Brilliant Butch

Butch James’s brilliant 2007 continued to soar with English club Bath.

The Springboks No 10 scored 21 points in Bath’s 26-18 win against Albi in the European Shield.

James, who has been outstanding for Bath since joining them a fortnight after the Boks won the World Cup, kicked six from six (two conversions and four penalties) and scored a try.

In European Cup action, Brent Russell made his Saracens debut in their 71-7 win against Italy’s Viadana.

Springboks centre Marius Joubert also featured in Clermont’s 37-27 win against Wasps, while Shaun Sowerby’s strong performance at No 8 for Toulouse could not prevent an away 14-9 defeat against Leicester.

Ollie le Roux also started at loosehead prop in Leinster’s 28-14 win against Edinburgh.

De Wet Barry and Gary Botha, playing for Harlequins, tasted defeat in the home team’s 17-3 loss to Bristol.

Sunday’s matches saw Ashwin Willemse and Jacques Cronje’s Biarritz go down to Glasgow 9-6 at Firhill. Perpignan might have done better had Percy Montgomery made his debut against London Irish, but the Exiles scored an important 24-16 European Cup victory at the Madejski Stadium.