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  • Huget,
    Penalty goals: Doussain,
    Conversions: Parra,
10 - 19

South Africa

  • Pietersen,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (3), Lambie,
    Conversions: Steyn,
  • International Match
  • 23rd Nov 2013
  • KO 20:00
  • Ground: Stade de France, Paris
  • Att: 80,000

France v South Africa - Live

Last updated: 23rd November 2013  


80 Penalty to France at the scrum as the hosts look for something to take into the Six Nations. Fofana scrambling into the 22, but Bastareaud is held up on the far side and the Springboks have finally beaten France at the Stade de France. An unbeaten tour following wins over Wales and Scotland will all mean valuable experience for the Springboks ahead of the Rugby World Cup. A step forward for South Africa, as France finish 2013 with only two wins to their name. Goodnight from Paris.

80 Springboks now winding down the clock through multiple carries inside their own half. Kolisi involved as France frustratingly watch on, before winning a scrum for a knock on. No time left for the victory but perhaps some for a final flourish.

Penalty79 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE! 10-19: The replacement lands the three-pointer and that will secure victory for the Springboks and mean they finish their tour unbeaten.

78 Kolisi scrambles to win the lineout and then France are pinged for a needless offside at the ruck. Easy chance for Lambie to secure the win...

77 Wide ball from France but eventually forced into touch. Lineout is won back through by Les Bleus and the hosts put the hammer down. Strauss though is there to win the penalty at the breakdown at a crucial time right on the centre spot. Lambie kicks deep into the 22.

76 Du Toit penalised for a dangerous tackle on a slipping Dulin, momentum with the hosts. Botha replaced by Kolisi as Du Toit moves into the second row. Michalak on for Tales. Springbok lineout outside the French 22.

Penalty74 PENALTY, FRANCE, PARRA! 10-16: Resulting penalty converted by Parra and France draw within seven. Adriannse on for his debut.

Yellow Card73 YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, LOUW! Dusautoir momentarily off as France bring on an extra prop to cover Domingo's absence. Lambie on for Steyn at fly-half for SA. Soft knock on by Pape returns the ball SA's way, before play is stopped as Pape looks to have been struck in the face. Clumsy from Louw but the Springbok flanker goes straight to the bin for use of the arm. 14 v 14.

Alertness from Parra as he darts through a gap in the lineout. Momentum for the hosts and Habana goes off his feet for another penalty. Time off as the assistant referee spots a leading elbow, consulting the TMO. Penalty is reversed but Steyn misses touch. Huget makes a break but the bounce off his kick is cruel. Knocked on though so France have a scrum in the 22.

69 Powerful maul down the left touchline from the Springboks to just outside the French 22. Bastareaud with a good tackle on De Villiers as Fourie goes off his feet. French penalty.

Yellow Card67 YELLOW CARD, FRANCE, DOMINGO! Ruling is that Domingo tipped Habana beyond the horizontal and despite not driving him into the ground didn't bring Habana down safely, so the prop heads to the bin. Du Toit on for Alberts.

66 Dulin carries France over halfway. Lauret works hard to keep the ball in French hands but then the ball is lost and Steyn clears long. Fofana with a fine counter and then Tales tries to force a pass wide on the left and knocks on. Play stopped to review a questionable tackle on Du Plessis.

63 Springboks win a penalty at the maul and Steyn finds a decent enough touch outside the French 22. Botha winning the ball off the top as SA build the phases and try to suck in the defence. Back to Steyn for the drop goal, but the ball sails wide to the left. France to drop out.

62 Springboks clear through Le Roux and France start again from within their own half. Offload from Fofana to Guitoune but Habana shifts him out over the touchline. Stoppage in play as Huget is treated.

60 Pape charges down Pienaar's kick in a telegraphed move, but there's a minor knock on there and SA escape some real danger. Pinned back deep in their 22 though for the scrum.

Penalty58 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 7-16: Penalty for a late tackle on Steyn. The fly-half lines up a shot at goal to score the first points of the half and lands it.

