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It's all over! The referee has blown their whistle to end the game.

80'

This is dangerous for the defence as Damian Penaud bursts through to advance the France attack.

79'

This is dangerous for the defence as Louis Bielle-Biarrey bursts through to advance the France attack.

78'

South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Pieter-Steph du Toit getting some game time.

74'

South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Bongi Mbonambi being replaced.

74'

Cheslin Kolbe looks to land a drop goal, but it misses sailing past the left handside of the posts.

73'

France decide to make a substitution, with Yoram Moefana getting some game time.

72'

France decide to make a substitution, with Matthieu Jalibert being replaced.

72'
Penalty Goal

Thomas Ramos has kicked a penalty goal.

72'

A gap opened in the defence and Matthieu Jalibert took full advantage.

70'
Penalty Goal

The South Africa supporters go wild as Handre Pollard successfully kicks the penalty goal.

68'

France make a substitution with Sekou Macalou coming on.

68'

France make a substitution with Gregory Alldritt coming off.

68'
Conversion

The South Africa supporters go wild as Handre Pollard successfully kicks the conversion.

66'
Try

South Africa are only a few metres out, surely they must score! And they do with Eben Etzebeth touching down.

66'

Faf de Klerk sets up the try.

66'

The defensive line has been broken as Handre Pollard goes through the gap.

64'

France sub Pierre Bourgarit comes onto the field.

63'

Peato Mauvaka departs for France.

63'

South Africa sub Vincent Koch comes onto the field.

62'

Frans Malherbe departs for South Africa.

62'

The defensive line has been broken as Louis Bielle-Biarrey goes through the gap.

61'

South Africa sub Duane Vermeulen comes onto the field.

60'

Pieter-Steph du Toit departs for South Africa.

60'

Dorian Aldegheri comes on for France.

57'

Uini Atonio leaves the field.

57'

What a run here by Cheslin Kolbe as they get over the gainline!

57'
Penalty Goal

Thomas Ramos does the business as their penalty goal attempt goes over.

53'

Francois Cros comes on.

50'

Anthony Jelonch comes off.

50'

Willie Le Roux comes on.

50'

Damian Willemse comes off.

50'

Kwagga Smith comes on.

50'

Duane Vermeulen comes off.

50'

Ox Nche comes on.

50'

Steven Kitshoff comes off.

50'

France decide to make a substitution, with Romain Taofifenua getting some game time.

49'

France decide to make a substitution, with Thibaud Flament being replaced.

49'

France decide to make a substitution, with Reda Wardi getting some game time.

49'

France decide to make a substitution, with Cyril Baille being replaced.

49'

Charles Ollivon makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.

47'

South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Deon Fourie getting some game time.

45'

South Africa decide to make a substitution, with Siya Kolisi being replaced.

45'

Antoine Dupont makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with Faf de Klerk coming on.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with Cobus Reinach coming off.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with RG Snyman coming on.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with Franco Mostert coming off.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with Handre Pollard coming on.

44'

South Africa make a substitution with Manie Libbok coming off.

44'

Peato Mauvaka makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.

42'

The second half kicks off.

40'

The half-time whistle blows and both teams head for the dressing rooms.

40'
Penalty Goal

Thomas Ramos kicks the penalty.

40'
Yellow Card

Eben Etzebeth (South Africa) is shown a yellow card

39'

Trouble here as Pieter-Steph du Toit breaches the defence.

33'
Conversion

Thomas Ramos does the business as their conversion attempt goes over.

31'
Try

The pressure has finally told as Cyril Baille scores from close range.

30'

Trouble here as Damian Penaud breaches the defence.

28'
Conversion

Manie Libbok makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.

27'
Try

Cheslin Kolbe gathers the kick to score the try for South Africa.

25'

Trouble here as Cheslin Kolbe breaches the defence.

25'

Jesse Kriel played a key part in that try.

25'

Thomas Ramos steps up to take the conversion and its on its way…but no its been charged down!!! What an effort by the opposition.

22'
Try

France are stopped just a few metres from the try line but Peato Mauvaka picks up from the base of the ruck to score the try.

21'

That's a great try assist by Antoine Dupont.

21'

Manie Libbok curls the ball too far, missing the posts to the right.

19'
Try

South Africa are stopped just a few metres from the try line but Damian de Allende picks up from the base of the ruck to score the try.

17'

Cobus Reinach sets up the try.

17'

This is dangerous for the defence as Damian de Allende bursts through to advance the South Africa attack.

17'

There wasn't enough power on that penalty goal attempt by Thomas Ramos as it drops short of the posts.

15'

A gap opened in the defence and Gregory Alldritt took full advantage.

10'
Conversion

Manie Libbok has kicked a conversion.

9'
Try

A stunning solo try from Kurt-Lee Arendse

7'

The defensive line has been broken as Kurt-Lee Arendse goes through the gap.

7'

The defensive line has been broken as Gael Fickou goes through the gap.

5'

The defensive line has been broken as Peato Mauvaka goes through the gap.

5'
Conversion

Thomas Ramos has kicked a conversion.

