The Springboks of South Africa defeated the hosts France 29-28 in a thrilling quarter-final match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris on Saturday.

France started the game brightly and took a 12-0 lead in the first 20 minutes, thanks to a try from Romain Ntamack and three penalties from Melvyn Jaminet.

However, the Springboks hit back with two tries of their own, from Makazole Mapimpi and Damian de Allende, to level the scores at 12-12 at half-time.

The second half was just as tight, with both teams exchanging penalties. The Springboks took the lead for the first time in the match in the 70th minute, thanks to a penalty from Damian Willemse.

France responded immediately with a try from Antoine Dupont, which was converted by Jaminet, to put the hosts back in front 28-25.

However, the Springboks had the final say of the match. They won a penalty in front of the posts in the 79th minute, and Willemse made no mistake to give the Springboks a 29-28 victory.

Highlights

Makazole Mapimpi and Damian de Allende score tries for the Springboks in the first half.
Antoine Dupont scores a try for France in the second half.
Damian Willemse kicks the winning penalty for the Springboks in the 79th minute.

Analysis

This was a thrilling match between two of the best teams in the world. France started the game better, but the Springboks showed great character to come back and win the match.

The Springboks' defense was particularly impressive in the second half, and they were able to keep France scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the match.

Conclusion

The Springboks defeated France 29-28 in a thrilling quarter-final match at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks will now face England in the semi-finals.

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