“Last week we took it through 15 phases to get a penalty to win the game (and it didn’t happen) and this week we had to score a try to win the match,” said Erasmus, who mentioned that his side learnt a lot from last weekend’s mistakes at Twickenham where England edged South Africa by a single point.
"France were the better side in the first half and they managed to stretch their halftime advantage to a threatening 23-9 lead after the break.
The South African confidence increased as the second half progressed, and they were rewarded for their efforts by virtue of two converted tries, scored by Sibusiso Nkosi and replacement hooker Mbonambi, while Handre Pollard slotted five penalties for a faultless kicking display.
“We kept on fighting and it was special to see the energy of the guys at the end. We though Cheslin had scored and Aphiwe’s try was ruled out (because of a forward pass) but we pressed on and I’m glad we were rewarded today,” said Kolisi.
France 26 - Tries: Guilhem Guirado, Mathieu Bastereaud; Conversions: Baptiste Serin (2); Penalties: Serin (3); Drop goal: Camille Lopez.
South Africa 29 - Tries: Sibusiso Nkosi, Bongi Mbonambi; Conversions: Handre Pollard (2). Penalties: Pollard (5).