South Africa fight back to beat France with last gasp try

Willie le Roux during the South African national rugby team training session at Insep High Performance Centre

Well done to the Springboks - wow what a thrilling win over the French last night in Paris!

The hosts made the ideal start to the second half, scoring just a minute after the break.

The result also extended South Africa's nine-year unbeaten run against France and restored some confidence for coach Rassie Erasmus with less than a year to go until the start of the World Cup in Japan where his team face world number one side the All Blacks in the group stages.

"We managed to break out and reverse the pressure".

However, Nkosi quickly made amends for his error by scoring at the other end, touching down on the right-hand side as France was caught short of numbers.

Elsewhere, Scotland - who beat Fiji 54-17 in Edinburgh - moved up a spot ahead of Australia in sixth position.

The Springboks drew level with a quarter of the match played with the outside half's second penalty goal.

Fly-half Handre Pollard opened the visitors' account with his own effort on 13 minutes to cross the 300-points barrier in Test rugby.

South Africa have beaten France with a last-gasp try from a maul on the final play 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.

Another penalty from Pollard, won by Malcolm Marx, gave South Africa the lead for the first time, but on their next incursion into South African territory, Camille Lopez slotted a drop goal.

France hooker Guilhem Guirado scored the only try of the half when he bashed over from close range, which came moments after Thomas carved a huge hole in the Bok defence, where skipper Siya Kolisi missed a routine tackle.

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.

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

Serin added his fourth three-pointer of the evening to regain a four-point advantage for Jacques Brunel's side.

France had led 23-9 early in the second half as South Africa looked lacklustre and showed little enterprise in possession.

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