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Internationals | Paris
19:45 (GMT) | 18-11-2017
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is over. FULL TIME
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South Africa playing out the clock now
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The ball sent straight into touch after the restart. Line-out at the 10 of the hosts. SA make good ground with the maul as they truck forward to the 22
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Belleau adds the extras
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The hosts inside the 22 now. They get close to the 5 and power through a lax South Africa defence. Serin is the man to make it over the line. TRY
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France making a few meters at a time as they run into contact ruck after ruck
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The 22 meter reset is taken by the hosts and the move it back to their own half. Ducuing trying to run through the defensive line of the Boks but encounters a living wall
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Belleau sends it wide
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The hosts try to move forward but move the ball horizontally around the pitch. They win a penalty and they prep for a shot at goal
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France have it now and make ground steadily into the away team half
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The French with their defensive line in place as the Boks throw bodies to look for a way through
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The visitors make some ground with the maul and then enter the 10 of the hosts
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South Africa wins a turnover and the ball is kicked into touch around the mid field
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Penalty to the French at the half way. They kick into touch outside the 22 of the Boks
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Line-out to the hosts and it's stolen. The ball cleared by Cronje
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Penalty to the hosts and the ball is kicked into touch at the 22 of the Boks
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The reset kick is sent back and France looking to build from their 10
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Pollard secures the extras
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The ball being moved along the 5 and Kriel gets it after Etzebeth fumbles it. Kriel puts it down in the try area but it's fumbled forward in the tackle. TRY to Kriel
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Line-out to the away team around the mid field and they make some ground with the maul. The Boks make some good ground into the 22 of the hosts
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Scrum to the Boks at their 10 after the reset and the ball is lobbed forward
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Pollard has a kick from 22 meters and puts SA in front by a single point
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The Boks have it and Kriel breaks away from his man into the 22 looking to offload to Marx but Serin has a tug on the shirt and is awarded a yellow card
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The ball at the half way now, changing hands between both sides
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He takes his kick and sends it wide again
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The Boks turnover and move it out wide. The referee sounds his whistle for a penalty and Pollard looks to the sticks
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Scrum reset
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The ball lost forward in contact and the French have a scrum at their 10
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The Boks make some good ground with a maul. The visitors looking for a way into the danger zone now as they move the ball around the 10
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Line-out at the 10 of the away team and the ball is played into touch by the hosts looking for a ball over the top
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The reset kick is cleared into touch and France have it, moving froward from their 10. The hosts win a penalty and kick into touch
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Belleau takes his kick and puts his team in front for the first time
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France being driven out of the 22. The referee says high tackle on Thomas and France set up for a shot at goal
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France move it to the opposite wing. Some good continuity from the hosts now as they enter the 22 but a pass is flicked over the top
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France take their scrum and win a penalty. The ball is kicked into touch at the 10 of the away team
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Line-out to away team at the French 10. The Boks look for a maul and give away a scrum to the hosts
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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He takes his kick and pushes it wide. HALF TIME
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Pollard sets up for another kick at goal from outside the 10
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SA looking to go forward but playing the ball back into their own half then kicking forward
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He takes his kick and sends it to the right
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Penalty to the away team and Pollard prepares for a kick at goal
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SA come away with the ball after the and they probe at the 22 of the hosts
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The turnover is won by the French and they receive a penalty. Line-out to the French at the 10 of the visitors
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France have it at the half way now and the ball is lost forward by Bastareaud. The away team move forward to the 10 of the hosts
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Line-out to the hosts after the kick and they pressure the Boks inside their 22 now
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He takes the kick and the ball bounces off the padding
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The referee blows for a penalty to the hosts and Belleau lines it up for a kick at goal from the away team 10
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The reset kick is deep but the French confident now after the try. They push SA back to their 10
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Belleau secures the extras
