– Paul Jordaan’s La Rochelle hammered Cheslin Kolbe’s Toulouse 37-21 at home. Front rowers Danie Mienie and Maks van Dyk were included on Toulouse’s bench. There were three cards – a red and two yellows – and Kolbe was one of the recipients.

Compiled by Mariette Adams