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Rugby | European Rugby

Euro Wrap: Cheetahs continue resurgence



The Cheetahs continued their resurgence in the Pro14 when with a deserved 33-13 victory over Edinburgh at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein at the weekend.

Tries from Craig Barry, Rynier Bernardo, Junior Pokomela, Makazole Mapimpi and Tian Meyer secured the Cheetahs a try-scoring bonus point and they are still in third position on the Pro14's Conference A table.

Elsewhere, South Africa's other Pro14 team, the Southern Kings, are still winless after nine rounds of action although they delivered a gutsy performance in their 34-30 defeat to the defending champions, the Scarlets, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Yaw Penxe, Michael Makase, Martin du Toit and Harlon Klaasen crossed the whitewash for the Kings, who are still rooted to the bottom of the Conference B standings, while ex-Bulls and Springbok prop Werner Kruger scored one of the Scarlets' four tries.

In other action, former Springbok assistant coach Johann van Graan started his tenure as Munster's head coach in style when the Irish province registered a comfortable 36-19 win over Zebre in Parma.

Former Southern Kings flanker Chris Cloete was in Munster's starting line-up alongside ex-Western Province and Stormers lock Jean Kleyn.

In test action, former SA U20 and Bulls number eight CJ Stander scored a try for Ireland in their 28-19 win over Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Meanwhile, former Border Bulldogs wing Byron McGuigan scored a brace of tries and ex-WP and Stormers centre Huw Jones also dotted down as Scotland thrashed Australia 53-24 at Murrayfield.

In the Premiership, ex-Springbok flanker Ashley Johnson captained Wasps from the hooker position as they notched a narrow 17-13 victory over London Irish at the Madejski Stadium in Reading. Johnson and fellow Springbok loose forward Nizaam Carr, who is on loan from the Stormers, scored a try apiece for Wasps. They were joined in Wasps' run-on side by Springboks and former Stormers centre Juan de Jongh and another Bok, ex-Cheetahs and Sharks full-back Willie le Roux.

Elsewhere, former Springboks, Lions and Stormers hooker Schalk Brits scored a try for Saracens in their 20-18 loss to Exeter Chiefs at Allianz Park. Ex-Springbok and Stormers stalwarts Schalk Burger (flanker) and Vincent Koch (prop) as well as former Sharks centre Brad Barritt also started for Saracens and former Stormers flanker Don Armand was in Exeter's run-on side.

At the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford, Springbok and ex-Lions scrum-half Faf de Klerk finished with a 10-point haul, thanks to a try, conversion and penalty in Sale Sharks' 18-15 win over Northampton, for whom Springbok and former Sharks scrum-half Cobus Reinach dotted down.

In other action, former Lions head coach Johan Ackermann's good run in charge of Gloucester continued as they beat Newcastle 29-7 at Kingston Park while at Welford Road, Worcester Warriors, who are coached by ex-Sharks director of rugby Gary Gold, claimed a shock 31-27 win over Leicester Tigers.

IN OTHER ACTION

- Springbok and ex-Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie contributed 11 points, courtesy of three penalties and a conversion, as Racing 92 claimed a 26-0 win against Montpellier in their Top 14 match at the U Arena in Paris.

- Former SA U20 and Sharks centre Paul Jordaan scored a try in La Rochelle's 44-14 victory over Pau at Stade Marcel-Deflandre.



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