ADDS Kolisi quotes
France head coach Fabien Galthie said on Saturday his side were “on track” for next year’s Rugby World Cup after beating Webb Trophy holders South Africa Ellis, 30-26 at Marseille.
Both teams had players sent off with the Springboks’ 2019 World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit shown a red card in the first quarter of an hour before last year’s winner Antoine Dupont, does not suffer the same fate after the break for the house. side.
Les Bleus, the tournament hosts, have now beaten every nation in the top 10 since Galthie took over after the 2019 World Cup.
“We had a powerful experience tonight and we won. We wanted to win in every way possible,” Galthie told France Télévisions.
“The scenario was very unique. We are moving forward. We are on the right track,” he added.
Galthie has kept the same starting line-up since last weekend’s win over Australia, the country’s 11th straight win.
“They’re a great and amazing team. They’ve shown that for 12 games now,” Boks captain Kolisi told reporters.
“They have a solid pack. They are already a force to be reckoned with,” he added.
After the smoke from the pre-match spectacle cleared, Kolisi sprinted out of the tunnel past the 65,000 spectators, recalling that he became the first black player to lead his country in June 2018.
Thomas Ramos kicked in a penalty to make it 3-0 for the hosts before du Toit’s moment of madness after just 12 minutes as he headbutted Jonathan Danty on a ruck.
Galthie was forced to reshuffle his back line with Danty out for a head injury assessment as flanker Sekou Macalou came on the wing and Yoram Moefana moved into the centre.
Galthie’s side took the upper hand and Ramos added a second penalty to make it 6-0 after 17 minutes before Cyril Baille crashed out just after the quarter-final.
Ramos netted the extras to make it 13-0 with the Webb Ellis Trophy holders stunned.
Winger Cheslin Kolbe scored a penalty to make it 13-3 after 25 minutes to calm the nerves of the visitors.
Kolisi’s pre-match passion hit another level on the half hour mark as he rolled away from a rolling maul to slide, then celebrated by pointing skyward, before Kolbe scored the extra points to bring the score to 13-10.
With things well balanced and the Boks calmed down after du Toit’s red card, Ramos succeeded with a third penalty that made it 16-10 at the break.
Kolbe and Ramos exchanged penalties after the break as France led 19-13 with 35 minutes remaining.
Dupont then followed Du Toit as he eliminated Kolbe in the air from a spot kick by Faf de Klerk with the Boks camped inside the Blues’ 22m.
After a second lineout, Willie le Roux found Kurt-Lee Arendse with a sublime pass before Klerk’s scrum-half scored the conversion from the touchline to make it 20-19 with less than a half hour to play.
Dupont’s counterpart De Klerk, having taken over kicking duties from Kolbe, out for a head injury assessment, and Ramos traded shots on goal to put the score at 23-22 to set up a tense last quarter.
De Klerk was substituted before Damian Willemse made it 26-22 with a penalty.
After three pick and gos on the South African line, replacement prop Sipili Falatea dug in, two phases after his nephew Yoram Moefana broke the defensive line.
Barnes checked the try with his video referee before Ramos missed the conversion, leaving the score 27-26 with four minutes remaining.
France’s 12th consecutive win was sealed with less than two minutes on the clock as Ramos kicked in a 45m penalty to claim their place at next year’s World Cup.