Northampton Saints scrum-half Cobus Reinach broke a Rugby World Cup record and Glasgow Warriors No.9 George Horne matched his try treble as South Africa and Scotland swept aside Canada and Russia respectively in Japan this week.
Reinach, who has four tries in 10 European appearances, wrote himself into the Rugby World Cup history books with the earliest hat-trick in a World Cup game (20 minutes) as South Africa crushed Canada 66-7 in Kobe on Tuesday to book their quarter-final place.
Later this season the Springbok will be hoping to lead Northampton into the knockout stages of the Heineken Champions Cup on their return to the competition, having been drawn against Lyon, Benetton Rugby and 2018 winners Leinster Rugby in Pool 1.
On Wednesday Horne helped Scotland keep their Rugby World Cup hopes alive with a 61-0 win over Russia in Shizuoka.
The 24-year-old, who has a decent Champions Cup record of four tries in 10 games, grabbed an intercept score before the interval, before adding a further two to his tally after half-time to ensure a full five-point victory before the Scots’ crucial clash with hosts Japan on Sunday.
Horne’s clubmate and half-back partner, Adam Hastings, also got in on the act, scoring two tries of his own and converting eight of the nine Scotland tries to rack up 26 points.
Later this season Glasgow Warriors will look to improve on their run to the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals last term, having been drawn in Pool 2 alongside Sale Sharks, Exeter Chiefs and La Rochelle.
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