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Might as well start this now, with the NH season kicking off.

Caught the first half of London Irish vs Sale Sharks on the weekend.

Sale Sharks had all 3 du Preez brothers playing, as well as Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen.

Irish had Ruan Botha playing for them.

The du Preez brothers, Rohan and Akker played great games. Also a try from Ruan Botha.


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Might as well start this now, with the NH season kicking off.

Caught the first half of London Irish vs Sale Sharks on the weekend.

Sale Sharks had all 3 du Preez brothers playing, as well as Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen.

Irish had Ruan Botha playing for them.

The du Preez brothers, Rohan and Akker played great games. Also a try from Ruan Botha.

Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


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Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


Indeed. Scored a great try and landed his kicks.

Look what Sale did to Faf. Wouldn't be surprised if all three brothers are back in the Bok picture in the next couple of years.


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Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


Indeed. Scored a great try and landed his kicks.

Look what Sale did to Faf. Wouldn't be surprised if all three brothers are back in the Bok picture in the next couple of years.


they all left ( Akker included ) because they had no chance with the current bok set up...Nothing will change in the near future with Rassie holding the puppet master strings over the next coach.....

Let them enjoy , play well and make lots of money.


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This is just another example of our head in the sand mentality. We steadfastly belief we have the best players (junior and senior), set up and coaches. Then average players leave and get significantly better in a few months.

Let's hope that after the RWC Rassie has time to address this.


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Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


Indeed. Scored a great try and landed his kicks.

Look what Sale did to Faf. Wouldn't be surprised if all three brothers are back in the Bok picture in the next couple of years.


they all left ( Akker included ) because they had no chance with the current bok set up...Nothing will change in the near future with Rassie holding the puppet master strings over the next coach.....

Let them enjoy , play well and make lots of money.


They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


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assfly wrote:
Might as well start this now, with the NH season kicking off.

Caught the first half of London Irish vs Sale Sharks on the weekend.

Sale Sharks had all 3 du Preez brothers playing, as well as Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Akker van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen.

Irish had Ruan Botha playing for them.

The du Preez brothers, Rohan and Akker played great games. Also a try from Ruan Botha.


Also Papier on the bench? Jono Ross, captain of course...though he's English qualified I think. And Faf and Lood when they return.


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This is just another example of our head in the sand mentality. We steadfastly belief we have the best players (junior and senior), set up and coaches. Then average players leave and get significantly better in a few months.

Let's hope that after the RWC Rassie has time to address this.

You know 8Eye, I really believe that SA produces so much rugby talent. We are almost born to play this game. The problem is our admin structures and the belief in ultra conservative coaches.
Have a look on youtube for Rising Son, the Poms journey to the RWC.


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They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


I don't think it's that simple. Of the dozens of Saffas we'll see playing abroad this season, many are good enough for the Springboks. Are they right for the current Springbok gameplan and coach? Perhaps not.


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They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


I don't think it's that simple. Of the dozens of Saffas we'll see playing abroad this season, many are good enough for the Springboks. Are they right for the current Springbok gameplan and coach? Perhaps not.

its actually a blessing that they are not exposed to this aimless boxkicking and stampkar


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They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


I don't think it's that simple. Of the dozens of Saffas we'll see playing abroad this season, many are good enough for the Springboks. Are they right for the current Springbok gameplan and coach? Perhaps not.

its actually a blessing that they are not exposed to this aimless boxkicking and stampkar

Yes and the chance to win a RWC trophy


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assfly wrote:
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They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


I don't think it's that simple. Of the dozens of Saffas we'll see playing abroad this season, many are good enough for the Springboks. Are they right for the current Springbok gameplan and coach? Perhaps not.

its actually a blessing that they are not exposed to this aimless boxkicking and stampkar

Yes and the chance to win a RWC trophy


Dont you ever think that these boys are going to take awhile to adjust back to playing their normal brand of rugby after being so conditioned. I thought about it awhile ago..
How is Faf going to change his habit of kicking everything. Nkosi, Mapimpi etc....are they going to be chasing every time the scrumhalf gets the ball instead of preparing for a pass / backline move....

oh those boys are young enough still


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Watched the highlights of Gloucester vs Wasps last night.

