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The one thing that still bothers is that there isnt n fluidity in Bok attack. So often seems like just going thru the motions.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) November 18, 2017
The one thing that still bothers is that there isnt n fluidity in Bok attack. So often seems like just going thru the motions.
Besides the win for SA, there is nothing that can be taken from that performance.— stuart hess (@shockerhess) November 18, 2017
Besides the win for SA, there is nothing that can be taken from that performance.
With compliments to your voters @WorldRugby Springboks!!!!!— Johan Ferreira (@Johan_Ferreira) November 18, 2017
With compliments to your voters @WorldRugby Springboks!!!!!
A Bok win, not pretty but a win. No momentum shift no major growth, just a win— JudgeRugby (@JudgeRugby) November 18, 2017
A Bok win, not pretty but a win. No momentum shift no major growth, just a win
FULL-TIME IN PARIS
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!
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!
Rob looking for positives!
For all the imperfections, remember Boks should be further out of sight on the board by now ...— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) November 18, 2017
For all the imperfections, remember Boks should be further out of sight on the board by now ...
72 ' - Belleau has missed with his attempt at goal.
The home side needed that score.
It remains France 10 South Africa 18
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.
France 10 Springboks 18
58' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard!
France 10 Springboks 11
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.
11 points missed by Pollard. Not good enough tonight i'm afraid. Test matches are about points. Boks making own lives difficult. Time to try something new.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) November 18, 2017
11 points missed by Pollard. Not good enough tonight i'm afraid. Test matches are about points. Boks making own lives difficult. Time to try something new.
53' - Penalty to the Boks as a French player prevents a quick throw
Pollard will kick at goal.
47' - PENALTY slotted by France
Belleau makes no mistake!
France 10 Springboks 8
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.
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.
It's like both teams are more into hosting rugby than playing it.— Sean Wilson (@SimplySean_) November 18, 2017
It's like both teams are more into hosting rugby than playing it.
Many mistakes but more positive than last week. Defence worries still. Halfbacks are struggling.— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) November 18, 2017
Many mistakes but more positive than last week. Defence worries still. Halfbacks are struggling.
Springboks with 53% of possession and territory in that half so far.
17 missed tackles is a bit of an issue.
Some brilliance, much bungling in this game ... but Boks do warrant the one-point HT lead. 8-7.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) November 18, 2017
Some brilliance, much bungling in this game ... but Boks do warrant the one-point HT lead. 8-7.
Won’t miss much switching to the golf..??— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) November 18, 2017
Won’t miss much switching to the golf..??
HALF-TIME IN PARIS
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!
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.
These are two flawed teams, but this is a weirdly entertaining game of rugby in Paris.— stuart hess (@shockerhess) November 18, 2017
These are two flawed teams, but this is a weirdly entertaining game of rugby in Paris.
Boks all fire and brimstone for first 25, which compensated for many errors. Now what have they got? #FRAvRSA— Craig Ray (@craigray11) November 18, 2017
Boks all fire and brimstone for first 25, which compensated for many errors. Now what have they got? #FRAvRSA
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.
South Africa are on the ball and they are running the clock down.
CONVERSION, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 17-18: This game is going right to the wire.
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!
France are on the attack again and they have a penalty advantage.
Leyds concedes a penalty and France opt to go for poles.
Belleau fails to hit the target! It is still 10-18. Dan du Preez comes on for Kolisi to make his first test appearance.
South African-born Daniel Kötze is on the field too in French colours.
Serin is back on the field for the hosts.
France fail to hang onto the lineout and Cronjé clears for South Africa.
France win a penalty and set up an attacking lineout. The hosts need to act quickly to get back in this game.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 10-18: Pollard extends the lead beyond a converted try.
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.
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.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 10-11: It's advantage South Africa as Pollard gets his kick right this time.
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.
YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, SERIN! Serin goes to the sin-bin for cynically cutting out that attack.
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.
South Africa have won a penalty and now Pollard has a chance to put them in front.
Kitshoff comes on for Mtawarira, who blows a kiss to the crowd.
France are also making a change, bringing Jelonch on for Gourdon.
France waste another attack as another pass goes into touch. They need to cut out these sloppy errors.
PENALTY, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 10-8: Belleau's kick is good and France go in front.
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.
South Africa look to drive forward, but there's a collapse and France are awarded the scrum.
Guirado is penalised. This time, South Africa set up the attacking lineout instead of going for the three points.
Pollard pushes another long-range penalty attempt wide. It's still 7-8.
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.
Pollard gets the second half up and running.
Picamoles is penalised for offside and Pollard is set to go for poles yet again.
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.
Pollard misses his second kick. It's still 7-8 to South Africa.
South Africa have the ball back yet again and they're on the attack near the French 22.
France win a penalty and go for touch, setting up a lineout near South Africa's 10-metre line.
The kicking tee is out. It looks as if Belleau is going for poles from more than 40 metres out.
The kick doesn't have enough distance on it and South Africa keep their 7-8 lead.
France win a penalty for a side entry. It will be interesting to see which option they take.
CONVERSION, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 7-8: Belleau adds the extra two from a simple kick.
TRY, FRANCE, BELLEAU! 5-8: Belleau darts right through the defence and scores! Awful from the Springboks.
South Africa's lineout goes against the throw. Neither side has dominated in that department.
Marx appears to be at the heart of everything South Africa do. He has just won a turnover now.
The lineout is thrown towards Vermeulen and then South Africa kick deep. France look to run the ball back at them.
Dupont throws a pass straight into touch. South Africa have a lineout on the French 10-metre line.
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.
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.
France look to attack following a lineout, but they lose the ball near the Springbok 22.
The Springboks look to attack again after another scrum, but a poor pass sees it come to nothing.
Pollard's conversion attempt goes wide to the right. South Africa lead 0-5.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, LEYDS! 0-5: Leyds crashes through the defence and finishes off after a patient build-up from the Springboks.
The Springboks win their scrum unspectacularly. Skosan then breaks the first line of defence and puts them on the attack.
Belleau knocks the ball on near the Springboks 10-metre line and we are going to have the first scrum.
Doumayrou puts ball to boot, looking for a hole in the Springbok defence. Skosan gets back to mop up the danger.
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.
Owens blows his whistle and Belleau kicks off for France.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this rugby test between France and South Africa at the Stade de France.
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.
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.
Nigel Owens is today's referee. His assistants are Wayne Barnes and Tom Foley, while Rowan Kitt is the TMO.
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