Rugby | LIVE: France 23-22 Springboks

  • 67′

    The TMO will have a look at this for a high tackle. We are close to the halfway line and this remains a 1 point game.

  • 65′

    South Africa are starting to play better, as we go towards the end of the game and we are in the final 15 minutes.

  • 63′

    Good run by Marx after the linebreak and he makes some quality good ground for the visitors.

  • 62′

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 23-22: This is setting up to be an exciting game here. Pollard slots the ball in for a penalty goal and France lead by only one point.

  • 61′

    Plenty of changes in the front row as we get ready for a scrum. De Allende is held up after the scrum and then Pollard carries the ball. South Africa win a penalty against France for a high tackle.

  • 58′

    After the scrum, France go for the maul and they are gaining some ground. South Africa are trying to keep them in check.

  • 56′

    We are going towards the final quarter of the game and South Africa will have to attack more and try and avoid errors if they want to win.

  • 53′

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 23-19: Pollard slots in the penalty goal perfectly and the deficit comes down to 4 points.

  • 52′

    South Africa win a penalty from the breakdown and Pollard will look to kick this.

  • 51′

    A box kick from De Klerk and then France kick the ball back to Le Roux who kicks it into touch.

  • 49′

    Serin lines up the penalty kick but he drives the ball wide of the uprights. First miss of the evening and that is an important miss in the context of the game. Snyman comes on.

  • 46′

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 23-16: Pollard slots in the conversion and they add on the extras to bring the deficit to 7 points.

  • 45′

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, NKOSI! 23-14: South Africa respond straight from the restart. They tackle the catcher and then Nkosi takes the ball over the line to score the first try for the Springboks.

  • 44′

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, SERIN! 23-9: Serin makes no mistake to convert the try and he will add on the extras.

  • 42′

    TRY, FRANCE, BASTAREAUD! 21-9: Bastareaud takes the ball over the line after a strong surge of power from France and this is a big moment in the game. France score their second try.

  • 41′

    The second half begins. Lopez starts things off.

  • 40′

    CONVERSION, FRANCE, SERIN! 16-9: Serin with a good conversion kick to push their lead to 7 points. South Africa need to play better if they want to win this.

  • 40′

    HALF-TIME: FRANCE 16-9 SOUTH AFRICA. Just the one try from France and they hold the 7 point lead after the first half. South Africa will have to play better to make a game out of this.

  • 39′

    TRY, FRANCE, GUIRADO! 14-9: Guirado makes the most of a small gap in the defence and he takes the ball all the way to score the try. Brilliant first try of this game.

  • 37′

    Thomas puts in a brilliant run through the defence and he tries to go all the way but the Springboks stop him. Le Roux with a good tackle.

  • 36′

    DROP GOAL, FRANCE, LOPEZ! 9-9: France were building well and then they just go for the drop goal and Lopez gets a difficult kick right.

  • 35′

    France have a lineout just 10m out and they go for the maul but South Africa manage to scramble it.

  • 33′

    France attack again as they carry the ball well and put the visitors under pressure. Dyantyi takes the ball over the touch line and this could be a big moment in the game.

  • 31′

    We are in the final 10 minutes of the first half and Faf de Klerk clears it towards the halfway line.

  • 29′

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-9: Pollard is kicking well today and South Africa take the advantage for the first time in the game.

  • 27′

    Another penalty to France and they are doing well to keep kicking and chasing the ball.

  • 24′

    A couple of kicks back and forth and the score remains at 6-6. Pollard returns the kick and then France kick the ball back.

  • 22′

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-6: Pollard kicks the long kick really well and that is a brilliant penalty goal to South Africa. The score is 6-6.

  • 21′

    After the first 20 minutes of the game France are looking like the better team. South African need to play better and defend well.

  • 21′

    First scrum of the game and Faf de Klerk has the feed. A penalty from the scrum and Pollard will look to kick this. It is a long one.

  • 18′

    France win a penalty but it is just too far to kick it so Lopez will kick it to the corner for a lineout.

  • 18′

    Springboks will consider themselves lucky here. They were under pressure and and France almost score the try but the player did not have downward pressure on the ball.

  • 17′

    A bit of scrappy play in the middle and then South Africa win the ball again but they kick it high and give away the possession.

  • 14′

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 6-3: Pollard makes no mistake with the penalty and opens the scoring for the Springboks.

  • 12′

    South Africa were playing under a penalty advantage so they will come back to take the penalty. South Africa will look to kick this.

  • 11′

    PENALTY, FRANCE, SERIN! 6-0: Serin makes no mistake and once again the flags are raised. France lead by 6 points.

  • 10′

    Another offside penalty goes France’s way and they will look to kick this too.

  • 7′

    PENALTY, FRANCE, SERIN! 3-0: Serin makes no mistake with the penalty and opens the scoring for France. The hosts take the lead.

  • 5′

    France kick the ball to the left wing and the they almost score a try but the ball goes into touch and that will be a lineout to the Springboks on their 5m line.

  • 4′

    A penalty to France and they look to attack with the ball.

  • 3′

    A couple of lineouts for the Springboks and they gain a lot of territory. Good pressure from the Springboks.

  • 1′

    Kick-off! The first half begins. Pollard kicks us off.

  • 0′

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Test between France and South Africa from Stade de France in Paris.

  • 0′

    France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Damian Penaud, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Jefferson Poirot

  • 0′

    South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

  • 0′

    Nigel Owens is the referee today with Matthew Carley and Tom Foley assisting him. Rowan Kitt is the TMO.

  • 0′

    The last time France won against South Africa was back in 2009 in Toulouse.

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