Saffers in Europe

The Cheetahs and Kings resumed PRO14 duty at the weekend, but they weren’t the only South Africans on display in Europe.

Saffers featured prominently in Round 13 of the English premiership. Faf de Klerk kicked the winning penalty as Sale edged Harlequins 30-29 at the AJ Bell Stadium on Saturday, a cause aided by tries from Rohan Janse van Rensburg and Byron McGuigan, and a red card to Quins loosehead prop Joe Marler.

Nic Groom scored a try as the Saints came back to beat Gloucester 22-19 in Northampton. Groom had the support of Frans van Wyk and Cobus Reinach while Ruan Ackermann was the lone Saffer in Gloucester’s lineup. The result marks Johan Ackermann’s second loss in three games as the Saints clinched their first premiership win in eight attempts.

London Irish duo Petrus du Plessis and Franco van der Merwe were part of a losing effort as the Tigers banked a 19-15 win in Leicester.

On Sunday, Schalk Burger scored a try for Saracens on the half-hour mark and then trudged to the sidelines six minutes later after being shown a yellow card, joined soon after by flyhalf Owen Farrell. Both returned after the break as Burger, Vincent Koch and Michael Rhodes teamed up to blank Wasps – led by Springbok Ashley Johnson and featuring Nizaam Carr, Juan de Jongh and Willie le Roux – in the final 40 minutes of a 38-15 result.

The only Saffer on display, Kyle Cooper scored a try for Newcastle in a 28-20 win against the Chiefs in Exeter.

In Round 15 of the Top 14, Duane Vermeulen, JP Pietersen, Marcel van der Merwe and Juandre Kruger lost out as Toulon went down 13-12 against a Brive outfit that included locks Peet Marais and Johan Snyman, and Petrus Hauman at No 8.

Bjorn Basson scored a try as Oyonnax played to a 38-38 draw against La Rochelle, who fielded Paul Jordaan at outside centre.

Johann Sadie beat Robert Ebersohn in a midfield duel when Agen streaked to a 30-3 victory against Agen.

Jan Serfontein, Bismark du Plessis, Paul Willemse, Nico Janse van Rensburg and Johannes Jonker drove Montpellier to a 28-16 win against Willem Alberts and Stade Francais.

A Wandile Mjekevu try, set up by Cheslin Kolbe, could not boost Toulouse to victory over Pau on Sunday.

In Round 13 of the PRO14, Oupa Mohoje’s double wasn’t enough to rescue the Cheetahs from a 27-21 loss against Benetton in Treviso.

The Kings were even worse for wear after a scrap with Edinburgh in the Scottish capital on Friday night, which featured Jaco van der Walt kicking three conversions and two penalties for the hosts, left the tourists with a tatty 37-7 loss.

Ollie Kebble and Brandon Thomson teamed up for Glasgow in a battle of the benchwarmers against Zebre’s Derrick Minnie – the Italian club went down 40-20 in Parma.

Quinn Roux made a pitstop in the sin bin while his opposite number, Munster lock Jean Kleyn threw his weight into a 39-13 victory against Connacht.

- All Out Rugby Staff Writer