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France vs South Africa Watch Live

France
17
South Africa
18
18 November 2017, 3:00pm
Stade de France
Capacity: NA
Referee: Nigel Owens
France
17
South Africa
18
Key Moments
  • FT
  • ConversionAnthony Belleau
    76'
  • TRY!Baptiste Serin
    75'
  • ConversionHandre Pollard
    62'
  • TRY!Jesse Kriel
    61'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    58'
  • Yellow CardBaptiste Serin
    57'
  • Penalty GoalAnthony Belleau
    47'
  • HT
  • ConversionAnthony Belleau
    27'
  • TRY!Anthony Belleau
    26'
  • Penalty GoalHandre Pollard
    17'
  • TRY!Dillyn Leyds
    6'
  • KO
MATCH STATS
PLAYER STATS
  • 48%
    POSSESSION
    52%
  • 2
    TRIES
    2
  • 525
    METRES
    434
  • 55
    CARRIES
    52
  • 30
    DEFENDERS BEATEN
    26
  • 9
    CLEAN BREAKS
    7
  • 206
    PASSES
    205
  • 18
    OFFLOADS
    11
  • 18
    TURNOVERS CONCEDED
    7
  • 9
    TURNOVERS WON
    7
  • 172
    TACKLES
    162
  • 26
    MISSED TACKLES
    30
Full Match Stats
France T C P
1 Jefferson Poirot 0 0 0
2 Guilhem Guirado 0 0 0
3 Rabah Slimani 0 0 0
4 Sebastien Vahaamahina 0 0 0
5 Paul Gabrillagues 0 0 0
6 Judicael Cancoriet 0 0 0
7 Kevin Gourdon 0 0 0
8 Louis Picamoles 0 0 0
9 Antoine Dupont 0 0 0
10 Anthony Belleau 1 2 1
11 Yoann Huget 0 0 0
12 Geoffrey Doumayrou 0 0 0
13 Mathieu Bastareaud 0 0 0
14 Teddy Thomas 0 0 0
15 Nans Ducuing 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Clement Maynadier 0 0 0
17 Sebastien Taofifenua 0 0 0
18 Daniel Kotze 0 0 0
19 Paul Jedrasiak 0 0 0
20 Anthony Jelonch 0 0 0
21 Baptiste Serin 1 0 0
22 Francois Trinh-Duc 0 0 0
23 Damian Penaud 0 0 0
South Africa T C P
1 Tendai Mtawarira 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Wilco Louw 0 0 0
4 Eben Etzebeth 0 0 0
5 Lodewyk De Jager 0 0 0
6 Francois Louw 0 0 0
7 Siya Kolisi 0 0 0
8 Duane Vermeulen 0 0 0
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
10 Handre Pollard 0 1 2
11 Courtnall Skosan 0 0 0
12 Francois Venter 0 0 0
13 Jesse Kriel 1 0 0
14 Dillyn Leyds 1 0 0
15 Andries Coetzee 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Mbongeni Mbonami 0 0 0
17 Steven Kitshoff 0 0 0
18 Trevor Nyakane 0 0 0
19 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
20 Daniel du Preez 0 0 0
21 Rudy Paige 0 0 0
22 Elton Jantjies 0 0 0
23 Damian de Allende 0 0 0
Full Player Stats
  • COMMENTARY
  • SOCIAL
  • Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
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  • South Africa claim a vital win to stop their recent run of poor results. Their winless run ends at five matches as the Springboks hold out to claim the one-point victory. Tries from Dillyn Leyds and Jesse Kriel got them over the line, while Handre Pollard did enough in the kicking game, despite having his fare share of misses this evening. Les Bleus pushed last through a Baptiste Serin score, but it was not good enough in the end.
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  • FULL-TIME: FRANCE 17-18 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • Excellent work by the South Africa forwards secures the win as the referee blows the final whistle.
    80''
  • The Springboks are doing great work with their forwards in France territory and should be able to see out the match.
    80''
  • South Africa gather and are able to string a series of passes together. Can France force the mistake to keep themselves alive in the match?
    79''
  • France close within a point as Belleau sends his effort through the posts. The restart will be crucial in deciding the contest.
