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Next weekend we head to Durban for the second Test at Kings Park.
Stay tuned to Sport24 for reaction after the Springbok victory!
Hooker Malcolm Marx deservedly receives the best player award!
Good result for Boks. Most impressive element was defensive attitude on own line in last 2 mins. Good indicator of space team's in. #SAvFRA— Jean Smyth (@JeanSmyth) June 10, 2017
Good result for Boks. Most impressive element was defensive attitude on own line in last 2 mins. Good indicator of space team's in. #SAvFRA
Junior Boks give the @Springboks a round of applause after their victory against France from Tbilisi pic.twitter.com/I69l0guzui— Junior Springboks (@JuniorBoks) June 10, 2017
Junior Boks give the @Springboks a round of applause after their victory against France from Tbilisi pic.twitter.com/I69l0guzui
Well done @Springboks ! Good start to 2017! Congrats to all the debutants! #springboks— Pierre Spies (@Pierrespies8) June 10, 2017
Well done @Springboks ! Good start to 2017! Congrats to all the debutants! #springboks
78'- CLEAN BREAKS
Welcome back to Frans Steyn in the #Springboks jersey as well as debut to @dill10leyds #BokCountry pic.twitter.com/sHISaKheNM— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 10, 2017
Welcome back to Frans Steyn in the #Springboks jersey as well as debut to @dill10leyds #BokCountry pic.twitter.com/sHISaKheNM
A try worthy of celebrating. Ross Cronje scores on debut. #LoveRugby #BokCountry @MTNZA pic.twitter.com/HdGL5Z2FPi— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 10, 2017
A try worthy of celebrating. Ross Cronje scores on debut. #LoveRugby #BokCountry @MTNZA pic.twitter.com/HdGL5Z2FPi
Congrats Dilly Leyds ??????????????????— Breyton Paulse (@BreytonPaulse) June 10, 2017
Congrats Dilly Leyds ??????????????????
72'- METRES MADE ON ATTACK
Loftus erupts as Jan Serfontein outfoxes French cover defense following breaks by @Francoishougi & Andries Coetzee. Jantjies converts 37-14 pic.twitter.com/erstXbZJu5— South African Rugby (@Springboks) June 10, 2017
Loftus erupts as Jan Serfontein outfoxes French cover defense following breaks by @Francoishougi & Andries Coetzee. Jantjies converts 37-14 pic.twitter.com/erstXbZJu5
69'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.
SA 37-14 France
66' - CLEAN BREAKS
61'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.
SA 30-14 France
59'- TMO CALL
Skosan chases a chip in behind the French defence but knocks on with the tryline begging. However, he is claiming he was tackled without the ball.
The TMO is called into action... Penalty try coming up?
56'- Steyn will play inside centre, with Serfontein moving to the outside.
It's Steyn's first Test since 2012...
55'- CONVERSION slotted by Plisson.
SA 16-14 France
51' - METRES MADE ON ATTACK
44'- PENALTIES CONCEDED
FULL-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 37-14 FRANCE. The final score is 37-14 and South Africa have won the game by 23 points. France scored two tries, South Africa scored three and both teams put up some good performances. The penalty try was where the game started going away from France.
France are inching closer and closer to the Springbok try line. The defence from the hosts is also strong.
Serin takes a quick penalty and France are looking to score here as the hooter goes off.
France have the ball with just a couple of minutes remaining. The ball goes into touch for a Springbok lineout. France win the lineout and they look to attack.
France win a penalty for South Africa going off their feet in the ruck. France kick it out for a 5m lineout.
Just a few minutes remaining in the game and Coetzee kicks the ball into touch and France have a lineout.
Leyds makes his debut for South Africa as they is one of the replacements. Hougaard feeds the scrum for the hosts. They pass the ball wide to Leyds.
Penalty advantage to France as they push on to their 6th phase. The penalty is given, France kick it out for a lineout.
A scrum and South Africa have the feed. Hougaard brings the ball out, passes it and then comes back to get the ball. Good move from the Springboks. France manage to turn the ball over.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, SERFONTEIN! 35-14: Coetzee puts in a good run after Hougaard passes the ball to him. Coetzee offloads the ball to Serfontein who goes all the way. Good try for the hosts.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 37-14: Jantjies adds on the extras, he is having a good game with the kicks. South Africa lead by 23 points. France will be back to full strength soon.
France keep attacking and working the ball through a few phases. South Africa manage to kick the ball to clear and then South Africa attack.
South African defence under pressure now as France kick the ball out for another 5m lineout. Etzebeth wins the lineout throw and Jantjies clears the ball into touch.
France win a penalty for Serfontein not rolling away. France kick it out for a lineout.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 30-14: Jantjies kicks the ball perfectly to add on the extras to push the lead to 16 points.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, CRONJE! 28-14: A lineout and Whiteley does really well to win it and pass it to Cronje who puts in a brilliant run. South Africa push on and increase their lead.
Skosan tries reach the chip kick as South Africa attack again. The referee contacts the TMO for help, Skosan appealed that he was being obstructed. Replays don't support Skosan's claim.
PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 23-14: The fans are happy as a penalty try is awarded, South Africa will be happy with the decision. It is also a yellow card so France will be down to 14 men.
Francois Steyn is on the field. Steyn comes into action after the scrum as he kicks the ball deep. France kick the ball back to find Steyn again.
CONVERSION, FRANCE, PLISSON! 16-14: Plisson makes no mistake with the conversion and the deficit is brought down to 2 points.
TRY, FRANCE, SERIN! 16-12: Good run from Serin who has been unstoppable. He grounds the ball over the line and France score their second try.
A couple of knock ons from either side and the referee blows his whistle. It will be a scrum.