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They maneuver quickly as Belleau gets it on the outside and runs inside to put it down between the sticks. TRY
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The ball kicked forward as France is pushed back. They kick forward and the hosts have it at the 22 now
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Line-out to the away team and the ball is lost in the line-out. France trying to work their way out of their 10
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The French turnover and Guirado carrying forward into the 10 of the visitors but finds he is alone. The Boks turnover and it goes into touch
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Coetzee being carried forward by his team into the 10 of the French. A loose ball sent back and the Boks look to start from inside their own half now
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The ball being kicked back and forth by both teams. The ball goes into the try area and it's put down for a 22 meter reset
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Picamoles carrying forward for his team as they move inside the visitors' half
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A kick forward deep into the French half. They play the ball out of danger
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The French have it now and Dupont looking for a sneaky pass to open up the wing but it goes into touch. Line-out to the away team at the French 10
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Line-out to the away team at the 22 of the hosts after the reset kick. France manage to get it after the throw and kick forward
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Pollard sets up for a kick at goal and adds 3 points
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Kolisi running along the opposite wing to which the line-out was taken and the referee sounds his whistle for a high tackle against Jesse Kriel by Guirado
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The ball is tackled into touch and De Jager wins a French line-out for his team
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The ball kicked straight into touch and France have a line-out at the French 22. They lose out at the 22 but get it back at the 10. De Jager carrying forward for his team
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Line-out to the Boks at the half way and it's fumbled in the throw. France have it at the 10 of the away team now but lose it forward
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Pollard kicks forward and it's caught. The ball is kicked into touch around the mid field
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France have it after a poor pass by the Boks flyhalf. They move it around the half way before lobbing it into the air
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Scrum to the Boks at the home team 10
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The restart kick is short and the Boks hoist it into the air. France not controlling the ball and it's lost forward
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Pollard sends it wide
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The away team at the 5 now as they show good strength to carry into the 5. Cronje takes it out and gives it to Leyds who runs with 3 men around him expecting the offload but he keeps it and stretches to put it down over the line. TRY
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The moved out the back and they move the ball from wing to wing. Kolisi carrying into the danger zone as they edge towards the 5 now
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The ball lost forward and the referee sounds his whistle for the first scrum of the fixture to the away team
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Line-out taken and the French build from the Boks' 10
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The ball turned over and then kicked forward by the hosts. It bounces into touch at the 10 of the away team
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The French on the attack early in the first half, showing gumption as they make it to the 5. The Boks manage to hold them off and move it back to the half way
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The referee sounds his whistle and the game is underway
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The respective anthems being sung now
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The line-outs were much of a muchness in June, each side taking two of the opponents' throws. In the centres there could be an interesting confrontation between fleet-footed Francois Venter and prop-like Mathieu Bastareaud
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France have the same front row they had in June. South Africa have two of the three. The new man is strong Wilco Louw. In that June Tests there were nine scrums which produced six penalties, three to each side. Louw will produce greater stability
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Then Elton Jantjies drops to the bench and back from injury comes Handré Pollard, four years younger than Jantjies but having played two Tests more
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On the South African side, interest may well focus on returnee Duane Vermeulen, once expected to captain the Springboks but went off to Toulon instead
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Welcome to Paris, where France host the Springboks
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jefferson Poirot
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • 5 Paul Gabrillagues
  • 6 Judicael Cancoriet
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Antoine Dupont
  • 10 Anthony Belleau
  • 11 Yoann Huget
  • 12 Mathieu Bastareaud
  • 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • 14 Teddy Thomas
  • 15 Nans Ducuing
RESERVES
  • 16 Clement Maynadier
  • 17 Sebastien Taofifenua
  • 18 Daniel Kotze
  • 19 Paul Jedrasiak
  • 20 Anthony Jelonch
  • 21 Baptiste Serin
  • 22 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 23 Damien Penaud
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 3 Wilco Louw
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Lodewyk de Jager
  • 6 Francois Louw
  • 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 8 Duane Vermeulen
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Handre Pollard
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Francois Venter
  • 13 Jesse Kriel
  • 14 Dillyn Leyds
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
  • 17 Steven Kitshoff
  • 18 Trevor Nyakane
  • 19 Franco Mostert
  • 20 Daniel du Preez
  • 21 Rudi Paige
  • 22 Elton Jantjies
  • 23 Warrick Gelant
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PREVIEW: France v South Africa

