France vs South Africa: Springboks Knock Hosts Out Of Rugby World Cup

France vs South Africa: Springboks Knock Hosts Out Of Rugby World Cup

Raphael Abiola
updated at October 16, 2023 at 8:32 AM
  • South Africa are through to the semi-finals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup
  • The Springboks mustered a difficult win over France in Paris on Sunday
  • The reigning champions also ended the Parisians' 18-game unbeaten run

South Africa knocked host nation, France out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup after a thrilling quarter-final in Paris last night (October 15).

The epic encounter was played at the Stade de France and lived up to expectations as a game of the narrowest margins.

The Springboks are always a difficult side for Les Blues to overcome but they would have fancied their chances this time around on home soil.

South Africa knock host nation France out of the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Photo: Harry Murphy.
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However, the Springboks spoiled the Parisians' party as they came from behind to defeat the host nation.

Thomas Ramos' penalty handed the French a narrow lead at the interval after both sides scored three tries in a pulsating first half, according to the BBC.

Ramos was in good form in the game and added another three points for France after the half-time break.

The return of talismanic captain, Antoine Dupont for Les Blues seemed like it would pay off but the defending champions fought back against a brutal onslaught.

France had the support of the home fans and with minutes counting down, they looked to keep the ball alive and muster a last-minute win, before the Springboks won a turnover.

South Africa will now face England in the next round as they hope to defend their title in Paris. The other semi-finals will see Argentina take on Rugby Championship foes, New Zealand.

France vs South Africa: head-to-head

France were victorious in their last meeting against the Springboks a year ago, which ended a string of seven straight defeats against them.

This time around, South Africa ended Les Bleus' unbeaten run of 18 games.

France wins: 12

South Africa wins: 28

Draws: 6

Brits analyses France vs South Africa tie

Sports Brief previously reported on former Springbok forward, Schalk Brits analysing France versus South Africa and predicting what would define the clash.

He admitted to having loved watching the two teams over the past few years and said it was regrettable that such a quality tie came so early in the competition.

In the days leading up to the contest, the decision to play French talisman, Dupont so soon after his brutal facial injury was one which dominated dicussions.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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