GARETH DUNCAN looks at the Saffas who impressed in Europe over the weekend.
Prop Brian Mujati delivered a strong performance in Northampton Saints’ 24-13 win over London Wasps on Saturday. The former Stormers tighthead conceded a penalty in an early scrum, but formed part of a dominating Saints front row thereafter. Mujati was especially powerful in the loose and at the breakdown, and scored a crucial try in the 52 minute by running through flyhalf Nicky Robinson to seal victory.
Saffa-laden Saracens picked up their seventh consecutive win with a 23-10 triumph over Sale Sharks. There were six South Africans in the starting line-up (prop Deon Carstens, hooker Schalk Brits, lock Mouritz Botha, No 8 Ersnt Joubert, scrumhalf Neil de Kock and centre Brad Barritt) while SA-born England prop Matt Stevens came off the bench to score a try.
In the French Top 14, Racing Metro No 8 Jacques Cronje was impressive in a tight 18-12 win over Brive. Cronje toiled through the whole 80 minutes in the match that finished as a kicking contest. Toulouse eighthman Shaun Sowerby had a similar influence in his team’s 21-17 win over Perpignan, which saw Kiwi flyhalf Luke McAlister slot six penalties.
In the Pro12 (the former Celtic League), hooker Richardt Strauss and reserve prop Heinke van der Merwe’s Leinster enjoyed a 24-19 derby victory over prop Wian du Preez’s Munster.