Ruan Ackermann set up a fantastic try for Gloucester, with Franco Marais playing 2.

Wasps had Carr and JdJ playing.


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Watched the highlights of Gloucester vs Wasps last night.

Ruan Ackermann set up a fantastic try for Gloucester, with Franco Marais playing 2.

Wasps had Carr and JdJ playing.

Some excellent tries by Glaws in crappy conditions


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Some excellent tries by Glaws in crappy conditions


Yes. The try for the charge down made me chuckle. Dives from 8 meters out and just skids in :lol:


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assfly wrote:
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Some excellent tries by Glaws in crappy conditions


Yes. The try for the charge down made me chuckle. Dives from 8 meters out and just skids in :lol:

Using the conditions well :)


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Shithole's gonna shithole?


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Shithole's gonna shithole?


That's no way to speak about Gloucester.


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Shithole's gonna shithole?


That's no way to speak about Gloucester.


:thumbup: :lol:


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Shithole's gonna shithole?


That's no way to speak about Gloucester.

AC got a bit of extra time on his hands these days.


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There’s about 23 playing in Tokyo this weekend.


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assfly wrote:
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They had no chance because they aren't at a good enough level. The only one that is even debatable is JLdP. Like Handy says, if they improve significantly in England, the door still stands open.


I don't think it's that simple. Of the dozens of Saffas we'll see playing abroad this season, many are good enough for the Springboks. Are they right for the current Springbok gameplan and coach? Perhaps not.


Who are better than the current incumbent Springbok? Serfontein is the only really immediate one that jumps out to me.


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Who are better than the current incumbent Springbok? Serfontein is the only really immediate one that jumps out to me.


I'm not saying they're better, per se, just different.

For example, JLdP would walk into any international side. But is his style of play what the Boks need right now, probably not. The way PSdT plays 7 is more in line with what Rassie wants to play. i.e. a lot faster even we lose a bit of grunt with ball in hand.

That's where I've got to give Rassie his due. In my personal opinion there are better players he could have picked, but he's molded a side around a style of play that has got us to a world cup final.


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Look at it this way. Sarfu isn't paying their wages or their development. If they come good it's a win win.


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assfly wrote:
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Who are better than the current incumbent Springbok? Serfontein is the only really immediate one that jumps out to me.


I'm not saying they're better, per se, just different.

For example, JLdP would walk into any international side. But is his style of play what the Boks need right now, probably not. The way PSdT plays 7 is more in line with what Rassie wants to play. i.e. a lot faster even we lose a bit of grunt with ball in hand.

That's where I've got to give Rassie his due. In my personal opinion there are better players he could have picked, but he's molded a side around a style of play that has got us to a world cup final.


Would he though? He'd walk in to the ABs? England? Not that I disagree that he should have been given more of a chance. He's young, the door is open. I hope that Rassie stays in contact with the lads over in Europe.


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assfly wrote:
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Who are better than the current incumbent Springbok? Serfontein is the only really immediate one that jumps out to me.


I'm not saying they're better, per se, just different.

For example, JLdP would walk into any international side. But is his style of play what the Boks need right now, probably not. The way PSdT plays 7 is more in line with what Rassie wants to play. i.e. a lot faster even we lose a bit of grunt with ball in hand.

That's where I've got to give Rassie his due. In my personal opinion there are better players he could have picked, but he's molded a side around a style of play that has got us to a world cup final.


Would he though? He'd walk in to the ABs? England? Not that I disagree that he should have been given more of a chance. He's young, the door is open. I hope that Rassie stays in contact with the lads over in Europe.

