Erasmus applauds South Africa attitude in overtime victory

Ruben Hill
November 14, 2018

The Springboks duly took it as their forwards put the French pack under enormous pressure on the opposite side of the field, eventually allowing substitute Mbonambi to slide over.

France made the flawless start to the second half when South Africa failed to deal with a high ball.

"Clearly it wasn't a ideal match, but we learnt to manage the pressure", he added.

Aphiwe Dyantyi was denied a potentially game-winning try on South Africa's left flank when the TMO adjudged the final pass to be forward, but a penalty in the build-up offered the visitor another chance.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked seven from seven from the tee to contribute 19 points to the effort while the Boks bench made a telling difference in the dying coals of the game.

"We learned a few lessons from last week that we were able to apply and we were rewarded for it, even if it is not our best performance", Erasmus told reporters at the Stade de France.

The Springboks now travel to Scotland for their third match of the tour next Saturday against Scotland in Edinburgh.

A final play that started close to Boks' tryline when flank Francois Louw won his second turnover penalty in the closing five minutes, ended with a lineout drive and Mbonambi's winning score almost four minutes later.

Camille Lopez pulled the teams level once again with a well-struck drop-goal, his first in 16 Tests.

Captain Guilhem Guirado and powerful centre Mathieu Bastareaud scored a try each for France while scrumhalf Baptiste Serin missed only one of his kicks, landing four penalties and converting both tries.

With a two-score lead, France needed to consolidate but from the restart a miscommunication between Lopez and Sébastien Vahaamahina saw the ball spill loose and Sbu Nkosi was on hand to take advantage.

Pollard added his fourth penalty to close the gap to four points with less than half an hour to play.

He brought his side within a point ten minutes later after French flank Arthur Iturria was penalised for a unsafe tackle.

However, with 85 minutes on the clock, a clean South African line-out on the French five-metre line was followed by replacement Mbonambi's unopposed break to the right of the set-piece to secure the victory.

Jacques Brunel felt France's "cruel" defeat to South Africa in Paris on Saturday was down to a lack of experience.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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