In the Batlle of the Wieses - or rather Leicester Tigers vs Sale Sharks - it was the younger brother, Cobus Wiese, who had the last laugh with the Sharks beating the Tigers by 25-15 with Cobus also crossing the try-line for a vital try to help secure the victory.
It was only the third time ever that the two Wiese-brothers faced each other on the rugby field. That is now matches that were not played in their backyard on their farm near Grootdrink in the Northern Cape. The Wieses are both products of the Hoërskool Upington.
Besides Cobus, who started at lock, the Sharks also had another five South Africans - Faf de Klerk (Waterkloof), JP du Preez (EG Jansen), Jono Ross (St Stithians College), Coenie Oosthuizen (Grey College) and Robert du Preez (Kearsney College) who helped the team to victory.
For the Tigers Kobus van Wyk (Paarl Gimnasium), Luan de Bruin (Affies), Hanro Liebenberg (HTS Drostdy) and Cyle Brink (King Edward VII) was the Saffas that was on the losing side with Jasper Wiese.
Shaun Adendorff (Glenwood) and Francois van Wyk (Boland Landbou) helped the Northampton Saints to claim their first victory over Gloucester at the Kingsholm Stadium since 2017. Adendorff started at Nr. 8, while Van Wyk made an appearance from the bench as the Saints won by 31-26 in a tightly contested clash.
Adendorff's direct opponent was Ruan Ackermann (Garsfontein). The latter making 12 tackles while gaining 28 metres with the 12 carries he made, Adendorff made only two tackles but gained 21 metres with the eight times he was placed in possession of the ball. Ackermann indicated that he will be looking to gain selection for the English test side when he qualifies to play for them in the future.
Worcester Warriors with four Saffas in the squad of 23 lost against the Exeter Chiefs by 17-21. Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard (Paul Roos Gimnasium), who will join the newly crowned Currie Cup champions in South Africa in the near future, and prop Nick Schonert (Maritzburg College) started for the losing side.
Anton Bresler (Durban High School) and Francois Venter (Grey College) made appearances from the bench as lock and outside centre respectively. Another Maritzburg College old-boy Don Armand came from the bench for Exeter. He played two tests for Engeland.
The Harlequins eased past the Wasps by 49 points to 17 with no less than six South Africans - André Esterhuizen (Klerksdorp), Wilco Louw (HTS Drostdy), Stephan Lewies (Eldoraigne), Jordan Els (Westville Boys' High), Simon Kerrod (Pretoria Boys' High) and Tyrone Green (Jeppe High School for Boys') in their team.
London Irish with Queen's College old-boy Alan Dell from the bench defeated the Newcastle Falcons by 31-22. Dell, who represented the South African u20-side earlier in his career, has since his Scottish debut in 2016 managed to win 25 test caps. For the Falcons three Saffas Louis Schreuder (Paarl Gimnasium), Phillip van der Walt (Adelaide Gimnasium), and Kyle Cooper (Glenwood) earned their pounds in the defeat.
Juan Schoeman (Affies) started at loosehead prop for Bath as they were demolished by 3-48 by the Bristol Bears. Schoeman played 42 minutes before being replaced by Jamie Bhatti. He made six tackles during his time on the pitch.
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Sale Sharks 25 (10) - Tries: Sam James, Cobus Wiese, Marland Yarde. Conversions: AJ MacGinty (2). Penalties: MacGinty (2). Leicester Tigers 15 (8) - Tries: Tommy Reffell, Nemani Nodolo. Conversion: Johnny McPhillips. Penalty: Zach Henry.
Bristol Bears 48 (34) - Tries: Luke Morahan, Charles Piutau, Andy Uren, Bryan Byrne, Semi Radradra, Will Capon, Penalty Try. Conversions: Ioan Lloyd (4). Penalty: Lloyd. Bath 3 (3) - Penalty: Rhys Priestland.
Northampton Saints 31 (11) - Tries: Rory Hutchinson (3), Taqele Naiyaravoro. Conversion: Dan Biggar. Penalties: Biggar (3). Gloucester 26 (12) - Tries: Willi Heinz, Matias Alemanno. Conversions: Billy Twelvetrees (2). Penalties: Twelvetrees (4).
Exeter Chiefs 21 (14) - Tries: Jonny Gray, Ian Whitten, Ollie Devoto. Conversions: Joe Simmonds (3). Worcester Warriors 17 (10) - Tries: Oli Morris, Duncan Weir. Conversions: Weir (2). Penalty: Weir.
Harlequins 49 (20) - Tries: Will Evans, Danny Care, Alex Dombrandt, Louis Lynagh, James Lang, Penalty Try. Conversions: Marcus Smith (4). Penalties: Smith (3). Wasps 17 (3) - Tries: Zach Kibirige, Tom Willis. Conversions: Jimmy Gopperth (2). Penalty: Lima Sopoaga.
London Irish 31 (14) - Tries: Augustin Creevy, James Stokes, Curtis Rona, Motu Matu'u. Conversions: Paddy Jackson (4). Penalty: Jackson. Newcastle Falcons 22 (8) - Tries: Ben Stevenson, Sam Stuart, Gary Graham. Conversions: Joel Hodgson (2). Penalty: Hodgson.