WORLD RANKINGS: No reward for Boks' win
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: South Africa’s 29-26 win over France has helped the side narrow the deficit between them and England.
Les Bleus held a 23-9 lead early in the second half.
But the Springboks fought back to clinch the win with a try from Bongi Mbonambi in the last play of the game.
Having received 0.91 of a point for their third straight victory at the Stade de France, South Africa are now only 1.6 points adrift of Eddie Jones’ men.
New Zealand increased their lead at the top of the rankings over Ireland to 3.46 points as a result of their 16-15 win against England.
Although for a moment it looked as though all their hard work in fighting their way back from 15-0 down had been undone when Sam Underhill turned Beauden Barrett inside and out to score with only a few minutes remaining. To the relief of the All Blacks, the TMO had spotted an earlier offside infringement and the visitors hung on for the narrowest of wins.