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Rugby | European Rugby

Euro Wrap: Armand steals the show



Former Stormers and Western Province loose forward Don Armand was Exeter Chiefs' hero as he scored a brace of tries in their 27-24 European Champions Cup win over Montpellier at the Altrad Stadium on the weekend.

Armand scored a five-pointer either side of halftime as the English champions defeated their French rivals, who had Springboks and former Sharks stalwarts Frans Steyn (inside centre) and Ruan Pienaar (scrum-half) as well as ex-Bulls locks Jacques du Plessis and Nicholaas van Rensburg in their starting line-up.

Elsewhere, ex-Springboks, Stormers and Lions hooker Schalk Brits scored a try for defending champions Saracens in their narrow 36-34 bonus-point win over the Ospreys at Allianz Park.

Brits was joined in Sarries' run-on side by former Sharks and England centre Brad Barritt, who captained the champions, while Springboks and ex-Stormers players Schalk Burger (flank) and Vincent Koch (prop) were amongst the replacements who came on in the second half.

In other action, former Bok and Cheetahs loose forward Ashley Johnson started at hooker and scored a try in Wasps' 41-10 triumph over Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Springboks and ex-Cheetahs and Sharks full-back Willie le Roux and another Bok, former Stormers centre Juan de Jongh, also lined up in Wasps' starting line-up.

Elsewhere, Rassie Erasmus' Munster were made to graft before they claimed a 14-7 victory over Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. Ireland and ex-Bulls and South Africa U20 number eight CJ Stander and former WP and Stormers lock Jean Kleyn, started for Munster while Springbok and former Sharks utility back Pat Lambie was in the French outfit's run-on side at full-back.

And at Welford Road, Leicester Tigers beat Castres 54-29 with ex-Sharks and Lions scrum-half Rory Kockott contributing nine points to the Castres cause courtesy of a penalty and three conversions while former Springboks, Sharks, Lions and Stormers prop Pat Cilliers started on Leicester's replacements bench.

In other news:

- In European Challenge Cup action, former Lions head coach Johan Ackermann's Gloucester made a statement of intent as they scored nine tries in a comprehensive 61-16 victory over Agen at Kingsholm.

- Springbok and former Lions and Pumas scrum-half Faf de Klerk kicked three conversions and a penalty in Sale Sharks' 27-24 defeat to Lyon at Stade de Gerland.

- Former Boland loose forward Petrus Hauman scored a try as his side, Brive, secured a 38-13 victory over fellow French club Oyonnax at Stade Amédée-Domenech.



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