Last-gasp try gives Springboks a comeback win over France

SKY SPORTSouth Africa snatch victory at the death against France in Paris with try in 85th minute.

Replacement hooker Mbongeni Mbonami crashed over in the 85th minute after the Springboks had had a try disallowed for a forward pass, but got a reprieve because referee Nigel Owens had been playing a penalty advantage in Paris on Saturday (Sunday NZ time).

France led 16-9 at halftime after three penalties by Baptiste Serin, a dropped goal to Camille Lopez and a try to skipper Guilhem Guirado, who evaded the tackle of his South African hooker counterpart Malcolm Marx.

South Africa's Bongi Mbonambi celebrating his try last-gasp try that snatched victory for the Springboks.
APSouth Africa’s Bongi Mbonambi celebrating his try last-gasp try that snatched victory for the Springboks.

The home side got a great break when centre Mathieu Bastareaud scored in the 41st minute.

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But the Springboks forced their way back into contention with a try to Sibusiso Nkosi and three Handre Pollard penalties.

Serin’s boot meant France still had a four-point lead going into the final minute, but their ill-discipline proved costly as they conceded penalties and found themselves facing a lineout 5m from their line.

Eventually, the pressure told.

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The Springboks rejoice in Paris, while France can hardly believe they've lost.
APThe Springboks rejoice in Paris, while France can hardly believe they’ve lost.
France's Guilhem Guirad runs past South Africa's Malcolm Marx to score his team's first try.
APFrance’s Guilhem Guirad runs past South Africa’s Malcolm Marx to score his team’s first try.

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