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South Africa A

FULL-TIME
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French Barbarians

Internationals | Durban
14:45 (GMT) | 16-06-2017
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The hosts win the ball after the scrum and they move forward but the referee blows after a penalty to end the game. FULL TIME
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Scrum reset
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The restart kick is taken and the ball tackled into touch. SA take it quickly and they search for a few more as the game draws to a close. The ball kicked forward by Venter but it's lost forward Ntsila and the French have a scrum at their 22
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Zeilinga adds the extras
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Zeilinga gets it from the ruck and Mvovo controls a fumbling ball then bursts forward from the 10 and scores a TRY
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Line-out over thrown and it's scooped up by the home team. They look to build from the half way
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The French win a penalty from the scrum and kick into touch at the hosts 10
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Line-out to the hosts but they fail to control it and the French win a penalty from the maul
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The Barbarians have it inside their 22 and the ball intended for the winger but sent into touch
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The ball moved to the wing as the French go forward. They lose it and the hosts try to go forward
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Zeilinga kicks into touch after a penalty in the scrum. They win the line-out but lose it forward. Scrum to the French at the half way
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Scrum to the hosts after a knock-on following the restart. Scrum around the SA 22 reset
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Cronje adds the extras
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The SA side show some incredible strength to push the French back in the scrum. They take the ball from the back of the scrum and Cronje kicks over the top. Voster gets it puts on 5 points
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The ball lost in the line-out but it's turned over. The ball floats down field to Mvovo but he loses it forward as he struggles to find his feet reaching for the ball. Scrum to the away team outside their 5
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The cross kick by Cronje for Combrinck but it's lost. The referee calls play back for a penalty to the hosts and the ball kicked into touch again
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The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts as they played with advantage. They kick into touch and look for the maul
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The ball finally sent back and they reset from outside the 5
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Maul taken and they make it to the 5 showing good strength. They try to force their way over by burrowing through the defence
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The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts. The ball kicked into touch at the 22 of the away team
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Scrum inside their 22. Penalty to the visitors and the ball kicked into touch
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The referee blows for a penalty to the away team
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The ball goes into touch after a kick forward by Cronje. The ball lost forward by the hosts and the away team with it at their 22
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The French trying to build from their 10 now. They opt to clear as the pressure mounts. Combrinck gets it and burst through the line into the 22
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Mapimpi takes the ball from the restart kick and forms a ruck just outside the 5 of the away team. The ball moved down field and the ball is tackled into touch. Line-out to the away team
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Michalak adds the extras
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The French go forward with a maul and make it to the 5. They send it tot he sticks and a kick forward by the flyhalf unleashes Belleau who sprints for it and gets his second TRY
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The Barbarians take a strong scrum and kick into touch from the subsequent penalty. Line-out to the away team at the 22
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They make a few meters before the ball is lost forward by the visitors. Scrum 5 meters away from the previous scrum. The hosts win a free kick from the scrum and now they lose it forward 5 meters from where the last scrum was
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the away team inside their own half
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It goes straight into touch and the hosts have a throw around the 22 of the away team. They take their throw and find themselves fumbling forward almost aimlessly
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The hosts win a penalty and take it quickly. The lose it before the 22 and the ball is cleared
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They take their throw but lose it and the ball is cleared for a line-out to the hosts around the mid field.
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Scrum reset and the SA side take the scrum and win a penalty
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Scrum at the 10 of the hosts for the visitors
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The ball turned over and cleared. The French build from the half way and it's knocked forward by the hosts
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The ball kicked into touch from the 22 of the hosts and the French have a line-out in a good position
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The ball staying around the mid field as it changes hands between both teams, kicking forward for territory
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The referee blows and the second half is underway