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:32

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL SEASON: For the second week South Africa will face one of the other contestants for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. 

Last Saturday it was Ireland before the vote and this Saturday it will be France who won the "transparent" secret ballot, to the intense disappointment of the whole of South Africa.

In Ireland, a rugby match was allowed to be played in its own right, suffering in no way, it seems, from the manoeuvres of officials. It is devoutly to be hoped that the same will happen in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis this Saturday, and that triumph and disappointment will play no part in the mood of the match. The match will be tough enough without pouring any fuel on it.

Before we look forward to the match, let's look back.

This is the 43rd match between the two countries. Six have been drawn, South Africa won 25, France 11. Both sides have similar home-and-away records. Of South Africa's 25 wins, 12 have been away; of France's 11 wins, five have been away. France's win in 1958 meant South Africa's first series loss at home since 1896, and France won the two-Test series without scoring a try.

But, as the French say, revenons a nos moutons, and the matter at hand is Saturday's match.

Remarkably it will be the fourth match between the two countries this year. The first three were in South Africa and the Springboks won them by 23, 22 and 23 points. And that may have no bearing on this match.

Only six of the French side that started against the South Africa at Ellis Park in June will start again now - Nans Ducuing, who shifts from right wing to fullback, Louis Picamoles, Kevin Gourdon, Rabah Slimani, captain Guilhelm Guirado and Jefferson Poirot. Two more are on the bench this time - Damian Penaud and Baptiste Serin. The only one still on the bench is hooker Clément Maynadier of Bordeaux Bègles.

But then the Springboks are not wholly intact either. Seven of the June starters are starting again - Andries Coetzee, Jesse Kriel, Courtnall Skosan, Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx and Tendai Mtawarira, while Dillyn Leyds is moving up from the bench to the starting team while Elton Jantjies and Francois Mostert go in the other direction. Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff and Rudy Paige are back on the bench.

France have the same team that fought back so well in their defeat at the hands of New Zealand last week, whereas South Africa have four changes to their ineffective starting team of last week.

After the horrors of 2016, the three victories over France promised a new dawn. It was a false hope, for this year they have had record defeats against New Zealand and, just last week, Ireland. Still they followed their 0-57 loss to New Zealand with an unlucky one-point defeat in the return match. Will they surprise all Frenchmen and all South Africans on Saturday night in the Paris cold?

Players to Watch:

For France: France have a new scrumhalf, a lively Faf de Klerk of a man - Antoine Dupont, a zestful 21-year-old who plays for Toulouse. You will see a lot of him. 
On the right wing is Biarritz-born Teddy Thomas who does remarkable things to score tries, as he did with a swanky dive against New Zealand last Saturday in his first Test since 2014.

For South Africa: On the South African side, interest may well focus on returnee Duane Vermeulen, once expected to captain the Springboks but went off to Toulon instead. Then Elton Jantjies drops to the bench and back from injury comes Handré Pollard, four years younger than Jantjies but having played two Tests more. Much will be expected of Pollard, as it has been since he was a schoolboy.

