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2017/11/18 | 22:00 |  Internationals | Stade de France, Saint Denis |  Full Time

As it happened: France 17 Springboks 18

2017-11-19 00:05
Last Updated at 04:58
19 Nov 00:04
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19 Nov 00:03
18 Nov 23:55


France 17 South Africa 18

Not the greatest game of rugby you will ever see, but the Boks will take the win!

Malcolm Marx was outstanding today!

18 Nov 23:54
80' - And they have! The Boks win for only the second time away from home under Allister Coetzee. 
18 Nov 23:53
79' - Just a minute to go now as the Boks camp in the French half. 
18 Nov 23:52
78' - The Boks have possession. They just have to grind down the time now.
18 Nov 23:51

75'  - TRY to France

Serin goes from villain to hero as he gets over from in close!

Belleau kicks the conversion and we have a one-point game folks!

France 17 South Africa 18

18 Nov 23:49
75' - France giving it everything with 5 minutes to go.
18 Nov 23:47
73' - Dan du Preez on for Siya Kolisi
18 Nov 23:46

72 ' - Belleau has missed with his attempt at goal.

The home side needed that score.

It remains France 10 South Africa 18

18 Nov 23:46
72' - Leyds penalized will see France having a shot at goal.
18 Nov 23:45
71' - After a number of phases, Kriel with a silly offload, give possession back to France. 
18 Nov 23:41
68 ' - Vermeulen all over the ball and the big No 8 wins a penalty for the Boks. 
18 Nov 23:41
67' - The French can try again as they win another penalty for the Boks collapsing their maul. 
18 Nov 23:39
66' - A shocker of a lineout by the French. Cronje hoofs downfield and gains 50m for the Springboks. 
18 Nov 23:39
65' - And now a penalty to France as Kitshoff is pinged for not releasing. France over that ball quickly. The French set up a line out in the Bok 25m area. 
18 Nov 23:37
The Boks are making their time playing against 14 men count here. 
18 Nov 23:36

61' - TRY to the Springboks!

Kriel's try stands with the TMO ruling the French player dislodged the ball from Etzebeth's hand, so it was not forward.

Pollard converts

France 10 Springboks 18

18 Nov 23:32
62' - Kriel is over and celebrates... the pass might be forward, however. The TMO will take a look. 
18 Nov 23:31
61' - A little snipe by Cronje sees Marx and Kolisi surge upfield. Better from the Boks!!!
18 Nov 23:28

58' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard!


France 10 Springboks 11

18 Nov 23:27
YELLOW CARD to Baptiste Serin! France down to 14 as the replacement scrumhalf is sent to the bin. 
18 Nov 23:26

57' - After running backward and sideways, Kriel beats a few defenders. He looks to offload to Marx who is tackled early. 

Penalty to the Boks, might be a card as well. 

18 Nov 23:22
54' - Would you believe it... he has missed another relatively easy one. That's 11 points left out on the pitch by the Boks so far. 
18 Nov 23:22

53' - Penalty to the Boks as a French player prevents a quick throw

Pollard will kick at goal. 

18 Nov 23:19
52' - Kitshoff on for Mtawarira 
18 Nov 23:17
51' - After a decent start to the second half for the French, it is now the Springboks on the attack of a brilliant rolling maul gained around 30m. 
18 Nov 23:13

47' - PENALTY slotted by France

Belleau makes no mistake!

France 10 Springboks 8

18 Nov 23:11

45' - France taking the ball through the phases and putting the Springboks under pressure in their own 25m area.

The home side wins a penalty for a high tackle. They will go for goal. 

18 Nov 23:09

42' - The Boks win the attacking lineout, the maul goes to ground and Nigel Owens has ruled a scrum to France saying the Boks took the maul to ground. 

And now a scrum penalty to the French will allow them to relieve the pressure. 

18 Nov 23:07
41' - Early penalty to the Springboks as the French are penalized for trying to stop a Bok maul. Pollard will set up a lineout. That was in his range but he has missed with three already tonight. 
18 Nov 23:06
40' - Pollard kicks off for the Boks and starts the second half. 
18 Nov 23:05
Second half about to get underway in Paris
18 Nov 22:55

Springboks with 53% of possession and territory in that half so far. 

17 missed tackles is a bit of an issue. 

18 Nov 22:52


France 7 Springboks 8

The half started promisingly for the Boks, but again, too much aimless kicking, some dodgy tackling and woeful passing. And the French are just as bad!

18 Nov 22:51

40' - Another penalty to the Boks and Pollard will try again.

This is from 45m and straight in front.

The Bok pivot again pushes his effort out to the right.