Would he walk into the England side right now?

What a pathetic whinge


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Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


Indeed. Scored a great try and landed his kicks.

Look what Sale did to Faf. Wouldn't be surprised if all three brothers are back in the Bok picture in the next couple of years.


they all left ( Akker included ) because they had no chance with the current bok set up...Nothing will change in the near future with Rassie holding the puppet master strings over the next coach.....

Ummm, they left because of you cockroach supporters.


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Pierre Schoeman, Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe all played for Edinburgh last weekend. All three may appear for Scotland in the next few years (all moved here at a time when the 3 year eligibility rule was in place).


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Pierre Schoeman, Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe all played for Edinburgh last weekend. All three may appear for Scotland in the next few years (all moved here at a time when the 3 year eligibility rule was in place).

How is Pierre and Duhan playing? Both were hell of a lot talented as schoolboys.


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OomPB wrote:
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Even the one playing at 10? :shock:

What has changed since earlier this year?


Indeed. Scored a great try and landed his kicks.

Look what Sale did to Faf. Wouldn't be surprised if all three brothers are back in the Bok picture in the next couple of years.


they all left ( Akker included ) because they had no chance with the current bok set up...Nothing will change in the near future with Rassie holding the puppet master strings over the next coach.....

Ummm, they left because of you cockroach supporters.


Uhmmmm....they left for money dude....lots and lots of it...us Sharks supporters are disappointed but understand. Theres no point flogging a dead horse...especially when some teams are being forced to sell their stadiums to finance their operations because the team is so underwhelming that they never get the opportunity to make playoffs for the extra cash....


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Uhmmmm....they left for money dude....lots and lots of it...us Sharks supporters are disappointed but understand. Theres no point flogging a dead horse...especially when some teams are being forced to sell their stadiums to finance their operations because the team is so underwhelming that they never get the opportunity to make playoffs for the extra cash....

Its you Sharks supporters and media that chased the du Preez Clan away.
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Uhmmmm....they left for money dude....lots and lots of it...us Sharks supporters are disappointed but understand. Theres no point flogging a dead horse...especially when some teams are being forced to sell their stadiums to finance their operations because the team is so underwhelming that they never get the opportunity to make playoffs for the extra cash....

Its you Sharks supporters and media that chased the du Preez Clan away.
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I am quite surprised you have so much time to follow the Sharks....but we are fine thank you. I am pleased for the twins that they got away from the toxic environment that is South Africa. And I am very happy with our new coach and all the new guys we made with the money we made from the sale. At least we don't have to sell Kings park to pay our staff wages...

That's the big difference between us and you. You really have idiots running your shit show. You cant make money and keep or buy decent players like that....I still don't know where you thought you would find the money to buy Bosch


You know ouboet...before going around pointing a finger at other unions remember there are 4 fingers pointing back at you and you are arguing from a very weak position.

Right now you sound like the bitter old man who gives his undying loyalty to a union that voks him over year in and year out.


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Pierre Schoeman, Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe all played for Edinburgh last weekend. All three may appear for Scotland in the next few years (all moved here at a time when the 3 year eligibility rule was in place).

How is Pierre and Duhan playing? Both were hell of a lot talented as schoolboys.

Biffo forgot Mike Willemse who started as well.

Like the pride of Loeriesfontein before him, Schoeman had a bit of a problem adjusting the the Pro14 refs. Now he has done that he is busily destroying front rows. He is a massive fan favourite for his general attitude and his charges ball in hand. Edinburgh have the reputation for having the quietest fans in rugby (hence the ground being nick named 'The Library'), but when he gets the ball the cry of 'Schoooooooooe' goes up. Stone cold Scotland interational as soon as he is eligible. Just needs to cut out the silly 'I'll show how macho I am' penalties.

