11 Nov 2018, 04:53 IST
PARIS (AP) — France cracked proper on the finish as soon as once more as South Africa scored a attempt deep into damage time to win 29-26 at Stade de France on Saturday.
France thought it had the Springboks crushed for the primary time since 2009 after dropping their previous six conferences — together with 4 final 12 months — however poor composure once more price Les Tricolores.
With the match really fizzling out, France winger Damian Penaud stepped out of bounds taking a excessive catch with about 10 seconds left of regulation time. South Africa used the error to arrange a lineout close to the French line. When Springboks winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored the French appeared terrified, then relieved when it was dominated out by referee Nigel Owens for a ahead cross.
However the Springboks had time for one more lineout, and substitute hooker Bongi Mbonambi bundled by within the 85th minute after France’s forwards had been too simply rolled over.
“They completed strongly however the match appeared over till Damien went into contact,” France coach Jacques Brunel lamented. “It is merciless as a result of the gamers gave the whole lot. We’re not far-off from this South Africa aspect, we measured as much as them.”
Captain Guilhem Guirado and highly effective heart Mathieu Bastareaud scored a attempt every for France whereas scrumhalf Baptiste Serin missed solely considered one of his kicks, touchdown three penalties and changing each tries. Flyhalf Camille Lopez contributed a neat dropped kick.
Flyhalf Handre Pollard was good for the Springboks, touchdown 5 penalties and changing the opposite attempt from proper winger Sbu Nkosi.
Final weekend, South Africa misplaced to England 12-11, succumbing on the final transfer.
However France has a behavior of capitulating, together with falling to Eire within the Six Nations to a last-gasp dropped purpose.
This time, its luck appeared to be turning.
With lower than 10 minutes left, South Africa fluffed a attempt after a focus lapse from South Africa winger Cheslin Kolbe. He used his searing tempo to interrupt free down the precise, however took his eye off Arthur Iturria coming throughout and the flanker compelled him to fumble the ball.
Final 12 months, the Springboks received 18-17 at Stade de France and this was one other attritional affair.
Serin and Pollard matched one another to make it 6-6 after a fair opening 20 minutes.
Then, France’s sloppiness resurfaced: A lineout casually misplaced adopted by one other delicate penalty and Pollard’s large kick from 50 meters made it 9-6.
Following a uncommon French assault, initiated by Lopez and fullback Maxime Medard, the alert Lopez nailed a dropped purpose from about 25 meters.
However France blew a golden likelihood to attain the primary attempt after proper winger Teddy Thomas did all of the exhausting work in crashing by 4 tackles. As a substitute of passing inside to heart Geoffrey Doumayrou he stubbornly continued his run by going proper and into visitors.
Moments later, Guirado charged over from the again of a maul for his fifth attempt in 61 exams. Serin coolly transformed for 16-9 at halftime.
Two errors yielded two tries instantly after the break.
Lopez’s excessive kick was poorly handled by South Africa and the unfastened ball bounced as much as Bastareaud, who bundled by.
Then Pollard’s restart was badly fumbled by lock Sebastien Vahaamahina, permitting Nkosi a simple attempt within the nook.
Pollard slotted two penalties to maneuver the Springboks to 1 level behind getting into the ultimate quarter which, for France, is a nervous time. France’s three defeats within the Six Nations had been by six factors or much less.
France bought a free shot at three factors when scrumhalf Faf de Klerk made a careless late deal with on Lopez as he kicked clear. Serin landed a tricky kick to present France some respiratory area at 26-22.
However not sufficient area.
Penaud’s error was ruthlessly punished by the Boks, leaving the distraught Guirado, watching from the sidelines, dropping to his knees in disbelief and hiding his head in his coat.
“We do not have that a lot confidence, we won’t actually cover that,” Iturria stated. “We’re a bit fragile. We now have to continue to learn, we’re nonetheless rebuilding as a staff.”
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