Saffas abroad

Keo.co.za looks at the South Africans who have performed in Europe this weekend.

Marius Joubert helped guide Clermont to the Top 14 semi-final with a 21-17 victory over Racing Metro. Frans Steyn, starting at flyhalf, kicked a long-range penalty and a drop goal, while Jacques Cronje scored the game’s opening try for the Parisians.

Clermont will meet a Joe van Niekerk-led Toulon in the semi-final.

In the other quarter-final, Daan Human played off the bench in Toulouse’s 35-12 defeat of Castres. They meet Perpignan in the semi-final and are in the running for the double, given that they are in the European Cup final.

Meanwhile in the English Premiership, Bath, led by superb efforts from their South African contingent of Butch James, Michael Claassens, Luke Watson and Peter Dixon, earned a play-off spot, where they’ll face Leicester.

Saracens, fielding five South Africans in their run-on side as well as Derick Hougaard on the bench, beat Leicester 32-23 to set up a semi-final against Northampton. Schalk Brits was industrious in the loose, while Brad Barritt and Ernst Joubert carried strongly.