Duhan is another big fan favourite. He has been called the most destructive runner in the Pro14, which I think is pushing it. But if he is not brought down early he is hard to stop and seems to relish bumping off tacklers. He'll be capped asap to tie him, but he needs to learn that occasionally passing the ball is a better option than taking contact, and can also drift out of games if the ball does not come to him.

I have only seen Willemse once but am very impressed so far.

Edinburgh's first choice front row will be Schoeman, McInally, Nel. Backed up by Bhatti, Willemse, Berghan.

Van der Walt had a sticky start but has come on. He is no world beater but is a good solid club pro.

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OomPB wrote:
Biffer29 wrote:
Pierre Schoeman, Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe all played for Edinburgh last weekend. All three may appear for Scotland in the next few years (all moved here at a time when the 3 year eligibility rule was in place).

How is Pierre and Duhan playing? Both were hell of a lot talented as schoolboys.

Biffo forgot Mike Willemse who started as well.

Like the pride of Loeriesfontein before him, Schoeman had a bit of a problem adjusting the the Pro14 refs. Now he has done that he is busily destroying front rows. He is a massive fan favourite for his general attitude and his charges ball in hand. Edinburgh have the reputation for having the quietest fans in rugby (hence the ground being nick named 'The Library'), but when he gets the ball the cry of 'Schoooooooooe' goes up. Stone cold Scotland interational as soon as he is eligible. Just needs to cut out the silly 'I'll show how macho I am' penalties.

Duhan is another big fan favourite. He has been called the most destructive runner in the Pro14, which I think is pushing it. But if he is not brought down early he is hard to stop and seems to relish bumping off tacklers. He'll be capped asap to tie him, but he needs to learn that occasionally passing the ball is a better option than taking contact, and can also drift out of games if the ball does not come to him.

I have only seen Willemse once but am very impressed so far.

Edinburgh's first choice front row will be Schoeman, McInally, Nel. Backed up by Bhatti, Willemse, Berghan.

Van der Walt had a sticky start but has come on. He is no world beater but is a good solid club pro.

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https://www.scottishrugby.org/fanzone/w ... ot-forward


yeah, forgot about Willemse. looked good so far.

i reckon van der Walt will get capped, because Scotland is so short of options at 10.

Schoeman is very, very good and seems to be prepared to work to get better. Genuinely funny guy as well.


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Shite now I remember Jaco van der Walt. :blush: He played with Faf for the Lions. Very good kicker.


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Hope WP Nel make the Lions squad. Is Huw Jones still playing?


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Biffer29 wrote:
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Biffer29 wrote:
Pierre Schoeman, Jaco van der Walt and Duhan van der Merwe all played for Edinburgh last weekend. All three may appear for Scotland in the next few years (all moved here at a time when the 3 year eligibility rule was in place).

How is Pierre and Duhan playing? Both were hell of a lot talented as schoolboys.

Biffo forgot Mike Willemse who started as well.

Like the pride of Loeriesfontein before him, Schoeman had a bit of a problem adjusting the the Pro14 refs. Now he has done that he is busily destroying front rows. He is a massive fan favourite for his general attitude and his charges ball in hand. Edinburgh have the reputation for having the quietest fans in rugby (hence the ground being nick named 'The Library'), but when he gets the ball the cry of 'Schoooooooooe' goes up. Stone cold Scotland interational as soon as he is eligible. Just needs to cut out the silly 'I'll show how macho I am' penalties.

Duhan is another big fan favourite. He has been called the most destructive runner in the Pro14, which I think is pushing it. But if he is not brought down early he is hard to stop and seems to relish bumping off tacklers. He'll be capped asap to tie him, but he needs to learn that occasionally passing the ball is a better option than taking contact, and can also drift out of games if the ball does not come to him.

I have only seen Willemse once but am very impressed so far.

Edinburgh's first choice front row will be Schoeman, McInally, Nel. Backed up by Bhatti, Willemse, Berghan.

Van der Walt had a sticky start but has come on. He is no world beater but is a good solid club pro.

