Springbok overseas wrap: Smith leads Revs over the line

rugby06 March 2023 13:31| © SuperSport
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Springbok workhorse Kwagga Smith almost single-handedly did enough to get his Shizuka Blue Revs over the line in Japan League One this weekend.

The talented utility forward ran over fellow Springbok Faf de Klerk to score his first try, then took a quick tap to score his second just ten minutes from time. However, the Canon Eagles, who also featured Jessie Kriel, managed to bounce back and earn a 22-all draw.

In a top-of-the-table clash between Saitama Wild Knights and Kubota Spears, the Knights handed the Spears their first loss of the season, winning 30-15. The win gave Springboks Damian de Allende and Lood de Jager bragging rights over Bok teammate and indomitable hooker Malcolm Marx.

Willie le Roux continued his stint at flyhalf for Pieter-Steph du Toit's Toyota Verblitz, who stunned Tokyo Suntory Sunngoliath 27-20.

On the other side of the globe in France in the Top 14, Springbok livewire Cobus Reinach scored a fantastic end-to-end try for Montpellier as they thumped Clermont 34-6.

Montpellier turned over the ball 5m from their own line and finally shifted the ball to speedster Reinach, who ran 60m in splendid isolation.

World Cup hero Cheslin Kolbe scored a try for Toulon in their 37-9 win over Stade Francais, who had Springbok prop Vincent Koch in the front row.

European champions La Rochelle featured Springbok flyer Dillyn Leyds on the wing while Ryamnond Rhule came off the bench in their 36-32 win over Pau.

Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane scored his first five-pointer in France when he crashed over the line for Racing 92 in their 35-39 loss to Toulouse.

Across the English Channel in Premiership Rugby, Springbok pivot Handre Pollard continued his return to form, earning an impressive 21-point haul - including a try - in Leicester Tigers' 48-27 win over Bath. The flyhalf made 29 running meters and was seven from seven off the kicking tee.

Also starring for Leicester was Bok No.8 Jasper Wiese, who made 50m from his impressive 18 carries, beating five defenders.

The du Preez brothers combined to help Sale Sharks defeat Saracens 35-24. Flyhalf Robert kicked for conversions while Jean-Luc barrelled over for a try. Former Springbok prop Coenie Oosthuizen also started for Sale.

Finally, Springbok battering ram Andre Esterhuisen notched up two try-assists as Harlequins thumped Exeter Chiefs 40-5.