Bok pair sizzle for Sarries

Springboks Neil de Kock and Brent Russell were among the stars as Saracens whipped Leeds.

De Kock, who has been the best scrumhalf in the English Premiership, captained Saracens to a 66-7 win against the hapless Leeds, who remain rooted to the bottom of the league and seem certain for the drop.

Russell got in on the try-scoring act to continue his consistent form in his first year at the club.

Former Bok fullback Thinus Delport was the hero for Worcester as his last minute try beat Gloucester 17-14 and meant Worcester are safe in the Premiership.

The news was not so good for another former Bok in Harlequins centre De Wet Barry, who was sent off in his team’s 15-9 win against Newcastle. Barry was shown a red card for a shoulder charge on England centre Matthew Tait.

In French Top 14 action Percy Montgomery came on in the last 20 minutes as flyhalf for Perpignan as they snuck a 10-9 away win against Bourgoin. Montgomery, along with several other frontline players, had been rested in preparation for Perpignan’s European Cup quarter-final challenge.

The win takes Perpignan into the top four.

John Smit’s Clermont were big winners against Albi and they are now tied with Toulouse at the top of the table. Smit, as was the case with many of the main players, was given the weekend off and Clermont dipped into their squad depth to hammer the struggling Albi.

Shaun Sowerby, starting at No 8, got one over fellow Springbok Jacques Cronje in Toulouse’s 12-6 win against Biarritz.

In the second division Toulon’s drive for automatic promotion took a blow when they lost by a point to Pau. Toulon still top the table, but only by five points from Racing Metro, who have a game in hand.

Top 14 Round 16 results:

Toulosue 12 Biarritz 6
Castres 12 Montpellier 17
Bourgoin 9 Perpignan 10
Clermont 52 Albi 17
Brive 14 Montauban 7
Auch 16 Dax 10
Bayonne 14 Stade Français 36

Table after 16 rounds:

1 Toulouse 62
2 Clermont 62
3 Stade Français 49
4 Perpignan 44
5 Biarritz 42
6 Castres 41
7 Montauban 36
8 Bourgoin 35
9 Montpellier 34
10 Bayonne 33
11 Brive 31
12 Albi 25
13 Dax 21
14 Auch 14

Pro D2
Bordeaux-Bègles vs Grenoble, 12-12
La Rochelle vs Lyon, 22-15
Limoges vs Béziers, 16-11
Narbonne vs Tarbes, 56-9
Pau vs Toulon, 24-23
Racing-Métro vs Aurillac, 46-0
Blagnac vs Oyonnax, 26-7
Agen vs Mont-de-Marsan, 15-15