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  1. South Africa v France: LIVE

    South Africa v France: LIVE

    Follow LIVE text commentary as world champions South Africa take on Six Nations victors France. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • South Africa
    • France
    • FT Habana puts the ball out of play and South Africa register their first win over France in five years - and what a win it was. Superb performance from the world champions.
    • 80+1' The clock ticks over to 80 minutes and South Africa have one last line-out deep in French territory.
    • 78' Beautiful link-up play between Guiado and Andreu and the wing goes over! Try to France, but it's too little, too late.
    • 76' Pienaar kicks the conversion and South Africa have given France a hammering.
    • 76' South Africa started the match in style and will finish in the same fashion! The hosts retain the line-out and Louw scores his first test try.
    • 75' Yachvili, warned against doing it two minutes ago, is yellow carded for throwing the ball away.
    • 73' The French continue to opt for the scrum on the penalty as they search for a late try.
    • 72' Clerc steps a tackle and attempts to beat another but is brought down as South Africa thwart an attack wide left.
    • 70' Van der Merwe, on his test debut, is sin-binned for a cynical foul - swiping the ball out of the hands - on Yachvili.
    • 69' France will need to avoid giving away the scrum as South Africa have absolutely dominated in that department today, like they have every other.
    • 68' The match has petered out a little with neither side able to penetrate decisively.
    • 64' France hold strong, regaining possession to clear upfield.
    • 64' SA attack on the counter and force a free-kick 10 yards from the line. The Springboks opt to dab the ball into touch to make a fresh attempt
    • 61' South Africa turn out and look to break but Januarie knocks on.
    • 60' The play very much remains in South Africa's half but the Springboks defence is as resolute as ever.
    • 57' Rossouw dives in with a excellent last-ditch tackle to force Parra into touch and deny what was almost certainly a try.
    • 54' France continue to dominate possession but their killer pass is just not there and South Africa look comfortable in defence.
    • 53' You have to say that try came against the run of play, in terms of possession anyway, but boy do South Africa no how to finish. Aplon showed all his sevens expertise there.
    • 51' Flawless conversion from Steyne for the extras.
    • 50' Run Aplon, run! A loose long pass deep in the South African half is picked up by Aplon and there's no stopping him! That's number two.
    • 47' That's bread and butter for Steyne and the South African lead is once again 18 points.
    • 47' Bryce Lawrence has had enough and awards South Africa a penalty. This should be another three points.
    • 46' Botha's taken a knock on the neck in that scrum collapse and requires some treatment.
    • 46' France's eight are mauled by South Africa in the scrum and referee Bryce Lawrence calls for them to reset.
    • 44' ...and Alan isn't wrong when he says: "It looks like a long day for France"
    • 43' Eurospport reader Robert has had his say on a fantastic weekend for South African sport: "WORLD CUP STADIUM FULL....RUGBY STADIUM FULL....BUT NO­ VUVUZELAS,WHAT A PLEASURE TO WATCH." Can't say I disagree with that.
    • 41' South Africa kick-off the second half.
    • HT Three more points on the board for France but that still leaves them trailing South Africa by 15 points at the break.
    • 40+4' French supporters are trying to rally their troops with a cry of 'allez les blues' but their troops remain camped on the France line. Another penalty... looks like they'll go for goal this time and take the points going into the break.
    • 40+1' France scrum five yards from the line... there's the hooter.
    • 40' France close in on the Springboks line, with a penalty advantage behind them, but time is running out!
    • 39' Time is running out for France in this 40 but possession is their's for now.
    • 37' South Africa concede their first penalty of the match, to France's seven.
    • 33' Styne can't convert the extras but it's all looking very rosy for the Springboks.
    • 32' Steyne sends a superb looping pass over the top to Steenkamp and the big man shows his pace with a fantastic run to the line - try! South Africa are on fire!
    • 30' Parra makes the conversion to claw France back to 20-7.
    • 29' A lovely passage of play by France ends with Rougerie clear down the left - try!
    • 28' Nallet takes a hammering from SA captain Rossouw! What a hit - Nallet will need a little while to get that one out of his system as ref Bryce Lawrence stops play.
    • 27' South Africa continue to dominate possession but France have sorted their defence and there's no gaps for the hosts to exploit.
    • 26' France are giving away penalties by the hatful and you just cannot afford to do that against a side of South Africa's quality.
    • 24' Steyne lines up his fourth kick of the afternoon... and it's straight through the middle!
    • 22' Football world governing body FIFA allegedly asked South African authorities to move today's game in light of the World Cup - but they were not having any of it. Rugby still calls the shots here, it seems.
    • 20' This fixture is a key marker ahead next year's World Cup in New Zealand - will South Africa emerge with the psychological advantage?
    • 18' Januarie almost ducks under a tackle but is held up as the Springboks search for a third try.
    • 17' Another South African line-out deep in French territory which leads to a SA try.
    • 16' This really has been a sloppy start from the French in possession, the scrum and line-outs.
    • 14' It's not been a good day for the hemisphere so far and that looks good to continue. Read more about England's defeat to Australia in Perth here.
    • 12' Steyn slots the penalty home - 17-0. What now for France?
    • 11' Januarie picks up a chip over the top and, full of confidence, goes for the line but is thwarted with a yard to go. Play breaks down and South Africa win a penalty.
    • 10' Earlier today New Zealand routed 14-man Ireland. Read all about it!
    • 9' Steyn makes no mistake with the conversion and it's 14-0 - after nine minutes!
    • 8' Try! South Africa again! Aplon fires a heavy shoulder into his opponent to get clear before jinking past another and sprinting home.
    • 7' South Africa claim a line-out and force France onto the back foot with the drive.
    • 3' And there's the extras to cap a superb start for the hosts.
    • 2' Habana pounces on a loose pass and finds Fourie who sets Spies free and there's no stopping him, with the big man slamming the try home in emphatic style. What a start!
    • 1' Here we go!
    • 13:00 France have not lost to the Springboks for five years, read more about their build-up here.
    • 13:00 Referee today is Bryce Lawrence.
    • 12:59 What a match this is set to be, as rugby pushes the football World Cup off the back pages in Cape Town.
    • 12:58 Welcome to this afternoon's LIVE text commentary of world champions South Africa against Six Nations victors France at Newlands.
  • Summary