Half Time

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The referee blows for advantage in front of the sticks as the horn sounds. They look for a quick tap but knock-on so the referee calls for HALF TIME
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The ball kicked forward then stolen from the receiver. The French with the ball now as they edge inside the 22.
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The referee calls for a high tackle by the visitors and the ball is kicked into touch and the French win a line-out this time around
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Michalak adds the extras
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The hosts take it but lose it at the half way. The Barbarians break from the 10 of the hosts and Belleau the final man gets it over the line. TRY
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Scrum taken and they look to run it forward but the ball goes into touch
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The ball lost forward by the hosts and the French have a scrum at the SA 10
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SA look to build from their 10. They lose it and Hamadache carrying forward for his team but brought down by three men
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The restart kick drives the away team forward but they lose it forward at the 22 and the hosts play with advantage
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Cronje with another missed kick
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Jelonch penalized for an offside tackle. The ball kicked into touch around the 10 of the away team. The ball moved inside after the maul and Voster is the man waiting for the pass. He runs to the wing and his pace is too much for the defence as he goes over the line to score the TRY
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The referee sounds his whistle for a scrum outside the 5 of the hosts for the SA side
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The ball kicked into touch again at the 5 and the ball fumbled in the throw again. The hosts have it and the attempted clearance is there but the ball is charged down
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Line-out taken and it's stolen by the hosts. They look to play it out of their half as they move outside their 22. The ball is finally kicked forward and the referee blows for a dangerous tackle by the home side. Penalty to the visitors
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The win a penalty around the 10 of the hosts and kick the ball into touch at the 5
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The restart kick sees the French on the attack
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The conversion is sent wide
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The ball is lost in the line-out but Cronje picks up the loose ball and he runs it to the wing then offloads to Notshe who takes a few steps and puts it down for 5 points
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The restart kick is taken and SA win a penalty. The ball kicked into touch at the opposition half way
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The conversion is sent wide
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Another steal on the throw and the hosts move forward to the 10. They send it to the wing where Mapimpi is running in support. He gets it and goes over the line to score the TRY
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The referee blows for a penalty to the visitors and they kick into touch around the mid field
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Scrum reset
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Voster breaks after he stumbles upon a loose ball. Mvovo there in support and they make it to the 5 but the final ball is forward and the away team have a scrum at their 5
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Scrum to the visitors now. The ball moved around the mid field but it's lost
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The Barbarians turnover after the initial restart attack. They move forward and win a knock-on around the half way
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The flyhalf secures the conversion kick
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The reset kick is around the 10 and they show relentless drive to shove SA back rapidly after only a few rucks. They make it over the line again, Michalak the hero for this play. TRY
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Cronje secures the 2 extra points to level the score
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The ball moved about the 22 and Mvovo again the man who finds the space needed as he dashes passed his man and goes to put it down to score a TRY
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Line-out to the away team at their 22 and it's stolen
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The hosts get it at their 22 and Mvovo receives it on the inside pass and runs to the 22 before offloading but the ball is tackled into touch
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The hosts look to play themselves out of danger but lose it. The French push forward but they give it away at the 5 and the ball is cleared
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Scrum reset
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The referee halts their attack to give the hosts a penalty from the ruck. Scrum at the hosts 22
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Scrum to the French after the restart. They take the ball from the half way and move forward quickly
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Michalak secures the extras
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They make over the line to. Lesgourhues the man who goes over the line to score the TRY
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They find themselves at the 5 of the hosts now as the SA line struggles to hold
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The French on the attack early on in the half
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The referee blows and we're off
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Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck would like to show Bok coach Allister Coetzee he is fit enough for a call-up to the national team, young Harold Vorster could show he is not just hype, Lionel Cronje could also show he can play higher than Super Rugby level
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Welcome to Durban, where SAA tackle the French Barbarians
South Africa A
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START LINE UP
  • 15 Lwazi Mvovo
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 13 Juan de Jongh
  • 12 Harold Vorster
  • 11 Makazole Mapimpi
  • 10 Lionel Cronje
  • 9 Jano Vermaak
  • 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe
  • 7 Ruan Ackermann
  • 6 Uzair Cassiem
  • 5 Ruan Botha
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 2 Franco Marais
  • 1 Thomas Du Toit
RESERVES
  • 23 Francois Venter
  • 22 Fred Zeilinga
  • 21 Dewaldt Duvenage
  • 20 Anidisa Ntsila
  • 19 Jason Jenkins
  • 18 Trevor Nyakane
  • 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche
  • 16 Ramone Samuels
START LINE UP
  • 15 Louis Dupichot
  • 14 Gabriel Lacroix
  • 13 Jonathan Danty
  • 12 Jean-Baptiste Dubie
  • 11 Arthur Joel Bonneval
  • 10 Frederic Michalak
  • 9 Yann Lesgourhues
  • 8 Marco Tauleigne
  • 7 Judicael Cancoriet
  • 6 Anthony Jelonch
  • 5 Arnaud Mela
  • 4 Alexandre Flanquart
  • 3 Malik Hamadache
  • 2 Remi Bonfils
  • 1 Vartanov Khatchik
RESERVES
  • 23 Clement Poitrenaud
  • 22 Anthony Belleau
  • 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine
  • 20 Romain Sazy
  • 19 Felix Lambey
  • 18 Tommy Raynaud
  • 17 Clement Ric
  • 16 Anthony Etrillard
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Preview: South Africa A v French Barbarians

