Boks in UK

Boks by 7, say bookies

2013-11-21 11:46
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Cape Town - The Springboks will get the better of France in their Test in Paris on Saturday, if local bookmakers are to be believed. has tipped the Boks to win by 7 points (subject to change) as they prepare for the final game of their end-of-year tour.

South Africa beat Wales (24-15) and Scotland (28-0) in their first two games on tour. The French were impressive despite a 26-19 loss to the All Blacks two weeks ago, but were erratic in a 38-18 win over Tonga last week.

The Springboks last beat France in France in 1997 - when Nick Mallett's charges triumphed 52-10 at the Parc des Princes.

However, in four visits since - 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2009 - the Boks have come unstuck in the French capital.

South Africa's overall record against France is good though, with the Boks winning 21, losing 11 and sharing the spoils six times in 38 games.

For games played in France, South Africa's record is also favourable: Played 17, won 11, lost 5 and drawn 1.

In fact, France's 29-16 win in Paris in 1992 was their first ever home win over South Africa, meaning all their wins over the Boks in France have come post-isolation.

A 0-0 draw in Colombes in 1961 was the best the French did on home soil against South Africa before 1992.

Kick-off at the Stade de France is at 22:00 (SA time) on Saturday.




South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Siya Kolisi 22 Jano Vermaak, 23 Patrick Lambie

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