Wed 15 Nov 2017, 10:13
Don’t miss the next match of the Springboks’ tough northern hemisphere tour when they take on France at the Stade de France, Saint Denis, on Saturday 19 November live on your Channel of Champions (Kick-off 21:45).
The Springboks again find themselves on a quest for redemption when they face France in the second match of their year-end tour at the iconic Stade de France, venue of the famous 2007 World Cup triumph.
Fuelled by the momentum gained from the All Blacks clash in October, the Boks headed for Europe with high expectations and a renewed belief, but they tumbled to a new low with a record 38-3 defeat by Ireland last week.
A 3-0 Series whitewash against Les Bleus in South Africa in June now seems like an age ago and under-siege coach Allister Coetzee was spot-on when he remarked: “It’s definitely not going to be the French side that toured SA earlier this year.”
France went down 38-18 to the All Blacks last week but Coetzee isn’t reading too deeply into that defeat either.
Despite that loss, it is worth noting that the French have won four of the last five home Tests against the Boks.
South Africa, France and Ireland were locked in a bitter battle to secure the hosting rights to the 2023 Rugby World Cup and that sideshow could also spill over onto the rugby field.
Excuses are wearing thin and the passionate South African rugby faithful are desperately looking for an excuse to celebrate an elusive victory by their struggling national rugby team.
Springboks (Last Six): Ireland 3-38, New Zealand 24-25, Australia 27-27, New Zealand 0-57, Australia 23-23, Argentina 41-23.
France (Last Six): New Zealand 18-38, England 16-19, Scotland 22-16, Ireland 9-19, Italy 40-18, Wales 20-18.
Head to Head (Overall):
Played: 42 (24 in SA & 18 in France)
Victories: France 11. South Africa 25
Points: France 619, South Africa 892
Largest Winning Margins:
France – Home 20 (November 2002). Away – 10 (June 2010)
South Africa – Home 25 (June 2001). Away – 42 (November 1997)
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By Trevor Cramer