    78''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! FRANCE 17-18 SOUTH AFRICA (Belleau)
    78''
  • France are back in the game as Ducuing continued the assault, but was held short of the line. Serin took over one metre out and faked the offload to the right before diving in for the score.
    77''
  • TRY! FRANCE 15-18 SOUTH AFRICA (Serin)
    77''
  • Picamoles makes a break and completes the offload to Penaud. The centre gets forward and makes the pass before he gets tackles to Cancoriet five metres out.
    76''
  • Huget collects on the angle and makes progress into the 22 to open up space for the home side.
    76''
  • Les Bleus are probing for space on the edge of the 22, but the Springboks are holding firm for now.
    75''
  • Du Preez replaces Kolisi and Nyakane comes on for Louw for the visitors.
    74''
  • NO! Belleau sends his effort wide of the posts and he vents his frustration on his kicking tee, discarding it back to the sideline.
    73''
  • A penalty allows Les Bleus to close with five points. Can Belleau make the kick?
    72''
  • Thomas and Serin drive into South Africa territory, but the home side are prevented from making ground towards the 22 by strong tacking.
    71''
  • France need to act to keep themselves in the game. They cannot afford to allow the Springboks to take time off the clock.
    70''
  • Poor from Les Bleus as they lose the battle in the breakdown from the lineout. Strong play from Marx and De Jager ensures that the Springboks can clear their lines.
    69''
  • Bastereaud makes way for Penaud for the home side.
    68''
  • South Africa's discipline is starting to fade as they give away another penalty and Belleau kicks deep. Serin also returns to the field after serving his time in the bin.
    68''
  • However, France waste the lineout in excellent territory as the throw from Guirado goes straight through Jedrasiak's hands. South Africa gather the loose ball and clear their lines.
    66''
  • Belleau sends a great kick deep into South Africa after Vahaamahina battled at the break down to win a penalty for the home side.
    65''
  • Mostert replaces Etzebeth for the visitors.
    63''
  • Pollard sends the extras through the posts and the Springboks have a two-score lead.
    63''
  • CONVERSION! FRANCE 10-18 SOUTH AFRICA (Pollard)
    63''
  • Kriel's try stands as the tackle from Doumayrou knocked the ball out of Etzebeth's hands. Kriel gathered and touched down on the line to secure the score.
    62''
  • TRY! FRANCE 10-16 FRANCE (Kriel)
    62''
  • TMO! South Africa press for the line and Etzebeth offloads, but it's not clean to Kriel. The centre still touches down, but the referee wants to have a replay to confirm whether the ball went forward from Etzebeth's pass.
    62''
  • Marx breaks over the gainline and charges inside the five-yard line before he gets brought down by two tacklers. The Springboks are knocking on the door.
    61''
  • South Africa regain the lead as Pollard ends his run of misses, sending his close-range effort through the posts.
    59''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 10-11 SOUTH AFRICA (Pollard)
    59''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD! Serin goes into the sin bin after the referee confirms that he pulled back Marx. Fortunately for the home side they are not penalised further with a penalty try.
    58''
  • Kriel makes a move in the 22 and surges forward to put the home side under pressure. He goes for the offload to Marx, but the hooker gets pulled back by Serin.
    58''
  • Venter makes a promising run through the middle of the France defence, but they just managed to hold the Springboks on the edge of the 22.
    57''
  • Serin replaces Dupont at scrum-half for the home side.
    56''
  • MISS! It's not Pollard's night as this time he pulls his kick wide of the left post.
    55''
  • France are penalised at the breakdown and Pollard goes for the posts again.
    55''
  • Pollard sends the ball behind Thomas down the left flank with a low kick, but the winger recovers well to get there ahead Skosan.
    54''
  • Mtawarira makes way for Kitshoff for the vistors, while Jelonch replaces Gourdon for the home side.
    52''
  • South Africa enjoy their first spell of ball-in-hand of the second half, but Coetzee runs out of space on the right flank and is forced out.
    51''
  • Les Bleus continue to dominate at the breakdown and win a penalty at the half-way line as Leyds holds on to the ball under pressure.
    49''
  • Belleau sends his effort through the posts and France have the lead for the first time in the game.
