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Rugby | European Rugby

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Euro Wrap: Kings and Cheetahs fail to win



The Cheetahs suffered a heartbreaking 29-26 defeat to Glasgow in their Pro14 clash in Bloemfontein on Friday in what was a thrilling game.

Tries from Rosko Specman and a sensational finish from Sergeal Peterson were not enough to hand them a fourth successive victory at home.

Fellow South African side, the Kings, went down to another humiliating defeat against Italian opposition, losing 31-3 to Benetton. After a decent end to their Super Rugby campaign, they now find themselves at the bottom of the Pro14 with no points ahead of the European break. At least they now have a break of a couple of weeks before they play Glasgow Warriors in Scotland on October 27, looking to bounce back.

Elsewhere, former Sharks flanker Johan Meyer scored for Zebre and former Lions flanker Derick Minnie was on the bench in their 16-15 loss to WP Nel's Edinburgh in their Pro14 fixture, while Wiehahn Herbst, Louis Ludik and Jean Deysel played in Ulster's defeat of Quinn Roux's Connacht side in the Pro14. Sarel Pretorius and Brok Harris's Dragons side went down 43-29 against the Cardiff Blues in the Welsh derby match.

In the Premiership on Friday, Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk found himself in the unfamiliar role of penalty taking, landing two in Sale Sharks' 42-26 loss to Harlequins. South Africans Tim Swiel and Jonathan Ross also made appearances for Quins and the Sharks respectively.

On Saturday, Pat Cilliers, a former Springbok, was on the bench for Leicester Tigers' victory over Petrus du Plessis and Franco van der Merwe's London Irish team, while Johan Ackermann's Gloucester side pulled off an impressive 29-24 victory over former Premiership table-toppers Northampton. Ackermann's son and former Lions Super Rugby finalist Ruan was at eight with Francois Van Wyk on the Saints' bench.

Former Sharks hooker Kyle Cooper also warmed the benched in Newcastle's 34-24 loss to defending Premiership champions Exeter, and Gerrit-Jan van Velze and former Bok Wynand Olivier suffered a 29-13 defeat for Worcester against Bath. In Pro14 action on Saturday, former Blue Bulls and Springbok tighthead prop Werner Kruger came off the bench for the Scarlets in their nail-biting 19-18 away victory over Ospreys.

Sunday saw the final game of the Premiership take place as Springbok Vincent Koch's Saracens side demolished fellow Springbok teammates Willie le Roux, Juan de Jongh and former Springboks and Cheetahs forward Ashley Johnson’s Wasps outfit 38-19 in their Premiership clash.

In other action:

- A try from former Springbok and Sharks hooker Bismarck du Plessis and 10 points from former Bok teammate Ruan Pienaar's boot was not enough to prevent Montpellier from losing 31-20 to Stade Français in their Top 14 match on Saturday. Montpellier are third on the table.

- Former Springbok second-row Juandré Kruger also scored in a losing effort as his Toulon side suffered an upset 30-27 loss to Bordeaux.

- Former Cheetahs centre Johann Sadie's Agen side went down 25-6 to Lyon, who had Hendrik Roodt and Etienne Oosthuizen playing for them.



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