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South Africa

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France

Internationals | Growthpoint KINGS PARK
15:00 (GMT) | 17-06-2017
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The reset kick is taken and the hooter sounds shortly after. The French with it at the half way. They move forward but it's turned over and kicked into touch. FULL TIME
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The conversion is good
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The French with the ball at the half way and Kolisi steals it away then makes a run to the 22 holding off two defenders as he waits for support. Jantjies comes rushing forward and receives the offload and goes on to score the TRY
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The French win a penalty and kick into touch at their 10
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Line-out to the away team inside the hosts' half . The ball intercepted and kicked forward. The Boks on the attack now applying pressure
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The ball kicked into touch around the 5. The ball overcooked in the line and the French break forward. Vakatawa gets it at the half way and runs to the 22 but Rhule is there on the cover tackling him into touch
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The French give away a penalty as they obstruct Serfontein
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Line-out taken and the ball is fumbled about in the maul. Penalty to the hosts and he kicks it but doesn't find touch
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A deep restart by the home team and the visitors look to play themselves out of danger. The referee says du Toit is offside and the ball is kicked into touch at the Boks' 10
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The conversion is sent wide
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The French move forward with some intense pace after the restart. Fickou gets it and sends it downfield to Penaud who sends the defence one way and goes the other with some good steps. He takes it over the line and scores the TRY
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Jantjies adds the extras
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The Boks showing good form to execute some good passes in close proximity to one another. They push forward to the 5, Whiteley and Marx working well together. The line is formed and sent to Oosthuizen who powers over the flyhalf and throws himself to the ground to score the TRY
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LIne-out to the French after the ball is lost forward and cleared
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The hosts have it now as a series of substitutes enter the field. The home team make it to the 5 with some good passes
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The restart kick is contested and the French end up with the ball
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Trinh-Duc takes the kick and puts on 3 points
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They push inside the 22 and win a penalty in a good position. The ball set up for a kick at goal
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The visitors carry forward with some good strength, Fickou at the center of play for the French
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The ball cleared by Dupont after the French regain control from their ruck. Line-out to the Boks at the away team 10
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The ball booted forward by Cronje. Mapoe attempts to gather a loose pass but loses it forward. The French take it and clear. The hosts have it and Skosan sprints inside the 10 of the visitors
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The referee blows for an offside to the hosts after the throw and the Boks have a moment of relief. The ball kicked into touch at their 10
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Penaud gets it along the wing and makes it over the line but the referee refers to the TMO and says he is in touch. Line-out to the home team at their 5
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The French win a scrum after a series of resets and the visitors opt for a scrum at the 5 now
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Scrum reset
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Scrum to the home team at their 5
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Kitshoff with a good tackle to relieve some pressure. They get a penalty and take it quickly but Serin sends it to no one and Rhule runs away with it then wins a penalty
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The French look to maul. The call to use it is there. The visitors inside the 5 now
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The referee blows for a penalty to the French after an illegal tackle by Mtawarira. The ball kicked into touch at the 5
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Serin slides it in and looks to pass but Cronje is there with the tackle. The visitors driven back to the 22 and look to rebuild; 8 phases
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The ball lost forward by the hosts and the French have a scrum around the 5
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The French showing good resilience to make it to 26 phases, still at the 5
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Poirot trying to power through but the Boks holding their line for now
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They probe, Serin guiding his team to the SA 5
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The away team pushing forward in the 22 now
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Line-out to the hosts and the French turnover
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The hosts with it after a line-out and the ball kicked forward. They win a penalty inside the 10 and kick into touch inside the 22
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Scrum straight off the bat. The hosts win a penalty after the scrum and Jantjies looks to the posts. He misses the kick
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The second half is underway

