Overseas Wrap: Louw leads Bath

 Dec 02,2013
Written by: Editor

Springbok flanker Francois Louw returned to club action for Bath last weekend, as the English club saw off Aviva Premiership rivals Exeter Chiefs thanks to the boot of fly-half George Ford.

Louw captained the side on his return as Bath moved up to third in the league.

Schalk Brits, Neil de Kock and Ernst Joubert all started for Saracens in their 21-16 win over Sale Sharks, which keeps the London club top of the table.

Over in the Pro12, Springbok full-back Zane Kirchner scored his first try for Leinster in the 36-19 win over the Scarlets.

The full-back was one of five try scorers against a Scarlets side featuring Johan Snyman and Jacobie Adriaanse.

Former Cheetahs prop WP Nel sealed a bonus-point win for Edinburgh over Connacht with his late try at Murrayfield, with Cornell du Preez, Izak van der Westhuizen and Wicus Blaauw all involved.

Ex-Lions talisman Josh Strauss started at number eight for Glasgow in their 28-16 win away in Wales against the Ospreys, while former Stormers and Bulls wing Gerhard van den Heever and CJ Stander were both involved for Munster in their win over the Dragons.

Finally in the Top 14, South Africa number ten Morné Steyn kicked a late conversion as Stade Français hammered Toulon 23-0 on Saturday in Paris.

A whole host of South Africa players were on display as Heinke van der Merwe, Gerhard Mostert and Meyer Bosman were all involved in the win over Toulon's Bryan Habana, Michael Claassens and Joe Van Niekerk. Craig Burden and Bakkies Botha were among the visitor's replacements.

Former Stormers scrum-half Dewaldt Duvenage ended up on the losing side as Perpignan were beaten at home by Clermont Auvergne, while the impressive Rory Kockott kicked 12 points in a heavy 46-16 win over Bayonne for Castres. Pedrie Wannenburg also started for the Top 14 champions against JC Janse van Rensburg's team.

South Africa second row Juandre Kruger started for Racing Métro in their win over Montpellier, with Francois van der Merwe on the bench, while Robert Ebersohn and Wynand Olivier formed the centre partnership for the opposition.

Finally, Springbok trio Chilliboy Raleplle, Gurthrö Steenkamp and Jano Vermaak were all amongst the replacements for Toulonse in their 25-18 defeat away to Grenoble.



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