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:30

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: To paraphrase a line from that well-known Robbie Williams song: Let us entertain you!

That is the theme for the historic match between South Africa A and the French Barbarians, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban, on Friday.

SA 'A' coach Johan Ackermann, speaking to rugby365 in the build-up to the game, said he expects the French outfit to "live up to their reputation" and give the ball lots of air.

And while the SA 'A' team might be a touch more 'structured', they will have the freedom to enjoy the game.

"I do expected them to give the ball a lot of air," Ackermann said - adding that it is in the nature of French teams to be expansive in their approach.

"With a guy like [their captain] Frédéric Michalak and Heini Adams, who is an assistant coach, they will take a few more risks.

"They will look at chip-kicks, etc. They would be looking to do the unexpected.

"We have to stay within our structure and our gameplan. We have to ensure we retain possession for long periods and don't give them too much possession."

He admitted that the short timeframe i which to prepare will be an issue and winning will always be the main  goal.

However, the players will have the freedom to play and entertain.

"The important aspect is that we must enjoy each other's company these two weeks and retain our philosophy of exciting rugby.

"We want to give them the freedom to enjoy themselves, but we do have a responsibility to the supporters and the country to secure a win.

"We do have a basic structure, but within that there is freedom for the players to enjoy themselves."

Players to watch:

For South Africa A: Springbok wing Ruan Combrinck would like to show Bok coach Allister Coetzee he is fit enough for a call-up to the national team, young Harold Vorster could show he is not just hype, Lionel Cronje could also show he can play higher than Super Rugby level. Te loose forward trio of Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Ruan Ackermann and Uzair Cassiem could also cause some serious damage.

For the French Barbarians: Lock Arnaud Mela, at age 37, gets one final run before walking off into the retirement sunset. Another veteran, flyhalf Frédéric Michalak, may just hold the key to the BaaBaas' success.

Head to head: SA A flyhalf Lionel Cronje and French BaaBaas No.10 Frédéric Michalak are players with great skill and a willingness to push the envelope. They will be the directors and an entertaining game.

Prediction: You can never write off any French team, but South Africa A seem to have more class and should win by about 15 points.

Teams:

South Africa A: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Francois Venter.

Barbarians Français: 15 Louis Dupichot, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10  Frédéric Michalak (captain), 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Judicaël Cancoriet, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Khatchik Vartanov.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Clément Ric, 18 Tommy Raynaud, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Romain Sazy, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Clément Poitrenaud.

Date: Friday, June 16
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 16.45 (14.45 GMT)
Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Vusi Msibi (South Africa), Blake Beattie (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

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South Africa 'A' edge French Baabaas in try-fest

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:20

REPORT: It was by means a fluid performance but the South Africa 'A' team did enough to edge the French Barbarians 36-28 in a thrilling 10-try encounter in Durban.

It was a typical 'exhibition' game that featured plenty of tries and scintillating skills as a result of the free-flowing nature of the 80 minutes.

The home side battled back to take a 22-21 lead into the half-time interval, before keeping their noses ahead in the second half to bag the victory.

The French Barbarians made a fast start as they put the South Africa 'A' side under immediate pressure. It was not long before the visitors were rewarded as scrumhalf Yann Lesgourgues sniped his way over the line. Frédéric Michalak added the extras to hand the Baabaas a 7-0 lead after four minutes.

A stolen line-out on the visitors' 22 saw the home side launch an attack. The ball was handed to fullback Lwazi Mvovo who broke through the defensive line to dot down. Lionel Cronje added the extras to level matters at 7-7 by the 11th minute.

The visitors hit back immediately as Michalak started and finished the attack after they regained possession from the kick-off. He curled the conversion through the uprights to hand the visitors a 14-7 lead on the 14-minute mark. 

