Springbok overseas wrap

rugby24 April 2023 12:16
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Springbok utility forward Jean-Luc du Preez continued to impress for the Sale Sharks in Premiership Rugby.

Starting at lock, du Preez had a stellar performance, winning five lineouts, beating four defenders in his 12 carries, made 14 tackles and scored a try in Sales' 25-22 win over Gloucester. Du Preez was joined by his brother Robert at outside centre and former Bok Coenuie Oosthuizen at prop.

Former SA U 20 star Juarno Augustus scored a try for Northampton Saints as they walloped the Newcastle Falcons 66-5 to book their place in the semifinals of the league.

Springbok centre Andre Esterhuisen had an outing to forget for Harlequins, as he was yellow carded for a head-on-head clash in their 45-35 loss to Bath.

Across the English Channel in France, forgotten Springbok speedster Dillyn Leyds scored a well-worked try for La Rochelle as they beat Clermont 26-13 in the weekend's Top 14 action.

World Cup winners Trevor Nyakane and Warrick Gelant were part of the Racing 92 squad that were upset 30-21 by Perpignan.

Montpellier had Springboks Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein and Nico Janse van Rensburg at their disposal but still came up short against Bayonne, losing 30-33.

On the other side of the world in Japan League One, Springbok centre Jessie Kriel scored a try for the Yokohama Canon Eagles - who also featured Faf de Klerk - as the Eagles strolled to a 52-26 win over Kobe Steelers.

Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx crossed the line for the Kubota Spears but had his try disallowed. It mattered little, as the Spears eased past Tokyo Suntory Sungoliath 39-24.

Finally, Springbok beanpole Lood de Jager ran out for the undefeated Panasonic Wild Knights, who finished the pool stage at the top of the table with a 32-22 win over Toshiba Brave Lupus.