And that is half-time.

18 Nov 22:47
37' - Pollard misses out to the right. That wasn't a difficult kick by his standards
18 Nov 22:46
36' - Penalty for the Boks. This is kickable and Pollard is having a shot at goal as the rain starts to fall in Paris. 
  • 81'

    FULL-TIME: FRANCE 17-18 SOUTH AFRICA. France took the lead early in the second half with a penalty, but a yellow card to Serin changed the complexion of the game. South Africa raced 18-10 in front and looked comfortable until the dying minutes, when Serin grabbed a late try. Nevertheless, the Springboks held on for a vital win.

  • 80'

    South Africa are on the ball and they are running the clock down.

  • 78'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 17-18: This game is going right to the wire.

  • 77'

    TRY, FRANCE, SERIN! 15-18: Serin goes over from right in front of the line to finish off after some good work from Huget in the build-up!

  • 76'

    France are on the attack again and they have a penalty advantage.

  • 73'

    Leyds concedes a penalty and France opt to go for poles.

  • 73'

    Belleau fails to hit the target! It is still 10-18. Dan du Preez comes on for Kolisi to make his first test appearance.

  • 70'

    South African-born Daniel Kötze is on the field too in French colours.

  • 68'

    Serin is back on the field for the hosts.

  • 67'

    France fail to hang onto the lineout and Cronjé clears for South Africa.

  • 66'

    France win a penalty and set up an attacking lineout. The hosts need to act quickly to get back in this game.

  • 63'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 10-18: Pollard extends the lead beyond a converted try.

  • 62'

    South Africa go back on the attack and camp on the try-line. Etzebeth loses the ball, but Kriel scoops it up and goes over. Owens goes upstairs to check whether or not it's a try.

  • 62'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KRIEL! 10-16: It's been given! The ball was knocked out of Etzebeth's grasp by the tackler and so it was not lost forward.

  • 59'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 10-11: It's advantage South Africa as Pollard gets his kick right this time.

  • 58'

    Kriel darts through the defence and looks to get the ball away to Marx, but an early challenge on the hooker from Serin halts the attack.

  • 58'

    YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, SERIN! Serin goes to the sin-bin for cynically cutting out that attack.

  • 55'

    Pollard misses again! He has now squandered 11 points from the kicking tee. As a result, France still lead 10-8. Meanwhile, Serin comes on for Dupont.

  • 54'

    South Africa have won a penalty and now Pollard has a chance to put them in front.

  • 53'

    Kitshoff comes on for Mtawarira, who blows a kiss to the crowd.

  • 53'

    France are also making a change, bringing Jelonch on for Gourdon.

  • 51'

    France waste another attack as another pass goes into touch. They need to cut out these sloppy errors.

  • 48'

    PENALTY, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 10-8: Belleau's kick is good and France go in front.

  • 46'

    France go on the attack and win a penalty for a high tackle. This is a good chance for them to take the lead for the first time in this game.

  • 43'

    South Africa look to drive forward, but there's a collapse and France are awarded the scrum.

  • 42'

    Guirado is penalised. This time, South Africa set up the attacking lineout instead of going for the three points.

  • 41'

    Pollard pushes another long-range penalty attempt wide. It's still 7-8.

  • 41'

    HALF-TIME: FRANCE 7-8 SOUTH AFRICA. The Springboks head into the break with a narrow lead. Leyds scored the first try of the game, but Belleau hit back after a Pollard penalty with a try and conversion for the hosts. Both sides have made some unnecessary errors, which they will want to cut out in the second half.

  • 41'

    Pollard gets the second half up and running.

  • 40'

    Picamoles is penalised for offside and Pollard is set to go for poles yet again.

  • 38'

    South Africa have won a penalty and Pollard is going for poles. Meanwhile, it is raining all of a sudden at the Stade de France.

  • 38'

    Pollard misses his second kick. It's still 7-8 to South Africa.

  • 36'

    South Africa have the ball back yet again and they're on the attack near the French 22.

  • 35'

    France win a penalty and go for touch, setting up a lineout near South Africa's 10-metre line.

  • 32'

    The kicking tee is out. It looks as if Belleau is going for poles from more than 40 metres out.

  • 32'

    The kick doesn't have enough distance on it and South Africa keep their 7-8 lead.

  • 31'

    France win a penalty for a side entry. It will be interesting to see which option they take.

  • 28'

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 7-8: Belleau adds the extra two from a simple kick.

  • 27'

    TRY, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 5-8: Belleau darts right through the defence and scores! Awful from the Springboks.

  • 26'

    South Africa's lineout goes against the throw. Neither side has dominated in that department.