Edit
Recent SRU article about Nel.
https://www.scottishrugby.org/fanzone/w ... ot-forward


yeah, forgot about Willemse. looked good so far.

i reckon van der Walt will get capped, because Scotland is so short of options at 10.

Schoeman is very, very good and seems to be prepared to work to get better. Genuinely funny guy as well.

Van der Walt at 10 for Scotland is really scraping the barrel.


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Hope WP Nel make the Lions squad. Is Huw Jones still playing?

Jones is at Glasgow and appears to have fallen out with Rennie. His form has been variable so it is a bit of chicken and egg as to whether is form is suffering from not playing or he is not playing because of his form.

Last weekend he was on the bench and looked a class above everyone else on the field when he came on.


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I see Willemse was on the bench for Saracens yesterday, didn't see him play.

Caught a bit of Jan Serfontein who looked in great form. If I were the Bulls I'd pull out all of the stops to get him back.

I also thought that all of the Saffas in the Barbarians team played very well. I thought Lleyds was particularly good; that sort of style of playing really suits him.


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SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the past weekend’s first round of European Champions and Challenge Cup matches involving South African players.

CHAMPIONS CUP

Pool 1

– Last season’s finalists Leinster powered to a 33-19 home win over Benetton Treviso. The Italian side had lock Irne Herbst, flank Braam Steyn and scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage in their starting lineup. Steyn made 16 carries, the most of any player in the match, and 10 tackles, winning a turnover.

– The Northampton Saints put in a fine first-half display to beat Lyon 25-14. Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach made a welcome return to Northampton’s starting lineup and put in a typically effective showing, especially with ball-in-hand. Reinach made 116 metres from eight carries, including two clean breaks and kicked effectively from the base of the ruck. Loosehead prop Frans van Wyk was a replacement for the Saints, while lock Hendrik Roodt was a sub for Lyon.

Pool 2

– South African-born Canadian wing DTH van der Merwe scored a crucial try as the Glasgow Warriors beat the Sale Sharks 13-7. Bok tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen muscled his way over from close range for a try as Sale threatened a comeback, but the Warriors hung on for the win. Despite appearing on the losing side, Dan du Preez continued his excellent form, topping the carry stats with 44 metres gained from 17 carries, while also making 18 tackles, eight passes and three offloads. On-loan scrumhalf Embrose Papier accounted himself well in his first European appearance, making 83 passes in total. Jean-Luc du Preez, Jono Ross, Robert du Preez and Akker van der Merwe also all did duty for the Sharks. Glasgow had Oli Kebble at loosehead prop and Kyle Steyn on the bench.

– The Exeter Chiefs started their campaign with a bonus-point 31-12 away win over French side La Rochelle. Flank Jacques Vermeulen made 13 carries, gaining 12 metres, while making 17 tackles in another standout performance for the Chiefs since joining from the Sharks this season. Wiaan Liebenberg started at flank for La Rochelle, but was rather subdued, making 11 tackles before being replaced before the hour mark. Jannes Kirsten played 15 minutes at lock for the Chiefs.

Pool 3

Marcell Coetzee played a starring role to help Ulster claim a narrow 17-16 win away from home against Bath. Starting at No 8, Coetzee made 19 carries (the most in the match) and 17 tackles, while also winning two crucial turnovers while Ulster defended their lead. Louis Ludik got just under 20 minutes off the bench for Ulster and made 32 metres from three carries.

Pool 4

– Munster scored a fourth try after the hooter to get a bonus-point in their 31-13 victory against the Ospreys in Swansea. Irish-capped duo CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn started for Munster, while Arno Botha was a substitute. Stander made a massive 49 metres from 23 carries and came away with 100% tackle success rate, completing all 17 of his attempts, while also winning two turnovers. The Ospreys had scrumhalf Shaun Venter, wing Hanno Dirksen and on-loan Lions lock Marvin Orie in their starting XV. Orie made 17 tackles, but missed seven of his attempts.

