South Africa vs France Rugby match at Ellis Park
Saturday, June 24
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-Off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Team South Africa
South Africa will want to complete this 3 Test series with a victory.
They have already won the series with some impressive wins in Pretoria & Durban. Furthermore beating les Bleus this weekend could be a huge achievement for Springbok head coach Allister Coetzee & his charges.
They were low on confidence in 2016, but are now back to themselves after the 2 recent wins.
Based on previous records, they will feel they can dismantle France.
In both previous Tests in the series, the Boks managed to score 4 tries. The form of Elton Jantjies, Siya Kolisi, Andries Coetzee, Jean-Luc du Preez & Franco Mostert has come up to what we are used to watching.
An issue to address is that the home side is yet to beat France at Ellis Park.
France has been below par and not challenged much this series except in the opening test. They did dominate the territorial & possession stakes.
France enjoyed 66% of the possession & 64% of the territory in Durban but could only cross their opponents’ try-line 1 time as they were kept in check by an incredible defensive effort from the opponents who made 178 tackles compared to les Bleus‘ 63.
Players to watch
For South Africa
After a superb performance in the opening Test in Pretoria, Jesse Kriel missed previous weekend’s encounter in Durban due to concussion. Since he burst onto the international scene in 2015, he has shifted between full-back & centre in the Test arena but after shining in the number 13 jersey in Pretoria, aged 23 guy did cement his place in the Bok midfield with another commanding display in this Test.
Further, Jean-Luc du Preez makes his run-on debut for the Boks post impressive cameos off the bench in his 3 previous Tests. He will be expected to continue where he left off in Durban, where his physical approach at the coalface of the Boks’ forward effort proved a handful for les Bleus.
The inexperienced half-back duo of Jules Plisson & Baptiste Serin have to work out something. Plisson started the 1st Test but failed to stamp his authority on that match & will be determined to make the most of this 2nd chance. Serin is an exciting prospect who showed glimpses of his attacking ability.
From 2010-2017, South Africa has won.
The venues are Durban, Pretoria, Paris, Cape Town.
From 2005-2009, France has won.
Venues are Toulouse, Cape Town, Paris
France will perform best on the day but this Springbok side will prove too strong.
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