Andries Coetzee in full flight against France at Loftus on Saturday. Photo: Gavin Barker, BackpagePix

PRETORIA – The Springboks produced a much-improved display in a 37-14 victory over France at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Here are five key moments during the match…

26th minute: The Springboks defended valiantly on their line and not only soaked up the pressure applied by France, they were eventually able to win crucial turnover ball.

30th minute: Andries Coetzee’s quick thinking of keeping the ball alive saw him recycle the ball from a would-be tackle before offloading the ball to Malcolm Marx, who threw a timely pass to the rushing Jesse Kriel for the Boks’ first try.

45th minute: The Boks first turned over possession from a French maul before winning a scrum penalty to alleviate the pressure on their tryline.

59th minute: Boks awarded penalty try after Courtnall Skosan held back from scoring what looked like a certain try. France fullback Brice Dulin yellow-carded.

Eben Etzebeth won two crucial lineouts against the throw in the final quarter. Photo: Gavin Barker, BackpagePix

61st minute: Ross Cronjé scores try from first phase lineout from clever inside pass from Warren Whiteley at the back of the lineout to stretch the Springbok lead to 30-14, all but securing victory.

65th and 77th minutes: Eben Etzebeth lineout steals five metres from the Bok tryline extinguishes any hopes of the French staging a comeback.


Sunday Independent

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