Half Time

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The horn sounds and the ball kicked forward for Skosan but goes into touch. HALF TIME
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Scrum reset
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The restart kick is short and Etzebeth work in tandem with Kolisi to win a scrum from the maul
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Jantjies takes his kick and secures another 3 points
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The referee awards the hosts a penalty after Guirado binds incorrectly
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Scrum to the French. Scrum reset
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The line-out taken and the referee says forward pass by the hosts
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The hosts win a penalty in the ruck as Whiteley and Kolisi work together to win the ruck. Jantjies kicks it into touch
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The French with it now at their 10. They make some ground forward but struggle to break through the SA defensive line
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The restart kick is booted forward by Jantjies and then sent back
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Jantjies takes his kick and adds 3 more
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Penalty to the hosts and the ball is set up for a kick at goal
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Line-out at the 22 and the Boks try for a maul
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The hosts win a penalty after the restart and the ball is sent into touch
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The conversion is good
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The ball kicked forward by Serfontein and it's fumbled by the French flyhalf Trinh-Duc. Kolisi is there to pick up the scraps and he goes all the way to score a TRY
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Whiteley with it again but the referee sounds his whistle as the ball enters the 22. The ball kicked into touch at the Boks' 10
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The ball taken out a feigned maul by Whiteley and the hosts make it to the 22. The ball kicked forward along the ground and then kicked forward by Cronje
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Marx wins a turnover for his team and Jantjies kicks it into touch around the 10 of the away team
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The restart kick is sent deep into the 22 and the ball is cleared by Jantjies
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Jantjies puts on 2 more
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The ball sent down field to the wing started off by Mtawarira. Kolisi offloads it to Serfontein who runs in field to score the TRY
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The ball taken out and kicked forward then sent back into touch. Line-out at the 10 of the away team
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Scrum to the hosts at their 10
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Jantjies takes the reset kick and the French knock-on after making some ground
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Spedding sends it wide
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Penalty to the away team as the SA scrum breaks down. The ball set up for a kick. Spedding prepares for his shot at goal from 47 meters
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Mohoje receiving treatment after Picamoles heavy run. The flanker is replaced by Du Preez. Play is resumed with a scrum at the half way. Scrum reset
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The referee awards a penalty instead of a scrum and the ball is kicked into touch. The visitors have it now and Picamoles carrying forward with strength
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The hosts moving forward with some intent but the ball lost forward by the lock.. Scrum to the away team outside the 22. Mohoje escapes a yellow card after a previous high tackle
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Line-out to the away team and the ball is cleared after the throw. Line-out to the hosts around the mid field
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The ball taken from the throw and Rhule gets it then makes wonderful run from outside the 10 to inside the 22. The ball moved to the edge of the field but passed into touch
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The hosts turnover and win a penalty after the ball is not released. Jantjies kicks into touch at the 10 of the visitors
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The 22 meter restart is sent to the home team 10. They move forward from the 10 with an advantage
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The French restart and Mostert loses it forward after some good pressure. The away team have it at the 22 and they break through to the 5. Spedding looks for a cheeky kick forward but it goes into the dead ball zone
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He takes his kick and puts on 3 points for the hosts
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The referee blows for an SA penalty after the restart. Jantjies steps up for a kick at goal outside the 22
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Serin prepares to take his kick. The balls swerves inward and the kick is good
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The away team making good space with some along the wing. Penaud the man carrying forward for his team and finding the necessary support. Spedding gets it and makes it over the line as Etzebeth tackles him. The referee refers to the TMO and says grounding is good. TRY
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The ball is cleared but doesn't find touch and Coetzee looks to carry forward along the wing. The ball with the hosts as they make it to the 22. The French with a good counter ruck and the away team have it at the half way
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The referee blows and the game is underway with a kick from Jantjies
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The respective anthems being sung now
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The players readying themselves to leave the locker rooms
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Scott Spedding of France via Krugersdorp and Johannesburg is an exciting player of almost reckless courage.
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South Africa has won the 7 of the last 10 matches in this fixture
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The Springboks had it fairly easy against relative novices last week. This week they are against smaller but much more experienced men.
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Welcome to Kings Park, where The Boks will take on the French
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South Africa
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France
START LINE UP
  • 1 Tendai Mtawarira
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Frans Malherbe
  • 4 Eben Etzebeth
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Siya Kolisi
  • 7 Teboho Mohoje
  • 8 Warren Whiteley
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Jan Serfontein
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 14 Raymond Rhule
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Bongi Mbonambi
  • 17 Steven Kitshoff
  • 18 Coenie Oosthuizen
  • 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • 20 Jean-Luc Du Preez
  • 21 Francois Hougaard
  • 22 Frans Steyn
  • 23 Dillyn Leyds
START LINE UP
  • 1 Jefferson Poirot
  • 2 Guilhem Guirado
  • 3 Rabah Slimani
  • 4 Yoann Maestri
  • 5 Romain Taofifenua
  • 6 Yacouba Camara
  • 7 Kevin Gourdon
  • 8 Louis Picamoles
  • 9 Baptiste Serin
  • 10 Francois Trinh-Duc
  • 11 Virimi Vakatawa
  • 12 Gael Fickou
  • 13 Damien Penaud
  • 14 Yoann Huget
  • 15 Scott Spedding
RESERVES
  • 16 Clement Maynadier
  • 17 Eddy Ben Arous
  • 18 Uini Atonio
  • 19 Julien Le Devedec
  • 20 Bernard le Roux
  • 21 Antoine Dupont
  • 22 Jean-Marc Doussain
  • 23 Nans Ducuing
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Preview: South Africa v France

