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Euro Wrap: Steyn stars for Montpellier



Springbok and former Sharks centre Francois Steyn was one of Montpellier's stars in their 28-24 victory over Clermont in their Top 14 clash at the Altrad Stadium on Sunday.

Steyn delivered a fine all-round performance and finished with a 12-point haul courtesy of a brace of tries and a conversion. He was joined in Montpellier's midfield by fellow Bok and former Bulls centre Jan Serfontein who made his debut for his new club.

Montpellier also had ex-Cheetahs full-back Henry Immelman, former Golden Lions and Border Bulldogs prop Johannes Jonker and ex-Bulls trio Jacques du Plessis (No 8), Wian Liebenberg (flank) and Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg (lock) in their run-on side while another former Bulls stalwart, Springbok lock Flip van der Merwe, lined up for Clermont.

In other Top 14 action, former Western Province, Stormers and Springbok Sevens flyer Cheslin Kolbe crossed for two tries as Toulouse fought back from 24-3 down to beat Bordeaux-Bègles 38-37 at Stade Ernest Wallon.

Elsewhere, ex-Bulls and Springbok fly-half Morne Steyn's nine-point contribution, courtesy of a try and two conversions, was not enough as his Stade Français side suffered a narrow 20-19 defeat to Brive at Stade Amédée Domenech on Sunday.

Formers Lions, Sharks and Springbok flanker Willem Alberts was also in Stade's starting line-up while ex-Boland flanker Petrus Hauman and former WP and Southern Kings lock Jan Uys were in Brive's run-on side.

In other action, Springbok and ex-Sharks utility back Pat Lambie came off the bench and kicked a penalty in Racing 92's 23-20 victory over Pau at Stade Yves-du-Manoir.

In the PRO14, the Southern Kings delivered their best performance of the season but it was not enough as they suffered a narrow 43-36 defeat to Ulster at the Isaac Wolfson Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Former WP and Stormers loose forward Robbie Diack scored the match-winning try for the visitors in the 76th minute.

For the Southern Kings, Yaw Penxe and Berton Klaasen scored a brace of tries each and Michael Makase also crossed the whitewash. The Kings' other points came from Oliver Zono, who kicked three conversions and a penalty, and Kurt Coleman, who also added a conversion.

The other South African side, the Cheetahs, went down 23-15 to Connacht at the Sportsground in Galway. For the Cheetahs, Shaun Venter and Makazole Mapimpi scored tries and Fred Zeilinga and Ernst Stapelberg added a conversion and penalty respectively.

Elsewhere, Munster gave Rassie Erasmus the perfect send-off - before his return to South Africa to take up his role as SARU's director of rugby - when they beat the Dragons 49-6 at Independent Park in Cork.

In other news:

- In the Anglo-Welsh Cup, former WP and Sharks fly-half Tim Swiel helped Harlequins to a memorable 30-29 come-from-behind victory over Saracens at Allianz Park.

- Gloucester, who are coached by ex Lions boss Johan Ackermann, suffered a narrow 26-24 loss to defending champions Leicester Tigers at Welford Road.

- Former South Africa U20, Free State Cheetahs and Eastern Province Kings hooker Michael van Vuuren was in Bath's run-on side in their 26-24 triumph over London Irish at the Madejski stadium.



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