Boks 42 France 17

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Full time: Boks 42 France 17

80 mins: The Boks have possession in France’s 22m as the hooter sounds. The home team are 5m out as they look for an emphatic ending to the match. After several ball carries, they struggle to breach the French defence. The Boks win a penalty and have a good chance to score. But to the crowd’s dismay, Matfield orders Habana to clear the ball into touch and end the game. Boks win 42-17!

77 mins: France try! France on the attack and in search for a consolation score. From two penalty taps they manage to cross the line through replacement back Marc Andreu. Replacement flyhalf David Skrela adds the extras. 42-17 to the Boks!

75 mins: Bok try! From a lineout inside the French red zone, the Boks push forward with a driving maul and flank Francios Louw breaks away for a try. Pienaar kicks the conversion. 42-10 to the Boks!

74 mins: France replacement scrumhalf Dimitri Yachvili is sin-binned for kicking the ball away when Habana wanted to take a quick penalty tap. A bit harsh from Lawrence, but a stupid foul nontheless.

70 mins: Both teams try to attack from deep but it comes with little effect. France eventually gain some momentum and they get a scrum inside the Boks’ 22m area.

66 mins: Replacement flyhalf Ruan Pienaar is the last of the substitutes as he comes on for Steyn.

60 mins: Bok head coach Peter de Villiers almost empties his bench. Four replacements come on the field – centre Juan de Jongh, De Villiers at wing, flank Dewald Potgieter and lock Flip van der Merwe makes his debut. Centre Wynand Olivier, Kirchner, flank Schalk Burger and Rossouw leave the field. Aplon moves to fullback.

56 mins: Good interplay sees France edging for the try line but Rossouw makes a try-saving tackle as he forces Marty into touch 5m out.

53 mins: Monster tackle! Scrumhalf Ricky Januarie takes out France centre David Marty and wins a penalty for the Boks.

49 mins: Bok try! France find themselves in a promising position the Boks’ red zone but lose the ball forward after a long pass from Trinh-Duc. Aplon intercepts and sets off on a counter attack. He outruns the retreating French players and beats Poitrenaud with pace to grab his second try of the match. Steyn adds the extras. 35-10 to the Boks!

47 mins: France have a scrum at their 22m line but the Boks force a penalty. Steyn kicks the first points of the second half. 28-10 to the Boks!

42 mins: Boks attack wide but lose possession as replacement hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle knocks the ball on with his first touch.

41 mins: Deep kick off from Steyn and France settle in their 22m area. Parra clears from the breakdown and the Boks have a lineout 10m inside the French half.

Boks 25 France 10 (half-time)

40 mins: France win a penalty 5m out and decide to take a scrum to reduce the Boks’ lead. However, after four re-sets, Lawrence awards France another penalty and this time the visitors go for posts. Parra kicks his first penalty to end the half. 25-10 to the Boks!

35 mins: Fourie returns to the field cleaned up and De Villiers goes back to the bench.

30 mins: Moments after the kickoff, the Boks find themselves in an attacking position inside the French red zone. After a couple of breakdowns, Steyn’s skip pass unlocks the French defence and loosehead prop Guthro Steenkamp crosses untouched. Steyn misses the conversion. 25-7 to the Boks!

29 mins: Centre Jean de Villiers comes on for Fourie as a blood replacement.

28 mins: France try! After taking physical blows from Bok defence, France find space out wide and Rougerie has clear run in at the right corner. Scrumhalf Morgan Parra adds the extras. 20-7 to the Boks!

27 mins: Monster tackle! Lock Danie Rossouw floors opposite number Lionel Nallet on the 50m line.

24 mins: France fullback Clement Poitrenaud marks an up and under from opposite number Kirchner and sets out on an attack. However, he is caught out by the Bok defence and is penalised for holding on. Steyn kicks his second three-pointer. 20-0 to the Boks!

20 mins: Again, France attack through the boot of wing Aurelien Rougerie and Trinh-Duc on two occasions but nothing dangerous comes from it.

17 mins: France trouble the Boks from the lineout and the home team is forced to reel back. The Boks concede possession after a forward pass.

15 mins: France are struggling to penetrate the Bok defence and flyhalf Francois Trinh-Duc decides to take the aerial route. Lock Victor Matfield gathers the ball but is taken out by a high tackle. Penalty to the Boks and Steyn kicks for touch, 22m from the French tryline.

10 mins: The Boks attack on the right and break through the French defence again. Zane Kirchner, who had Aplon on his outside, is tackled 5m short and loses the ball forward. However, referee Bryce Lawrence takes play back to the 22m for an earlier infringement from the visitors. Steyn converts his first penalty. It’s all South Africa at the moment as the Mexican Wave flows around Newlands. 17-0 to the Boks!

9 mins: France’s kick off goes out on the full and the Boks get a halfway scrum.

7 mins: Bok try! From a 30m lineout, the Boks gain ground from a driving maul but the French do well to lead them to the touch line. However, the home team works a set-piece move which sees wing Gio Aplon break through the centre. Aplon breaks a tackle and dives over for the Boks’ second try. Steyn kicks his second conversion. 14-0 to the Boks!

4 mins: France kick off and Steyn clears 30m out. The Boks trouble France in the visitors’ next two lineouts but lose possession on both occasions.

2 mins: Bok try! From the lineout, France spread the ball wide. However, the ball drops loose after a forward pass and wing Bryan Habana intercepts and goes out on a counter attack. Habana passes to centre Jaque Fourie, who offloads to Spies and the No 8 has a clear run under the posts. Steyn adds the extras. 7-0 to the Boks!

1 mins: France kick off deep and Bok No 8 Pierre Spies gathers the ball in the 22m area. Pivot Morne Steyn clears 20m out.

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Dewald Potgieter, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Jean de Villiers.

France – 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Vincent Clerc, 13 David Marty, 12 Maxime Mermoz, 11 Aurelien Rougerie, 10 Francois Trinh-Duc, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Julien Bonnaire, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (c), 5 Romain Millo-Chluski, 4 Lionel Nallet, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Dimitri Szarzewski, 1 Thomas Domingo.
Subs: 16 Guilhem Guirado, 17 Jean Baptiste Poux, 18 Julien Pierre, 19 Louis Picamoles, 20 Dimitri Yachvili, 21 David Skrela, 22 Marc Andreu.

By Gareth Duncan, at Newlands