4'
Try

Great hands by France leads to a try for Cyril Baille

3'

The defensive line has been broken as Cyril Baille goes through the gap.

3'

Damian Penaud sets up the try.

3'

The defensive line has been broken as Matthieu Jalibert goes through the gap.

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We are underway as the referee blows their whistle.

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Match Details

France v South Africa

Rugby World Cup - Quarter Final
Sun 15th October 2023, 03:00pm
Stade de France

Points Flow Chart

South Africa win +1
France
South Africa
France
Time in lead
South Africa
32
Mins in lead
25
40%
% Of Game In Lead
31%
56%
Possession Last 10 min
44%
3
Points Last 10 min
0

Key Events

Full Time
Ramos
28 - 29
72'
Pollard
68'
25 - 29
Pollard
66'
25 - 26
Etzebeth
66'
25 - 24
Ramos
25 - 19
53'
Half Time
Ramos
22 - 19
40'
Etzebeth
39'
19 - 19
Ramos
19 - 19
31'
Baille
17 - 19
30'
Libbok
27'
12 - 19
Kolbe
25'
12 - 17
Mauvaka
12 - 12
21'
de Allende
17'
7 - 12
Libbok
9'
7 - 7
Arendse
7'
7 - 5
Ramos
7 - 0
4'
Baille
5 - 0
3'
Start

Win Probability

France
56%
Draw
1%
South Africa
43%
Start of Possession Passages by Kurt-Lee Arendse

Momentum

0'
HT
FT
France
South Africa

22m Entries

Avg. Points Scored
2
11
Entries
Avg. Points Scored
3.2
8
Entries

Attack Profile

France
South Africa
More Less More

Defence Profile

France
South Africa
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Ruck Speed

0-3 secs
47%
41%
3-6 secs
33%
35%
6+ secs
15%
22%
103
Rucks Won
56

Last 5 Penalties

55'
58'
64'
67'
70'
France
South Africa

Other Fixtures

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Who Will Win?

Two giants of rugby are set to collide this weekend when France take on South Africa at the Stade de France.

Although home heroes France will enter the encounter as slight favourites, this game really is a coin toss. After all, so many unanswered questions remain, such as: how will South Africa react to their defeat against Ireland earlier in the competition? Can Antoine Dupont perform at his best given his injury? How will South Africa’s sheer power matchup with the creativity and flair of the French?

All the pundits have their own view, but what’s yours? Vote in our poll and let us know how you think France vs South Africa will go.

Head-to-Head

South Africa have won four out of their last five meetings with France. However, this France team has been on another level over the past 24 months and has gradually been building to this day: a home knockout game at the Rugby World Cup.

As a result, even though the Springboks may have the psychological advantage in terms of past encounters, Les Bleus will fancy their chances in front of their home fans.

Team Form

Both France and South Africa enter this clash in fine form. Although South Africa lost against Ireland in Pool B, they’ve defeated England, Wales, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand in the last year. They’ve also dealt out some very harsh rugby lessons to Tonga and Romania at the Rugby World Cup.

France, meanwhile, are one of the most in-form sides in the world. They beat the All Blacks in the opening match of the tournament and they went through Pool A unbeaten.

Here you’ll find all the stats about the last five games each team has played, including the number of tries each team has scored, their overall points difference and the number of times they’ve scored the first try.

Player Head-to-Head

A game as big as this is often decided by one moment of individual brilliance. With this in mind, we’ve provided an overview of how Thomas Ramos and Elton Jantjies have performed in recent France vs South Africa games.

Other Fixtures

Many would argue that France vs South Africa is the highlight of the rugby calendar this weekend. However, three other Rugby World Cup quarter-finals are also taking place. Check out the latest fixtures and results.

France vs South Africa 2023: Detailed Match Preview

On Sunday 15th October, 2023, France will face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals at the Stade de France in Paris.

This is one of the most hotly anticipated games in recent memory, and both teams will be desperate to avoid exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage. Although France will be favourites (only just), Rassie Erasmus will undoubtedly have a few tricks up his sleeve, and the Springboks will be hoping that their power is too much for the French front row to handle.

Meanwhile, France will be disappointed that they’re not at full strength for the game, given their injury list. However, they will be bolstered by the return of star man Antoine Dupont, who many thought would miss this game with a fractured cheekbone.

Whoever wins this game will fancy going all the way - we can’t wait to see how the action unfolds.

When was the first France vs South Africa game? When was the first France vs South Africa game?

The first France vs South Africa game took place in 1913 in Bordeaux. South Africa won this game 38-5.

Have France ever played against South Africa at the Rugby World Cup? Have France ever played against South Africa at the Rugby World Cup?

Yes. South Africa and France have faced each other at the Rugby World Cup once before. In the semi-final of the 1995 competition, South Africa ran out 19-15 winners.

Have France ever beaten South Africa? Have France ever beaten South Africa?

Yes. France have faced South Africa 45 times since 1913. South Africa have won 27 of these encounters, while France have won 12. A further six matches have ended in a draw.

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