A scrum for France and they feed the ball and win it. France pass the ball wide and keep the possession. They are looking for an opening but South Africa are defending well.
The Springboks win a penalty and take it quickly. Cronje makes good ground and Kriel breaks the line again. Unfortunately they run out of space. Kriel has been on fire this evening.
Jantjies sees a gap and then offloads well. Marx takes it further before Mohoje messes it up with a knock on. That was a very promising move.
Once again we have issues at scrumtime and it may be due to the ground conditions. We had some water on the pitch this morning. The Referee keeps his promise and South Africa earns a scrum penalty. They gain much needed relief, as Jantjies finds touch on the halfway line.
Fickou tries a grubber kick and it bounces into touch seven meters from the Springbok line.
The Referee warns the players that any more scrum resets would result in penalties.
HALF-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 16-7 FRANCE. South Africa have dominated the possession but the scoreline suggests a close game. Both sides have scored one try each but South Africa's penalty goals separate them. South Africa lead by 6 points after the first half.
Second half begins, South Africa kick us off.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 16-7: Jantjies kicks the penalty perfectly and it will be three more points for South Africa.
It is advantage South Africa and Jantjies chip kicks the ball deep into the area but South Africa will come back for the penalty. France concede the penalty for Fickou not releasing the ball.
CONVERSION, FRANCE, PLISSEN! 13-7: Plissen makes no mistake and adds on the extras, South Africa lead by 6 points.
TRY, FRANCE, CHAVANCY! 13-5: Good kick from Huget and he makes a good run towards the try line but the bounce does not favour them. Chavancy grounds the ball and that will be France's first try of the game.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 13-0: Jantjies makes no mistake with the conversion and South Africa push their lead to 13 points.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KRIEL! 11-0: Coetzee started the move after going through a few defenders and still holding on to the ball. Then Marx passes the ball to Kriel who is too quick for the French defence. First try of the game.
Rhule goes off his feet and South Africa concede a penalty.
France concede the penalty, Camara concedes it for hands in the ruck. Jantjies kicks the ball for a lineout.
Kolisi finds himself alone with the ball but there is little support as the French come back to defend. Mostert is not able to do much and France win the penalty.
South Africa have a lineout, Etzebeth takes it. They bring the ball back to Jantjies who clears the ball.
Good passing from the French and they are attacking and making some good ground. South Africa under siege now, Maestri with some good hands and France fail to score because the ball goes out. South Africa manage to scramble their way out of a tight spot.
The scrum is reset a few times and the referee is having a few words with the players. France bring the ball back and clear it deep into the Springbok half.
South Africa continue to work the ball through a few phases and they are holding the possession. After 10 phases, the move comes to nothing because of a forward pass.
Jantjies tries the box kick and Whiteley tries to receive it but the bounce does not favour the Springbok captain.
A French lineout and then the referee blows his whistle to stop the play. After a nice throw for South Africa, the ball is passed wide to the wing and they are dominating possession.
Good play by Jantjies who kicks the ball and then puts in a good run to win a lineout. A good lineout for South Africa who are putting France under pressure again.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 6-0: Jantjies slots the penalty goal perfectly and South Africa lead by 6 points.
Yet another penalty goes South Africa's way, Poirot concedes it for foul play. Jantjies will look to kick this.
South Africa win another penalty, France concede the penalty for Maynadier collapsing the maul.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 3-0: Jantjies kicks an easy penalty goal to open the scoring for South Africa.
The French are caught offside and this will be a penalty to South Africa. Camara the guilty party.
Kriel passes the ball wide to Rhule but he is out of play and the French take a quick penalty to push the ball into the Springbok half.
It will be a lineout to South Africa, Coetzee puts in a good kick. South Africa win the lineout and take a few passes looking for an opening.
The referee has a few words with players from both sides as he is not happy with the first scrum of the game. The scrum is reset.
South Africa concede a penalty and France will look to kick this to open their scoring. Mostert conceded the kick for collapsing the maul, Plisson fails to kick the penalty goal through the uprights. Score stays on 0-0.
Jantjies clears quickly to make it a safe start for South Africa.
Kick-off! The first half begins. The national anthems are over and France kick us off.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the clash between South Africa and France from the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (c), 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Loann Goujon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (c), 4 Julien le Devedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Glen Jackson is the referee today with Ben O?Keeffe and Marius Mitrea assisting him. Rowan Kitt is the TMO.
As the Springboks' new captain, Warren Whiteley will be keen to deliver an assured display and his decision making ? particularly in pressure situations ? will be closely scrutinised. He will also try to show that he is worth his place in the team simply as a player by being at the forefront of the Boks' forward effort and will be hoping for a smooth transition in the leadership role at Test level.
In Virimi Vakatawa, France have one of the game's most potent attackers and a genuine game-breaker, who has the ability to stamp his authority on a game with a moment of brilliance. A superb finisher, the France Sevens star is so highly rated by Novès that les Bleus coach handed him his Test debut last year despite not playing 15-a-side rugby in nearly three years.
Coetzee has made some bold selection decisions with debutants Andries Coetzee, Raymond Rhule, Courtnall Skosan and Ross Cronje all named in the starting line-up while another uncapped player, Dillyn Leyds, is in line for a Test debut off the replacements bench.
The decision to appoint Lions captain Warren Whiteley as the Springboks' new captain was an inspired one and it will be interesting to see how the 29-year-old performs as the side's chief decision maker in the international arena, where the margin for error is much smaller than in Super Rugby.
France are known for their unpredictability but have shown steady improvement under the guidance of head coach Guy Novès and head into this series in a confident mood after finishing their Six Nations campaign in joint second place ? alongside Ireland and Scotland.
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