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:53

IN THE JUNE SPOTLIGHT: At least the Springboks should go into this Test without fear of being disgraced. Paul Dobson looks at the second Test between South Africa and France.

After the first-Test victory, relieved Allister Coetzee announced that the Springboks could now put the horrors of 2016 behind them.

That door was closed.

They will hope that that will not translate itself into complacency, which has ever been the Springboks' primrose path to defeat.

It happened even in the great days of Springbok rugby - the first Test in New Zealand in 1937, the third Test against the British and Irish Lions in 1938, France in 1958 and above all in 1984.

On one Saturday that year, they beat the Jaguars 50-18 in Pretoria and the next Saturday they lost to them 12-21 down the road in Bloemfontein.

Underdog is a more profitable starting position for the Springboks. But after their Pretoria victory, the Springboks will be favourites.

Even against the bolstered French, they will be favourites.

The Springboks made only one change to their team and that was forced on them by Jesse Kriel's concussion.

France changed eight and brought in the players who had played in the final of the Top 14. There are changes at fullback, a  outside centre (uncapped) and halfbacks and a further four in the pack - a loose forward, a lock, a prop and a hooker. The spine of the team looks stronger - hooker down through No.8 and halfbacks to fullback.

The uncapped outside centre is Damian Penaud, the 20-year-old son of Alain Penaud, who played for France in the 1990s.

One thing is sure - this French side will not stand back. Their coach has said, more than once, that the Springboks were too physical and athletic for them.

Expect a fightback - fire meeting fire, physical against physical. One just hopes that this potentially great conflict stays within the laws of the Game and its spirit - no repeat of 1961 and 1975.

Guy Novès is bound to have a plan.

The Springboks will surely not go planless into the fight.

If last week's win translates itself into confidence, they could produce an even better performance this week.

There we have it - the Springboks looking up, an intriguing match and excellent winter weather. Let's hope there will be more people than the 30 000 who inhabited Loftus Versfeld last week.

Players to Watch

For South Africa: Amongst the Springboks to watch are adventurous fullback Andries Coetzee, flyhalf Elton Jantjies who was splendid in skill and judgement in the first Test, and in the pack muscular Malcolm Marx with the surprising turn of speed and action man Franco Mostert. And all the rest.

For France: Scott Spedding of France via Krugersdorp and Johannesburg  is an exciting player of almost reckless courage. Watch the Top 14 and there is always a frisson of excitement in the crowd when the ball is kicked down on him, as his first option is to run with speed and power. Strong Virimi Vakatawa on the left wing and lively scrumhalf Baptiste Serin are both worth watching.

Head to Head: Front row versus front row - Tendai Mtawarira, Malcolm Marx and Frans Malherbe against Rabah Slimani, Guilhem Guirado and Jefferson Poirot. The Springboks had it fairly easy against relative novices last week. This week they are against smaller but much more experienced men. That could be an interesting battle. That is right up front. There will again be an interesting competition between those furthest back - rapier against broadsword, Andries Coetzee's against Scott Spedding, both seeking to set their sides attacking. If the ball gets to the wings in these days when centres play like wings of old, there is again an interesting match-up between strong, experienced Yoann Huget and will-o-the-wisp novice Courtnall Skosan. And all in all it will be Physicality versus Physicality. Will there be a team that wins that battle and forces the other onto the back foot? Eben Etzebeth of South Africa and Yoann Maestri are likely to be prominent in this collision.

