Overseas wrap: Brits shines for Sarries

 Dec 30,2013
Written by: Editor

Saracens continued their fine start to the season with a win at Worcester as Schalk Brits scored on Brad Barritt's return to rugby from injury.

The busy hooker went over as the second-string Sarries were too good for the league's bottom side, with Barritt given half-an-hour at Sixways.

It was also a record performance from the club as they picked up the fastest bonus-point of the Premiership season, scoring four in 28 minutes.

The result leaves Saracens three points ahead of Northampton, who also claimed five points via a 43-25 win against Francois Louw's Bath outfit.

Meanwhile, former Springbok prop CJ van der Linde was a late withdrawal from the London Irish line-up for a second straight week due to injury.

Friday night's lone Premiership fixture saw former Cheetahs flanker Ashley Johnson cross the whitewash as Wasps won 17-12 at Newcastle Falcons. His converted try in the 53rd minute took Wasps into a 17-0 lead which proved critical in the end as the Falcons couldn't recover sufficiently.

In the Pro12, ex-Kings back-row Cornell du Preez continued his fine run of form at blindside flanker as Edinburgh fell to a 20-16 derby loss to Glasgow Warriors. WP Nel and Wicus Blaauw both started for Alan Solomons' outfit, with second-row Izak van der Westhuizen coming off the bench.

On the opposing side, former Lions flanker Josh Strauss shored up the visitors' pack after a host of first-half injuries hit Edinburgh's side.

CJ Stander came off the bench as Munster saw off Connacht at Thomond Park, while Zane Kirchner was on the winning side for Leinster in their inter-province clash with Ulster. Ruan Pienaar made a substitute appearance for Mark Anscombe's men, but ended up on the end of a 19-6 defeat.

In France, the Top 14 saw Stade Français overcome Perpignan 19-12. Heinke van der Merwe started the match for the Paris side against Wandile Mjekevu and Dewaldt Duvenage while Morné Steyn, Gerhard Mostert and Michael van Vuuren had to settle for places on the replacements bench.

Hendrik Roodt's Grenoble side beat Castres 20-16, with the visitors minus influential scrum-half Rory Kockott for the Stade Lesdiguières clash.

Former Sharks lock Jandre Marais scored for Bordeaux-Bègles in victory over a Brive side that contained former Lions and Kings prop Kevin Buys while Wynand Olivier was on the winning XV for Montpellier as they hammered basement side Biarritz 48-22, with Joe Pietersen replying for BO.

On the disciplinary front, Biarritz prop Eugene Van Staden and Toulon lock Bakkies Botha were yellow carded, with Botha's men losing at Racing. 

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