– Racing 92 piled more misery onto Saracens as they stunned the defending champions with a comfortable 30-10 win in Paris. Racing, who are second from bottom in the French Top 14, scored four tries to come away with a bonus point, leaving Saracens with plenty to ponder as the English giants battle a potential points deduction in the Premiership. Tighthead prop Vincent Koch and on-loan Damian Willemse both returned to Saracens from their World Cup exploits via the bench, but neither made enough of an impact to change the game in their side’s favour.

Pool 5

– Last season’s semi-finalists Toulouse began their campaign with a vital 25-20 away win over Gloucester. Bok flank Rynhardt Elstadt put in a Man of the Match performance as he disrupted Gloucester’s lineout and made a total of 18 tackles. Gloucester had Ruan Ackermann, Gerbrandt Grobler and Franco Marais in their starting lineup and brought Corne Fourie off the bench.

– Connacht produced one of the upsets of the round when they kicked a penalty in the final 20 minutes to beat Montpellier 23-20. The French giants fielded several South Africans in their matchday 23, including centre Jan Serfontein and locks Nico Janse van Rensburg and Paul Willemse in their starting XV. France-capped Willemse was harshly yellow carded for a dangerous tackle just before half-time. The Du Plessis brothers, Bismarck and Jannie as well as lock Jacques du Plessis and utility back Henry Immelman made appearances for Montpellier from the bench.

CHALLENGE CUP

Pool 1

– Wing Dean Hammond and tighthead prop Richard Palframan starred in the Worcester Warriors’ 57-14 thrashing of Enisei-STM. Palframan, who was schooled at Rondebosch Boys’ in Cape Town, scored the opening try in the 17th minute of the game.

– The Dragons, featuring Brok Harris as a replacement prop, beat Castres 31-17. The French side Robert Ebersohn on the bench, but the South African centre had to come on as early as the 21st minute as an injury replacement.

Pool 2

– Prop Marcel van der Merwe scored two crucial tries to help Toulon defeat French rivals Bayonne 20-13. Ex-Stormers scrumhalf Louis Schreuder was an unused substitution for the winners. Meanwhile wing Sean Robinson and hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld started for Bayonne.

– The Scarlets edged London Irish 20-16 in an enthralling clash. Springbok flank Uzair Cassiem was an influential figure for Scarlets, making 25 run metres from 17 ball carries. The former Cheetahs players also made 18 tackles. Former Bulls prop Werner Kruger played alongside Cassiem for the Welsh club. Tighthead prop Pat Cilliers was in London Irish’s starting lineup.

Pool 3

– Former Kings captain Michael Willemse and his Edinburgh teammates secured a runaway 31-10 bonus-point victory over French minnows Agen.

– Wasps slumped to an agonising 40-30 loss against Bordeaux. Ex-Springbok duo Ashley Johnson (flank) and Juan de Jongh (centre) represented Wasps. Bordeaux used lock Jandre Marais an impact player off the bench in the second half.

Pool 4

– Replacement centre Lionel Mapoe was the only Saffa used in Stade Français’ match 23 in their 27-11 loss to Brive. Lock Jan Uys, who made 17 tackles, started for Brive.

Pool 5

– Locks Mike van Vuren and Adam Wessels and fullback Kayle van Zyl formed part of Calvisano side that suffered 38-16 loss at the hands of the Cardiff Blues. Van Zyl played for 80 minutes, while the locks were subbed off in the second half.

– Ex-Stormer EW Viljoen started at fullback for the Leicester Tigers in their 41-20 thrashing of French team Pau. Springbok utility back Jaco Taute joined his compatriot on the field in the 59th minute when he replaced George Ford at flyhalf for the Tigers. Veteran prop Lourens Adriaanse sat on Brive’s [Pau?] bench, but came on in the 43rd minute

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