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Les Boks sont prêts pour Les Bleus


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :End of Year Tour, Original Content, Springboks on 22 Nov 2013 at 10:05
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The Boks will be looking to keep their unbeaten record in Europe when they face France at Stade de France on Saturday evening. The Springboks have had an easy EOY tour to date, after beating Wales in their 1st test 24 – 15 and Scotland 28 – 0 last weekend.

France had a tough start to their season, going down19 – 26 to New Zealand. They had a much easier run against Tonga, beating them 38 – 18, taking much needed confidence into this weekends game.

The French are very unpredictable and known for creating magic and the impossible if things are going their way. Even though the Boks managed to beat them convincingly in their last test in 2010, 42 – 17, they have only won 2 out of the last 5 test matches. In 2005 the Springboks won 27 – 13 in Port Elizabeth and the previous mentioned 42 – 17 win was in Cape Town.

What makes matters worse is that the Boks have never beaten Les Bleus at Stade de France. In 2005 the Boks lost 15 – 20 and 10 – 20 in 2001.

History between these two countries dates back to 1913 when the Springboks won 38 – 5. Since that 1st test in Bordeaux they’ve played 37 more with the Springboks winning 20, 6 tests have ended in a draw.

France:
15 Brice Dulin, 14 Sofiane Guitoune, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Yoann Huget, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (captain), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Pape, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.

Substitutes: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Thomas Domingo, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Yannick Nyanga, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Frederic Michalak, 23 Mathieu Bastareaud

South Africa:
15 Willie le Roux: 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain) 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Siya Kolisi 22 Jano Vermaak, 23 Patrick Lambie



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