Saffas making waves in Europe

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 10:04
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Former Sharks scrumhalf Cobus Reinach was one the try-scorers during Northampton Saints European Champions win over Clermont Auvergne.

The Saints won't be advancing to the quarterfinals, but nonetheless produced a tremendous performance for the 34-21 bonus-point win.

Fellow South African Nic Groom started in the number 9 jumper but was eventually replaced by the former Sharks man.

Reinach scored one of three unanswered tries in the second half which handed Saints the win over Flip van der Merwe's Clermont.

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Unlike the Saints’ fate, Vincent Koch and Schalk Burger's Saracens' 15-all draw to Ospreys still give them a shot at making the playoffs.

The former Stormers prop Koch, who has made himself indispensable for the defending Champions, was in the starting XV, while Bok legend Burger was on the bench.

Neither Ospreys nor Saracens managed to score tries. Instead, flyhalves Dan Bigger and Owen Farrell produced all the points - five penalties each.

Saracens will face Northampton Saints at Allianz Park while Clermont host Ospreys next week.

In Pool Three the strong South African influence was not enough for French side Montpellier.

Montpellier, who featured six South Africans, had to settle for a 10-41 defeat to the Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Aside from Springbok legend Bismark Du Plessis at hooker, Montpellier had youngster Henry Immelman at fullback, Springboks duo Frans Steyn and Jan Serfontein were the centre-pairing. While Nicholaas Van Rensburg and Johannes Jonker were in the pack.

Staying in Pool three former Springbok Under-20 flyhalf Brandon Thomson's Glasgow Warriors side remained winless after their 19-55 defeat to Leinster.

Thomson was on the bench for Dave Rennie's side, who were dominated by Leinster throughout the match.

Exeter Chiefs travel to face Glasgow Warriors in Round 6, while Montpellier host Leinster Rugby at Altrad Stadium.

Tries by Nizaam Carr and prop Ashley Johnson were not enough for Wasps as they suffered 28-33 defeat to Harlequins.

Wasps had a flying start as they amassed a 21-0 lead after just 30 minutes of play.

However, Harlequins rallied to steal the sensational win over a side - who featured Willie le Roux in the fifteen jumper.

Munster's 24-year-old Jean Kleyn was one the try-scorers in their defeat to Racing 92.

Both teams scored three tries a-piece, however, Maxime Machenaud's boot sealed the narrow 34-30 secured the win for Racing.

Despite the loss, Munster, who also had former Kings star Chris Cloete in the starting XV, remain at the top of Pool 2.

South African Michael van Vuuren and Bath suffered a 17-35 defeat at the hands of Scarlets. The Premiership side had no answer to the fast-paced running rugby the visiting Welsh side produced during the Pool five match.

Springbok Duane Vermeulen along with Juandre Kruger, Marcel van der Merwe were in the starting XV for Toulon's 36-0 thrashing of Benetton.

Fellow compatriot JP Peterson occupied a seat on the bench.

The win sets up a mouth-watering Pool Five finale against Scarlets next weekend.

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