56 Lambie replaces Le Roux who goes off with a nasty cut above his eye. Mas replaced by Slimani for France as the hosts set up a lineout inside the SA half. Ball won by the Boks and Pienaar's box kick is gathered and returned by Dulin into touch.

54 This ugly arm wrestle needs a breakthrough. France pinned back to their 22 and win the lineout. Parra's box kick is gathered by Le Roux who runs it back. Wide from SA to Fourie, building the phases now inside the French half. Penalty though to France at the breakdown - Lauret the man receiving the plaudits there.

53 High kick from Parra causes problems but Pape knocks on at the ruck after SA lost possession. Springbok scrum ten metres inside their own half. Tense affair but France remain in touch.

52 Free kick at the scrum to France, Pienaar pinged for an early put-in. Turned into a penalty due to the offence happening for the second time. France breath a huge sigh of relief as they clear to their ten-metre line.

51 Lineout stolen this time by Botha, Springboks just outside the French 22. Pienaar changes the direction of the play and Le Roux's kick trickles and bounces off a French player into the in-goal area where Louw pounces, but Huget gets the ball down just in time. Five-metre scrum to the Springboks.

50 Smooth lineout to Botha. Springboks make ground but then Habana is flung into touch by the physical French defence. Little daylight between the two sides.

49 Unclean ball at the lineout but Pienaar gets his kick away. Secured by France and Tales kicks high, well taken by Le Roux. Pienaar with the box kick once more, the ball ricocheting off Dulin's foot into touch. Scrappy opening.

47 Szarzewski on for Kayser to throw into the lineout in the SA 22 now. Taken by Chouly at the front but the maul only goes back initially. Strong carry from Fofana but again Louw is there over the ruck to win the penalty. SA clear.

45 Scrum penalty this time to France as Tales clears to halfway. France finally out of their half but Parra is driven back hard. Good counter-racking by Louw wins the ball, but the pass to Pietersen is too high from De Villiers and flies into touch. French lineout.

43 Ball comes back SA's way and Vermeulen burst away. Recycled and quick hands from de Villiers sends Fourie over for the try! Wayne Barnes checking a possible knock on from Steyn. TMO confirms the ball did go forward, so France have the scrum outside their 22.

41 Parra's kick doesn't quite earn the distance he wanted as SA take a lineout on the French 22. Won by Botha as Fourie crashes up, Louw driven back. Turned over by France after more great work by Dusautoir. French scrum.

40 Both teams back out for the second half with Steyn to get us underway. Can France come from behind to win? Let's get started.


TRY40 TRY, FRANCE, HUGET! 7-13: Straight from the restart, France hit right back. The ball comes loose at the ruck and Guitoune and Parra combine to put Huget in the corner, finishing with precision. Key score for the hosts to bring them right back into the game on the verge of half-time. Parra converts and that's the break, the Boks dominating most of the half before that crucial intervention at the death.

Penalty39 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 0-13: Stroked over by the Stade Francais number ten as the Boks build a comfortable lead.

37 Powerful SA maul with Du Plessis at the tail. Advantage being played as De Villiers crashes up. SA looking for more before half-time but advantage is over, Steyn lining up a kick at goal.

34 French pack driven backwards from the scrum but retaining possession. Persisting to play out wide but France continue to be isolated and again the Springboks win a breakdown penalty. A mexican wave after 35 minutes says plenty.

32 Penalty to France after a late hit, Tales finding touch deep in Springbok territory. Kayser charges over the 22, de Villiers nearly with a trademark interception but can't quite bring it in. French scrum just outside the SA 22.

30 Territory battle continues as the French crowd start to whistle. Tales kick is half charged down as it heads for the touchline, but play is stopped as Wayne Barnes consults his assistant referee.

28 Dulin carrying well for France as they turn over the ball outside the SA 22. Oosthuizen though working well at the breakdown to win the penalty. Steyn clears to touch over halfway but France look threatening in open play.

Penalty27 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 0-10: No problems with the turf for Steyn whose kick glides over to give the Springboks a healthy cushion.

