France U18 claimed a 36-24 victory over the SA Academy side in Durban on Saturday.
The tourists out-muscled the the hosts in a physical contest and deserved a 26-10 half-time lead. The SA Academy side put in a better second half performance, but the deficit at break proved to great as their French counterparts held on for the win.
The centre pairing of John Kotze and Edwin Sass were the stars in the SA Academy side, scoring all the team’s three tries. Flyhalf Gideon Meiring kicked all the extras and a penalty in the 12-point defeat.
France U18 will now face a strong SA Schools team in Port Elizabeth this Saturday, which will be the curtain-raiser for the Springboks’ Test against the All Blacks.