How they fared: Bok overseas wrap

rugby15 May 2023 09:38| © SuperSport
Malcolm Marx © Gallo Images

Malcolm Marx scored a try as Kubota Spears booked their place in the final of Japan's Top League on Sunday.

The Springbok hooker notched up his 11th try of the season as the Spears powered to yet another victory, this time over Suntory Goliath. Trailing 7-10 at the break, Marx's 56th minute spurred a comeback.

The Spears are set to face the Panasonic Wild Knights in the final after they eased past the Canon Eagles 51-20 on Saturday. While livewire Faf de Klerk set up a try for the Eagles, Springbok teammate Jessie Kriel had an afternoon to forget, as he was shown a red card for a dangerous cleanout in the second half. Bok duo Damian de Allende and Lood de Jager starred for the Knights.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe in Premiership Rugby, World Cup-winning flyhalf Handre Pollard was a late injury withdrawal from the Leicester Tigers side that faced the Sale Sharks in the semifinals. The Sharks - who featured Springboks Akker van der Merwe, Coenie Oosthuizen and all three Du Preez brothers - took full advantage, running out 21-13 victors. No further information has been given on Pollard's injury.

In the other semifinal, six-time Springbok Ivan van Zyl scored a try in Saracens' comprehensive 38-15 win over Northampton Saints.

Across the English Channel in France, Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane crossed the whitewash for the first time in his Racing 92 jersey as he helped them to a convincing 43-7 win over Toulon. Bok flyer Warrick Gelant came off the bench for Racing 92.

Forgotten Springbok centre Jan Serfontein scored a try for Montpellier in their 42-31 win over reigning European champions La Rochelle. Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach also featured for Montpellier.