Recent results:
2017: South Africa won 37-14, Pretoria
2013: South Africa won 19-10, Paris
2010: South Africa won 42-17, Cape Town
2009: France won 20-13, Toulouse
2006: France won 36-26, Cape Town
2005: France won 26-20, Paris
2005: South Africa and France drew 30-all, Durban
2005: South Africa won 27-13, Port Elizabeth
2002: France won 30-10, Marseille
2001: South Africa won 20-15, Durban

Prediction: If South Africa really have their feet in the ground, heads of usual size and location - neither swollen nor in the clouds - then the Springboks to win by 10 or more.

Teams
 
South Africa:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Francois Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (captain), 4  Romain Taofifenua, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Julien le Devedec, 20 Bernard le Roux, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Nans  

Date: Saturday, 17 June 2017
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.00 (17.00 French time; 15.00 GMT)
Expected weather: Sunny with a high of 25°C and a low of 13°C - great winter's weather
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees:  Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Angus Gardner (Australia)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

By Paul Dobson
@rugby365com

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Boks secure series victory against France

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:05

MATCH REPORT: The Springboks have secured a series victory against France after a 37-15 win at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

And still the Springboks did not yield.

They were warned the French would be more physical, and they were, but their zeal and energy waned as the Springboks refused to yield. In the second half they attacked the Springbok line for 12 minutes, 25 phases in one batch, 10 in another, and still the Springboks did not yield.

The Springboks were warned that this French team, bolstered by  first-choice players who had been allowed to rest in Pretoria and it made little difference to the Springboks. In Pretoria they won 37-14, four tries to two. This time they won 37-15, four tries to two.

They were called on to make 185 tackles and made 169 of them. The French had to make 72 tackles and missed 14 of them.

Clearly this Springboks team is not going to  be intimidated and is not going to yield. It deserves the respect of all opponents and the admiration of all spectators.

The Springboks are back.

The change is remarkable - same head coach, same player pool and a vastly changed approach. What is the reason(s) for the change? It's worth  examination.

The match started at a cracking place. The first stoppage after three minutes' play was a try, not a refereeing intervention.

From the start South Africa ran with a will. South Africa kicked off, France got the ball and François Trinh-Duc kicked  towards the touchline on his left. Andries Coetzee raced to catch the ball and kept on running in counterattack. A strong counter-ruck won France a turnover and they ran. Virimi Vakatawa beat Raymond Rhule and Malcolm Marx down the left and they went through phases and then went back left where Scott Spedding gave to Vakatawa who charged down the touchline. The big Fijian gave inside to new cap Damian Penaud and the willowy centre played inside  to Spedding who headed for the corner as Etzebeth tried to wrestle him into touch.

The TMO was able to tell the referee that by a hair's breadth Spedding had not been in touch and so the try stood. Scrumhalf Baptiste Serin converted from touch. 7-0 to France after 3 minutes.

After the kick-off Trinh-Duc was penalised for being offside and Elton Jantjies goaled. 7-3 after 5 minutes. That penalty was the referee's first intervention in the match.

From a Springbok line-out Raymond Rhule was put into a gap and raced swerving past a defender and the Springboks looked set to score but the opportunity was destroyed by a wayward pass that went into touch.

At this stage Oupa Mahoje was injured onto a tackle on Louis Picamoles and was taken off on a mobile stretcher, his place taken by Jean-Luc du POreez. Picamoles also left the field soon after, his place taken by Bernard le Roux of Moorreesburg.

From a line-out on their left, the Springboks went wide right with forwards and backs interpassing and then wide left where Siya Kolisi gave Jan Serfontein a pass with a clear run to the line. Jantjies converted,  and after 20 minutes the Springboks led 10-7, a lead they built on.

