The French team have dedicated Saturday’s Test victory over the Springboks to team-mate Pieter de Villiers.
South African-born and Cape Town-raised De Villiers had a tragedy hit his family during the week. His younger brother passed away, with reports indicating it was from a car accident.
Said coach Bernard Laporte: “Being in a rugby team is very special. Today (captain) Fabian (Pelous) and his mates did it for Pieter, because we wanted to do domething for him. The committment was huge to get this victory.”
Laporte lavished praise on his charges for a job well done. “They had to work really hard for the victory today, but in the end they pulled it off.”
The win means France move to second on the official IRB World Rankings, with South Africa dropping to third. The result also ended White’s 13-match unbeaten run on home soil.
The French meanwhile maintained a proud record of never having lost at Newlands to the Springboks. The previous two encounters finished all square, while on Saturday they were full value for a convincing win.
By Andrew Hollely