    South Africa versus France
    Spies 2’, Aplon 8’, 49’, Steenkamp 32’, Louw 75’ Tries Rougerie 29’, Andreu 79’
    Steyn 2’, 8’, 49’, Pienaar 75’ Conversions Parra 29’, Skréla 79’
    Steyn 12’, 24’, 47’ Penalties Parra 40’
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • South Africa

    Manager: Peter De Villiers

    On the Field

    • Steenkamp Try
    • Smit Substitution Out (41′)
    • Botha Substitution Out (57′)
    • Rossouw Substitution Out (61′)
    • Matfield
    • Burger Substitution Out (61′)
    • Louw Try
    • Spies Try
    • Januarie
    • Steyn Substitution Out (66′)
    • Habana
    • Olivier
    • Fourie
    • Aplon Tries×2
    • Kirchner Substitution Out (60′)

    Subs

    • De Villiers
    • Ralepelle Substitution In (41′)
    • Pienaar Substitution In (66′)
    • Du Plessis Substitution In (57′)
    • van der Merwe
    • Potgieter Substitution In (61′)
    • De Jongh Substitution In (60′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • France

    Manager: Marc Lievremont

    On the Field

    • Domingo Substitution Out (41′)
    • Szarzewski Substitution Out (64′)
    • Mas
    • Nallet
    • Millo-Chluski Substitution Out (53′)
    • Dusautoir
    • Lauret Substitution Out (53′)
    • Bonnaire
    • Parra Substitution Out (67′)
    • Trinh-Duc
    • Rougerie Try
    • Mermoz
    • Marty Substitution Out (64′)
    • Clerc
    • Poitrenaud Substitution Out (72′)

    Subs

    • Skréla Substitution In (72′)
    • Poux Substitution In (41′)
    • Yachvili Substitution In (67′) Yellow Card
    • Pierre Substitution In (53′)
    • Picamoles Substitution In (53′)
    • Guirado Substitution In (64′)
    • Andreu Substitution In (64′) Try

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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