South Africa beat France in scrappy Test

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    South Africa have scraped past a lacklustre France 18-17 to make some amends for the horror Test performance against Ireland.

    Springboks winger Dillyn Leyds and France flyhalf Anthony Belleau scored their first international tries, both in a scrappy first half that ended 8-7 to the visitors.

    Centre Jesse Kriel seemed to have finished off the French with a try awarded after a television match official (TMO) review for a suspected knock-on by lock Eben Etzebeth.

    But replacement scrum-half Baptiste Serin ducked under a couple of tackles for a converted try to set up a frantic final three minutes.

    It proved too late, as the Springboks beat France for the fourth time this year.

    South Africa were reeling from a record 38-3 loss away to Ireland, while the French were also in payback mood after being soundly beaten by New Zealand 38-18.

    France coach Guy Noves surprisingly kept the same side, while counterpart Allister Coetzee unsurprisingly made 10 changes.

    Belleau slotted over a penalty early in the second half to put the French briefly ahead, but only because opposite Handre Pollard left his kicking boots in the Stade de France dressing room.

    He missed three penalties and a conversion, the third penalty miss a woeful slice wide from near the posts after 55 minutes.

    Then he found his range, slotting one over shortly after and converting Kriel’s try to pad the Springboks lead to 18-10 with about 15 minutes left.

    Belleau’s late penalty attempt from wide left missed and the home side’s efforts petered out until Serin showed quick thinking to spot enough of a gap in the South African defence to squeeze through.

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (5)

    • November 19th 2017 @ 5:25pm
      Brett Susan said | November 19th 2017 @ 5:25pm | ! Report

      Nothing much to say here…. let’s move to the next article.

    • Roar Guru

      November 19th 2017 @ 7:25pm
      Harry Jones said | November 19th 2017 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

      A win is a win.

      • November 20th 2017 @ 9:04pm
        Taylorman said | November 20th 2017 @ 9:04pm | ! Report

        Yes it is Harry, well done. Every win for SA is a bonus. ?

        • Roar Guru

          November 21st 2017 @ 2:05am
          Harry Jones said | November 21st 2017 @ 2:05am | ! Report

          At least there is a bit of depth in the pack, despite huge exile numbers.

          The backline is sad.

          And 5-6 scrumhalves plying their trade in Europe who are better than Crab Cronjè.

          And just watched Pat Lambie carve up Toulon with spot-on passes and kicks. (JP Pietersen scored 2 brilliant tries for the losers).

    • November 20th 2017 @ 12:42am
      splinter said | November 20th 2017 @ 12:42am | ! Report

      One rugby god to another why did you let the Springboks win. I had to let them win because Allende{Ellende) did not play.

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