South Africa 'A' took the lead 10 minutes later as they bagged a further two unconverted tries. Makazole Mapimpi continued his try-scoring form when he dotted down in the corner after his teammates turned the ball over at the breakdown in the 20th minute.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe handed the home side the lead in the 24th minute when he was on-hand to receive a Cronje offload five-metres from the French Baabaas try-line after the flyhalf broke through their defence from the halfway line.

Cronje was unable to slot either conversion but South Africa 'A' managed to bag a 17-14 lead.

The lead was extended in the 32nd minute when Harold Vorster ran a brilliant line on the visitors' 10-metre line to snap up an Uzair Cassiem pass and race away to score in the corner. Once again, Cronje failed with the conversion but the lead was now 22-14.

The Baabaas narrowed the deficit to a solitary point with three minutes remaining in the half as Michalak showcased some silky skills. He pounced on a loose ball, poked it ahead before slap-passing it to Anthony Belleau, who saw off Mapimpi to dot down. Michalak's conversion taking the deficit to 21-22. 

The free-flowing nature of the match continued in the second half and it would be the visitors who retook the lead with the first points of the half. Michalak again the catalyst in putting a well-weighted grubber through that was chased down by Anthony Belleau. Michalak's conversion ensured a 28-22 lead in the 56th minute.

It took the home side another 10 minutes to regain the lead when, after a sustained bit of pressure in their opponents' 22, Ruan Combrink sent a high cross-kick that Vorster latched onto. Cronje slotted the conversion to edge the home side ahead 29-28.

The match began to become stop-start as fatigue set in but it was the home side that sealed the victory in the 77th minute when Mvovo showed plenty of speed to race away and grab his second try. Fred Zeilinga stepped up to slot the conversion to stretch the lead to 36-28.

Man of the match: Lwazi Mvovo carried the ball strongly when he got the chance and Lionel Cronje showed glimpses of his Super Rugby form, despite his kicking at goal being off the boil. Harold Vorster proved once again how dangerous he can be with ball in hand. Despite the positives for the South African 'A' side, there was one man on the field who showed that he still has what it takes to play at the highest level. He displayed his skills, marshalled his troops brilliantly and had a hand in nearly all of his side's points - our man of the match is none other than Frédéric Michalak.

Scorers:

For South Africa A:
Tries: Mvovo 2, Mapimpi, Notshe, Vorster 2
Cons: Cronje 2, Zeilinga

For Barbarians Français:
Tries: Lesgourgues, Michalak, Belleau 2
Cons: Michalak 4

Teams:

South Africa A: 15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Juan de Jongh (captain), 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Lionel Cronje, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Uzair Cassiem, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Fred Zeilinga, 23 Francois Venter.

Barbarians Français: 15 Louis Dupichot, 14 Gabriel Lacroix, 13 Jonathan Danty, 12 Jean-Baptiste Dubié, 11 Arthur Bonneval, 10 Frédéric Michalak (captain), 9 Yann Lesgourgues, 8 Marco Tauleigne, 7 Judicaël Cancoriet, 6 Anthony Jelonch, 5 Arnaud Mela, 4 Alexandre Flanquart, 3 Malik Hamadache, 2 Rémi Bonfils, 1 Khatchik Vartanov.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Etrillard, 17 Clément Ric, 18 Tommy Raynaud, 19 Felix Lambey, 20 Romain Sazy, 21 Jean-Baptiste Pejoine, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Clément Poitrenaud.

Referee: Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Vusi Msibi (South Africa), Blake Beattie (South Africa)
TMO: Christie du Preez (South Africa)

Lwazi Mvovo (11min), Makazole Mapimpi (20min), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (23min), Harold Vorster (30min), Harold Vorster (67min), and Lwazi Mvovo (76min)
TRIES
Yann Lesgourhues (3min), Frederic Michalak (13min), Anthony Belleau (36min), and Anthony Belleau (54min)
Lionel Cronje (12min), Lionel Cronje (68min), and Fred Zeilinga (77min)
CONVERSIONS
Frederic Michalak (4min), Frederic Michalak (14min), Frederic Michalak (37min), and Frederic Michalak (55min)
 
PENALTIES
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Durban
REFEREE Quinton Immelman (South Africa)