Head to Head: Unyielding strong man against unyielding strong man - Louis Picamoles against Duane Vermeulen. That could be a great clash. Young flyhalf against even younger flyhalf - Handré Pollard against Anthony Belleau with experience on Pollard's side for Belleau has just last week's cap to his credit. Pollard is bigger and stronger and could dominate the man from Toulon. Tight forwards against tight forwards. France have the same front row they had in June. South Africa have two of the three. The new man is strong Wilco Louw. In that June Tests there were nine scrums which produced six penalties, three to each side. Louw will produce greater stability. The line-outs were much of a muchness in June, each side taking two of the opponents' throws. In the centres there could be an interesting confrontation between fleet-footed Francois Venter and prop-like Mathieu Bastareaud. Goal-kicker against goal-kicker. Pollard is a good bet, though Belleau has scored many points for Toulon in his short time at the top. Bench against Bench. This time the French seem to have the more trenchant bench, especially in their three backs.

Results this Century:
2001: France won 32-23 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2001: South Africa won 20-15 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2001: France won 20-10 at Stade de France, Paris
2002: France won 30-10 in Marseille
2005: Draw 30-30 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2005: South Africa won 27-13 at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
2005: France won 26-20 at Stade de France, Paris
2006: France won 36-26 at Newlands
2009: France won 20-13 in Toulouse
2010: South Africa won 42-17 at Newlands
2013: South Africa won 19-10 at Stade de France, Paris
2017: South Africa won 37-14 at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
2017: South Africa won 37-15 at Kings Park Stadium, Durban
2017: South Africa won 35-12 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Prediction: It depends whether this is the 57-0 Springbok side or the 25-24 team. If the latter they could well beat France but then are just as likely to lose by lots. It's just so hard to see how they are going to score points, other than from Pollard's boot, but if the French take a leaf out of the Irish gameplan and play to their right, South Africa's left, they are likely to score points. The object of the game is to score points, "the team scoring the greater number of points being the winner of the match", say the Laws of the Game. That side could well be France by ten points or more. And if that happens it will end a black week in South African rugby, perhaps the blackest of all time.

Teams:

France: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Clement Maynadier, 17 Sébastien Taofifénua, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Damian Penaud.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian de Allende.

Date: Saturday, November 18
Kick-off: 20.45 (19.45 GMT; 21.45 SA time}
Venue: Stade de France, Paris
Expected weather conditions: Partly cloudy with a high of 10°C, dropping to 6°C, as winter gets closer.
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

By Paul Dobson
@rugby365com

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Springboks squeak past feisty France

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 19:15

NOVEMBER INTERNATIONAL REPORT: The French fought valiantly to steal a late victory but their efforts fell just short as the Springboks managed to hang on for an 18-17 victory in Paris.

What a difference a week makes! The black South African rugby week ended with a warm green-and-gold glow. It may have been by just one point. Less than one point would have done if that could have produced a win. Such is South African hunger for a win. And they deserved the win - their sixth against France in the last six matches between the two countries.

South Africa scored 18 points, despite missing 11 points from missed kicks at goal. France missed two kicks and ended with 17 points, one fewer than they scored against New Zealand last week. 18 is more than the 0 the Springboks scored last week.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The first half of the first half was a vast improvement as the Springboks looked energetic and creative. And France, too, were creative and energetic. From the kick off there were three minutes of nonstop rugby, ending in a line-out. It was all so vigorous that in that time France lost lock Paul Gabrillagues to injury and Louis Picamoles and Kevin Gourdon had to have ankles attended to.

From the first scrum of the match, the Springboks ran. Courtnall Skosan broke, then Siya Kolisi broke and then Marx, Vermeulen  and Kolisi were close. The ball went wide right and Dillyn Leyds forced his way over in Antoine du Pont's tackle for a try about 10 metres in from touch. 5-0 after 6 minutes.

The Springboks looked like a team eager to attack and carried on running till Mathieu Bastareaud tackled high and Pollard goaled a long kick from an acute angle. It did not look like missing. 8-0 after 17 minutes.

The Springboks' ambitions were tempered by some poor passing and kicks that transferred possession, and France came more and more into the picture.

Young flyhalf Anthony Belleau kicked, three Springboks let the ball bounce, substitute Paul Jedrasiak got the ball and the French attacked, going right. They went through phases till Belleau handed off Jesse Kriel and scored under the posts. 8-7 after 28 minutes.