    48''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 10-8 SOUTH AFRICA (Belleau)
    48''
  • Kolisi catches Dupont around the neck and it hands France a penalty within kicking distance.
    47''
  • Picamoles goes for the carry to take his side back into the 22 and he makes progress, but he cannot get the offload to sustain the break.
    46''
  • Quick hands allows Les Bleus to make a surge into the South Africa 22, but Cancoriet gets held up as he attempts to drive inside the five-metre line.
    45''
  • From the resulting scrum South Africa are penalised again and Belleau gets the opportunity to send the ball downfield.
    44''
  • De Jager collects from the lineout, but Les Bleus hold the maul and get the scrum in their favour by putting pressing on the Springboks.
    43''
  • South Africa win an early penalty and kick inside the 22 rather than going for the posts. A sign of a lack of confidence in Pollard's kicking.
    42''
  • We're back underway in Paris.
    41''
  • The players are back out for the second half. So we should be underway shortly.
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  • Only one point separates the two sides at the interval, although South Africa will feel that they should be further ahead. Handre Pollard has missed two penalties and a conversion that could have put his side eight points further ahead. Dillyn Leyds' try put the Springboks in the lead, only for Anthony Belleau to respond with his first international try. There's not much between the teams - the match is well in the balance.
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  • HALF-TIME: FRANCE 7-8 SOUTH AFRICA
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  • MISS! Pollard misses again as he pushes the ball to the right. It had the distance, but his accuracy lets him down. The miss ends the half.
    40'''
  • Another lack of discipline hands the visitors another crack at the posts. This is in a central position for Pollard, but it does have to travel 50 metres.
    40''
  • MISS! Pollard spurns the opportunity to extend his side's lead as he sends his kick wide of the post. That could be a costly miss.
    38''
  • Frustration for France as they lose their discipline and hand Pollard a chance to go for the posts to extend the Springboks' lead. Jedrasiak is the man penalised for the home side.
    37''
  • Vermeulen carries the ball forward, only to get isolated and it allows Les Bleus to get the turnover. South Africa have lost their rhythm in attack.
    35''
  • Leyds makes a crucial grab at the back from Belleau's grubber kick, sliding to get there on the deck ahead of Huget.
    34''
  • South Africa clear their lines, but France put the pressure right back on the visitors from the lineout. Bastereaud and Cancoriet make dangerous runs, but the line holds in defence.
    33''
  • MISS! Belleau goes for the posts, but he sends his effort wide of the left upright.
    32''
  • France are edging the battle at the breakdown now and they turnover the Springboks to win a penalty. Belleau will go for the posts from 40 metres.
    31''
  • Dangerous again by Thomas as he raids down the right flank, but just loses his balance at the crucial moment. France keep the attack alive by spreading the ball to the left.
    30''
  • Belleau converts his own try and gets his side back into the contest.
    29''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! FRANCE 7-8 SOUTH AFRICA (Belleau)
    29''
  • Dupont's up and under causes havoc in the South Africa defence and it allows France to spread the ball wide. Thomas makes a surging run into the 22 and he gets the offload to Belleau. The fly-half makes a man miss before he races over the line to score his first international try.
    27''
  • Try
    TRY! FRANCE 5-8 SOUTH AFRICA (Belleau)
    27''
  • Poirot collects an offload and pushes into the South Africa line, but he gets isolated and the visitors are able to turn the ball over at midfield.
    25''
  • Skosan goes for a kick downfield, but he does not have the support of his team-mates, allowing Thomas to touch the ball down for a 22 drop out.
    24''
  • Other than their early forray into the South Africa half, Les Bleus have not been able to lay a glove on the Springboks. That needs to change for the home side to get back into the contest.
    23''
  • A handling error from Bastereaud stops a move down the left for the home side as he fails to snag Dupont's quick offload.
    21''
  • Cancoriet wins the ball on the ground for France and they push the Springboks back, but cannot regain possession.
    20''
  • Pollard sends his team into the France 22 and it's another attacking platform for the Springboks to launch an assault on Les Bleus' line.
    19''
  • South Africa put the pressure on the home side at the restart and foce the penalty from Ducuing as he holds on to the ball in the ruck.