Jan Serfontein kicked a long way downfield and chased his kick. Trinh-Duc fielded the ball and tried to run but Serfontein tackled him. Tackled, Trinh-Duc tried to pass to his left but Siya Kolisi put out a hand and intercepted the low ball. The elegant flank then raced 40 metres to score under the posts. 17-7 after 26 minutes.

The Springboks mauled from a line-out and were going well. Guilhem Guirado was penalised for trying illegally to stop the match. Jantjies goaled 23-7 after 38 minuets, the half-time score with the French seemingly tamed.\\

The French returned to the fray with renewed energy and determination. This was the period of 12 minutes spent battering at the Springbok line.

They went through one sequence of 25 phases.
They had two five-metre scrums.
They went through a sequence of 10 phases.
They had a five-metre penalty.
They had a five-metre line-out.

They then had another five-metre penalty and tapped to go left, but Rhule intercepted.

The Springbok defence was magnificent - all of them. In this prolonged attack, Franco Mostert tackled 19 times, Frans Malherbe 13 times, Etzebeth and Serfointein 12 times each.

It was not completely over. When the Springboks were freekicked at a scrum five metres from the line, France opted for a scrum and Yacouba Camara gave to Penaud who dived for the line as Ross Cronje tackled him. This time the TMO detected a French foot in touch. The Springboks survived, though a penalty against Mostert for being offside gave Trinh-Duc the easiest of kicks. 23-10 after 58 minutes.

From now on changes happened till all the bench had a chance to play.

One of those who came on was Coenie Oosthuizen who scored the next try.

Marx and Whiteley had set the Springboks on the attack. They went far right and came back where Pieter-Steph du Toit gave Coenie a perfect pass. The burly prop had positioned himself opposite a gap and nobody in France could have stopped him as he scored near the posts. 30-10 after 69 minutes.

France won the ball from the kick-off and they went left. Lanky Penaud beat three defenders to score. 30-15 with 8 minutes to play.

A penalty to the Springboks gave them a five-metre line-out but Bongi Mbonambi threw over the line-out and France came away with the ball. Vakatawa had an open line in front of him but Rhule caught him from behind and tackled him into touch.

Just inside his half Kolisi took the ball off Yoann Maestri and ran away with it. With Spedding and Gaël Fickou bearing down on him as he crossed the French 22, he passed to Jantjies who had a clear run to the posts for his first try in Test rugby.

The win gave South Africa an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-Test series ahead of their final Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 24 June 2017.

Man of the Match: Jan Serfontein was a strong candidate and so was Jean-Luc du Preez but our choice is the flank who tackled his heart out, ran with effect, scored a try and made two tries - Siya Kolisi.

Moment of the Match: Those 12 minutes of Springbok defence in the second half, the rock that wrecked the French attack.

Villain of the Match: Nobody. It was a hard but clean and well-mannered match.

 

The scorers:

For South Africa:
Tries: Serfontein, Kolisi, Oosthuizen, Jantjies
Cons: Jantjies 4
Pens: Jantjies 3

For France:
Tries: Spedding, Penaud
Con: Serin
Pen: Trinh-Duc 

Teams
 
South Africa:
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Francois Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds.

France: 15 Scott Spedding, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Damian Penaud, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 François Trinh-Duc, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Kevin Gourdon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (captain), 4  Romain Taofifenua, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (captain), 1 Jefferson Poirot.
Replacements: 16 Clément Maynadier, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Uini Atonio, 19 Julien le Devedec, 20 Bernard le Roux, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Nans Ducuing.  

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Angus Gardner (Australia)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (England)

Photo by Wayne Seagreen

Jan Serfontein (19min), Siya Kolisi (25min), Coenie Oosthuizen (68min), and Elton Jantjies (78min)
TRIES
Scott Spedding (2min) and Damien Penaud (70min)
Elton Jantjies (20min), Elton Jantjies (26min), Elton Jantjies (69min), and Elton Jantjies (79min)
CONVERSIONS
Baptiste Serin (3min)
Elton Jantjies (5min), Elton Jantjies (30min), and Elton Jantjies (37min)
PENALTIES
Francois Trinh-Duc (63min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
 
 
VENUE Growthpoint KINGS PARK
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)