25 Parra clears but SA come charging back through Le Roux's kick. Botha trying to maintain possession but that ball is lost forward for a French scrum. All the territory going SA's way and they then win a scrum penalty on Mtawarira's side. Steyn going for goal.

24 Lineout won by Van der Merwe. Le Roux nearly puts Habana away but the veteran winger can't quite reel in the pass. French scrum right on the far touchline outside their 22.

23 Springbok maul goes to ground and then the ball is turned brilliantly by France, Parra clearing with a box kick. Good clearance.

20 Poor kick from Pietersen hands Dulin a half-break as the full-back reaches halfway. Turned over by Louw and du Plessis, Le Roux kicking ahead and Fofana under pressure manages to put it into touch.

18 Slip at the back of SA lineout means the ball lands France's way, with Tales clearing deep. Up and under from Le Roux falls Parra's way. Coming back for a scrum off an SA hand to France on the far side.

16 Etzebeth replaced by Botha. Lineout won by Chouly and Parra box kicks. Cleared by Steyn to Huget whose pass to Dulin is awful, putting the full-back under pressure but somehow France recover. Parra sucked in so Maestri passes to Tales who clears to touch.

14 Parra tries a dink over the told but the bounce falls Pietersen's way - not for the first time - as the Boks recover and Pienaar kicks high. Guitoune runs the ball back well before France go wide but are shut down early by Fourie. Kicking from both teams ends with a good kick from Le Roux for a French lineout back in their half.

13 Solid scrum from the Springboks and Pienaar's kick wins important territory back down in the French half.

12 Tales' high kick causes problems for Le Roux but the ball goes forward off a French hand. Another scrum back on the spot of the previous series.

10 Turf gives way under Parra's boot as he goes to strike and a simple penalty turns into a miss. Shocking state of the turf so early on.

8 Chouly with a one-handed pick up from the base. France building phases outside the SA 22, making little ground. Fofana skipping his way up the middle as the phases mount and then France win a penalty, Louw penalised for not rolling away. Kickable.

6 Scrum reversed France's way as we go through a series of resets. France looking for a foothold after that early shock when Parra was charged down. Wayne Barnes checks one side, and now the other as we reset for a fourth time.

5 Ball off the top as Fofana carries up. Ball disappears into the tackle as SA hold the ball up through du Plessis and Oosthuizen - Springbok scrum on their 22.

3 Steyn clears to touch following the restart for a French lineout well in the SA half.

TRY2 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 0-7: Mixed kick from both teams as Chouly concedes a penalty, Steyn kicking to touch but not finding it in the French 22. Parra looking to clear and Pietersen chases it down and scores! Sharp work from Pietersen to pounce there and give the Springboks the perfect start. Steyn converts.

0 Formal proceedings drawn to a close, it's to get this potentially explosive encounter underway. Tales to kick off for France - here we go!

0 A clear, dry but chilly night in Paris should ensure plenty of running rugby. We're ready for the anthems.

0 France and South Africa walk out side by side at a venue where the Springboks have never beaten Les Bleus.

0 South Africa have made six changes to their starting XV, with Morné Steyn back at fly-half. Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth and Steyn all return to the starting line-up after last weekend's 28-0 win over Scotland in Edinburgh. After an impressive performance against Scotland, Coenie Oosthuizen will be in the starting line-up for the first time after 13 appearances off the bench. He takes over at tighthead prop from the injured Frans Malherbe, with the uncapped Lourens Adriaanse coming onto the bench.

0 France have named their team to face South Africa on Saturday with just one change made to the starting XV that played the All Blacks a fortnight ago. For the first time, coach Philippe Saint-André has retained his half-back pairing for three consecutive Tests as Rémi Talès and Morgan Parra continue to lead the French attack. There are however a number of changes to the bench with prop Thomas Domingo, loose forward Yannick Nyanga, playmaker Frédéric Michalak and big centre Mathieu Bastareaud added. There is also a start for lock Yoann Maestri, despite him having been sent off for fighting against Tonga.

0 Hello and welcome to Paris as South Africa finish off their year by taking on France.

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