France were on defence when Leyds charged a clearing kick. The ball flew off him into touch well inside the French 22. France took a quick throw-in and immediately went onto the attack, such was the keenness to attack even if rain started falling.

Pollard missed two kicks at goal just before half-time and at the first penalty of the second half, in a kickable position, he kicked for touch.

France got into South Africa's half and Belleau gave France the lead with a penalty for a high tackle. 10-8 after 47-minutes.  A half-an-hour later France scored again.

At this stage Steven Kitshoff replaced Tendai Mtawarira, and Gourdon limped off with his sore ankle, replaced by Anthony Jelonch. Later Antoine Dupont, who had not been nearly as lively as he had been against New Zealand, was replaced by Baptiste Serin.

Serin did not cover himself in glory. The Springboks were attacking down the right. Marx was in support but Serin grabbed his jersey from behind. This earned him a yellow card and South Africa three points from the penalty, giving them back the lead at 11-10 after 58 minutes.

On the Springbok left, Cronje set Marx pounding downfield for a highly profitable Springbok attack. Kolisi carried it on and the Springboks were close. Lood de Jager, Kitshoff and Wilco Louw got even closer till Eben Etzebeth held onto a low pass as they went right. From him the ball bounced on to Kriel who swirled away from Yoann Huget and dotted down neatly. The French were appealing for a knock-on and the referee referred to the TMO. Replays showed that Etzebeth had not passed forward but Nans Ducuing had knocked the ball forward from Etzebeth's hands. The try stood, converted by Pollard. 18-10 with 18 minutes to play.

The Springbok forwards were now playing directly and with energy.

With eight minutes to play, Belleau missed with a penalty attempt.

Dan du Preez came on for the Springboks, earning his first cap. His twin brother, Jean-Luc, was already a Springbok, and they became just the second set of twins to play for South Africa, after the Ndungane twins.

France advanced with urgent phases. Judicael Cancoriet and Huget were close and then Serin plunged a few centimetres to score a try which Belleau converted. 18-17 with three minutes to play.

Soon after the kick-off the Springboks got possession and played keepball till time was up.

It was an intense game but not a particularly entertaining one. Springbok supporters would gladly swap entertainment for the relief of winning .

Man of the Match: Hard. It was not a day for stars but our choice is a surprise one, to us at least - Ross Cronje. It was his best game in a Springbok jersey and he was courageous well beyond his size, fearing nobody.

Moment of the Match: Jesse Kriel's try from Malcolm Marx's charge to the surprise ending.

Villain of the Match: Nobody at all.

Scorers:

For France:
Tries: Belleau, Serin
Cons: Belleau 2
Pens: Belleau

For South Africa:
Tries: Leyds, Kriel
Con: Pollard
Pens: Pollard 2

Yellow card: Baptiste Serin (France, 58 - cynical infringement, early tackle)

Teams:

France: 15 Nans Ducuing, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 12 Mathieu Bastareaud, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Anthony Belleau, 9 Antoine Dupont, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Judicael Cancoriet, 5 Paul Gabrillagues, 4 Sébastien Vahaamahina, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Sébastien Taofifenua, 18 Daniel Kotze, 19 Paul Jedrasiak, 20 Anthony Jelonch, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Francois Trinh-Duc, 23 Damian Penaud.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Daniel du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian de Allende.

Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Tom Foley (England)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

 

Anthony Belleau (27min) and Baptiste Serin (75min)
TRIES
Dillyn Leyds (6min) and Jesse Kriel (61min)
Anthony Belleau (28min) and Anthony Belleau (77min)
CONVERSIONS
Handre Pollard (62min)
Anthony Belleau (47min)
PENALTIES
Handre Pollard (17min) and Handre Pollard (58min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Baptiste Serin (56min)
 
 
VENUE Paris
REFEREE Nigel Owens