The French Rugby Federation has risked controversy by issuing a formal invitation to the Springbok rugby union team to tour France.
TV South African player with ball attacking down wing. Ball picked up by No. 11 and he crosses for try (2 shots)
SV Player No. 11 (Springbok) with injured knee
TV Scrum down and break, ball to French player, S. Blanco who kicks down sideline. Ball goes out of play (2 shots)
TV French players gather around injured captain J-P. Rives lying on ground. He gets up and referee calls for medical attention. Rives collapses with blood from forehead cut on face and he is helped from field.
TV Rives removes head bandage at start of second half and returns to game
TV Rives with ball is brought down and ball retrieved by South Africa. Springboks attack down wing in series of passes before move is stopped by French
TV French player Elissalde grubber kicks, runs and passes with ball going to Bustaffa who passes to Paperemborde. He is tackled by Springbok who takes ball and runs down field passing two others. Try.
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Background: The French Rugby Federation has risked controversy by issuing a formal invitation to the Springbok rugby union team to tour France. This is despite legislation introduced by the French Government last year, banning tours by South Africa. The French are keen for a rematch to avenge their defeat by the Springboks in Pretoria over the weekend (8 November).
SYNOPSIS: In the last of their four matches, the French players were showing signs of fatigue after a short and hectic tour. And the visitors' tiredness was reflected in the scores. South Africa took command from the first whistle, scoring a try in the tenth minute. The springboks went on to win thirty-seven points to fifteen.
The performance of French captain, Jean-Pierre Rives, was a lesson in determination. Already troubled by an injured hamstring, Rives took the field with one leg heavily strapped. In the thirteenth minute of the match, Rives was brought down in a heavy tackle which had left him shaken. Helped to his feet by team-mates, the French captain had suffered a deep cut to the forehead. With blood streaming from beneath his headband, Rives showed signs of concussion and stumbled as the referee called for medical assistance from the sidelines. Eventually, Rives was persuaded to leave the field.
The cut over one eye was so deep it required minor surgery. But the courageous Rives was not out of action for long. With South Africa leading thirteen-nil at half time, Rives decided to rejoin play at the start of the second half. It wasn't long before Rives was hit by another heavy tackle. Again he appeared to be stunned, but refused the French team doctor's pleas to leave the field. The French captain's single-handed effort was not enough to half the South African attack.
When France did make a break, such as this run by Elissalde and Bustaffe, the Springboks seldom allowed them a chance to score. Weakened by the hot and humid condition France could manage a converted try and three penalties against the South African score of four converted tries, one unconverted try and three penalties. This was France's only defeat of the tour. South Africa has now scored eight wins from nine internationals played this year.