    19''
  • Pollard sends his kick through the posts and the visitors take a healthy lead in the contest.
    18''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOOD! FRANCE 0-8 SOUTH AFRICA (Pollard)
    18''
  • South Africa will go through the posts as Pollard stands over the ball.
    17''
  • Doumayrou commits a high tackle and gives away a penalty to the visitors after launching himself at Venter.
    16''
  • Kriel goes on the surge down the left flank, but he gets bundled of touch by Thomas and Bastareaud before he can threaten.
    15''
  • It has not been a clean game thus far; both sides are making a number of handling errors. The Springboks are trying to press the territorial advantage.
    13''
  • Better from France as they force the green shirts back with strong defensive work on the edge of their 22. Gourdon was a central figure in their hold.
    11''
  • The Springboks have found their rhythm and are beginning to force mistakes from France. A handling error at the lineout from Les Bleus gifts the visitors an attacking scrum.
    10''
  • Pollard goes to kick the extras from the right wing, but he misses with his effort.
    9''
  • Leyds collects the offload from Cronje and he powers through the tackle of Dupont to touch down over the line for the score. A fine effort from the South Africa winger.
    7''
  • Try
    TRY! FRANCE 0-5 SOUTH AFRICA (Leyds)
    7''
  • France up the ante and make the surge forward through the French line with Skoskan making the break. The green shirts are pouring forward in support.
    6''
  • Gabrillagues has been forced to make way in the early stages as Jedrasiak replaces the lock.
    5''
  • France have had all the play thus far in the contest, but it has been a stop-start affair.
    5''
  • A kick forward from Belleau puts Leyds under pressure at the back, but he copes with the danger and is able to clear his lines ahead of Thomas.
    4''
  • Les Bleus lose their momentum in the final third and the visitors get the turnover. Excellent defensive work from the Springboks at the breakdown.
    3''
  • France make progress into the South Africa 22 through surges from Ducuing and Vahaamahina.
    2''
  • We're underway in Paris.
    1''
  • STAT ATTACK! The Springboks have failed to win in five games. Only twice before - and never in the professional era - have they gone six games without a victory.
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  • STAT ATTACK! Les Bleus have won four of their last five home games against the Springboks, the exception being the most recent such clash in 2013.
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  • STAT ATTACK! South Africa won all three of the meetings between the sides during the summer.
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  • The Springboks have made four changes to their side that was hammered by Ireland. Duane Vermeulen, Handre Pollard, Wilco Louw and Francois Venter come into the team, with  Pieter-Steph du Toit and Coenie Oosthuizen sidelined due to injury.
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  • France have named the same team that was beaten by New Zealand last week as Les Bleus keep faith with their youthful line-up, including fly-half Anthony Belleau.
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  • France replacements: Mbonami, Kitshoff, Nyakane, Mostert, Du Preez, Paige, Jantjies, De Allende.
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  • SOUTH AFRICA: Coetzee, Leyds, Kriel, Venter, Skosan, Pollard, Cronje; Mtawarira, Marx, Wilco Louw, Etzebeth, De Jager, Francois Louw, Kolisi, Vermeulen. 
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  • France replacements: Maynadier, Taofifenua, Kotze, Jedrasiak, Jelonch, Serin, Trinh-Duc, Penaud.
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  • FRANCE: Ducuing, Thomas, Bastereaud, Doumayrou, Huget, Belleau, Dupont; Poirot, Guirado, Slimani, Vahaamahina, Gabrillagues, Cancoriet, Gourdon, Picamoles.
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  • Let's take a look at the two teams for this afternoon's contest.
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  • South Africa were hammered by Ireland last week and are in dire need of a response this evening. South African rugby has been a downward trend over the past year and coach Allister Coetzee is reaching desperation stakes as pressure on his position grows. They have fond memories of the Stade de France having triumphed in the 2007 World Cup in the stadium. 
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  • France put forward a decent performance last week against New Zealand. After being put on the back foot by the All Blacks in the second half, they fought back and put their opponents under pressure. Only a late score from Waisake Naholo made the scoreline unflattering on Les Bleus, but there was plenty to build on their performance.
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  • Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Autumn International clash between France and South Africa at the Stade de France.
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