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South Africa Edges Past France in Thrilling World Cup Quarterfinal to Reach the Last Four



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South Africa defeated France 29-28 in a thrilling Rugby World Cup showdown. Handre Pollard was pivotal in securing South Africa’s place in the semi-finals. EWN reports that the Springboks’ win sets up a clash with England back in Paris. Despite France leading at halftime, the Springboks’ determination proved decisive.

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi commended his team’s unwavering commitment: “I just thought we really wanted it. I must give credit to the guys who came off the bench. They came and made a good defense. It was a hard game. We knew how tough it was going to be with the French team at home, and honestly, I just want to say well done to them for what they have achieved and how hard they worked.”

While France fly-half Matthieu Jalibert acknowledged missed opportunities, he praised the Springboks for their resilience in the face of the French attacks.

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The match attracted the attention of French President Emmanuel Macron. He witnessed a game of the highest quality between two formidable teams. Despite Antoine Dupont’s return from injury, France could not secure their first semi-final spot since 2011.


South Africa showcased their clinical edge and led 19-12 at one point. Cyril Baille’s impressive performance, scoring a double, kept France in contention.

A yellow card for Eben Etzebeth saw South Africa down to 14 men, allowing France to take a narrow 22-19 lead at halftime. However, the Springboks turned the tide in the second half, with Etzebeth’s redemption through a try and Pollard’s conversion taking them ahead 26-25.

A nail-biting finish saw Pollard exchanging penalties with Thomas Ramos. South Africa secured a vital turnover in the game’s dying moments, ending French hopes of a historic World Cup triumph.

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