  • 25'

    Marx appears to be at the heart of everything South Africa do. He has just won a turnover now.

  • 22'

    The lineout is thrown towards Vermeulen and then South Africa kick deep. France look to run the ball back at them.

  • 21'

    Dupont throws a pass straight into touch. South Africa have a lineout on the French 10-metre line.

  • 18'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 0-8: Pollard strikes his kick cleanly and South Africa extend their lead. It's not quite clear, but it looks as if the penalty was awarded for a high tackle from one of the French centres.

  • 16'

    De Jager steals a lineout against the throw. South Africa are on the attack just outside the French 22 and they have the penalty advantage.

  • 14'

    France look to attack following a lineout, but they lose the ball near the Springbok 22.

  • 11'

    The Springboks look to attack again after another scrum, but a poor pass sees it come to nothing.

  • 8'

    Pollard's conversion attempt goes wide to the right. South Africa lead 0-5.

  • 7'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LEYDS! 0-5: Leyds crashes through the defence and finishes off after a patient build-up from the Springboks.

  • 6'

    The Springboks win their scrum unspectacularly. Skosan then breaks the first line of defence and puts them on the attack.

  • 5'

    Belleau knocks the ball on near the Springboks 10-metre line and we are going to have the first scrum.

  • 3'

    Doumayrou puts ball to boot, looking for a hole in the Springbok defence. Skosan gets back to mop up the danger.

  • 2'

    France attack early on as they take the ball within five metres of the Springbok try-line. However, South Africa win the turnover deep inside their 22 and look to counter.

  • 1'

    Owens blows his whistle and Belleau kicks off for France.

  • 0'

    It's a cold night at the Stade de France, but there has not been much in the way of rain at the venue lately.

  • 0'

    There is, of course, a backstory to this game. France have just been confirmed as the hosts for the 2023 World Cup despite World Rugby's leadership having recommended South Africa. France hosted the tournament in 2007, when South Africa beat England in the final at the stadium playing host to tonight's game.

  • 0'

    The teams make their way out of the tunnel. Both are in poor form. Both coaches desperately need this win to ease pressure on them. We're in for a cracker at the Stade de France.

  • 0'

    The South African national anthem has been sung and now the home crowd belts the French anthem out along with the players. They will be right behind their team tonight.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test between France and South Africa at the Stade de France.

  • 0'

    Allister Coetzee has made 10 changes to his matchday 23 following South Africa's abysmal 38-3 loss to Ireland. Eighthman Duane Vermeulen and fly-half Handré Pollard are among those in the starting XV, while Wilco Louw gets his first test start at prop. Francois Venter gets the nod at inside centre, where he will play alongside Jesse Kriel.

  • 0'

    France have already lost three times to South Africa this year, but only six players who started when the teams met at Ellis Park in June are still in Guy Novès' starting XV: Nans Ducuing, Louis Picamoles, Kevin Gourdon, Rabah Slimani, captain Guilhelm Guirado and Jefferson Poirot.

  • 0'

    Nigel Owens is today's referee. His assistants are Wayne Barnes and Tom Foley, while Rowan Kitt is the TMO.

Jump to

France South Africa
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 26' Anthony Belleau
    • 75' Baptiste Serin
    • 6' Dillyn Leyds
    • 61' Jesse Kriel
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 27' Anthony Belleau
    • 76' Anthony Belleau
    • 62' Handre Pollard
  • 1 Penalties 2
    • 47' Anthony Belleau
    • 17' Handre Pollard
    • 58' Handre Pollard
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 57' Baptiste Serin
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Jefferson Poirot
  • Guilhem Guirado
  • Rabah Slimani
  • Sebastien Vahaamahina
  • Paul Gabrillagues
  • Judicael Cancoriet
  • Kevin Gourdon
  • Louis Picamoles
  • Antoine Dupont
  • Anthony Belleau
  • Yoann Huget
  • Geoffrey Doumayrou
  • Mathieu Bastareaud
  • Teddy Thomas
  • Nans Ducuing
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  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Wilco Louw
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Louw
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Ross Cronje
  • Handre Pollard
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Francois Venter
  • Jesse Kriel
  • Dillyn Leyds
  • Andries Coetzee
  • Clement Maynadier
  • Sebastien Taofifenua
  • Daniel Kotze
  • Paul Jedrasiak
  • Anthony Jelonch
  • Baptiste Serin
  • Francois Trinh-Duc
  • Damian Penaud
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Trevor Nyakane
  • Franco Mostert
  • Daniel du Preez
  • Rudy Paige
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Damian de Allende

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