Nervy Boks get French gift

Tank Lanning

Handre Pollard tried his best to lose the game for the Boks in Paris by missing three penalties and a conversion for a miserable goal kicking success rate of just 43%, but if the truth be told, this game was lost by France through the poor execution of a risky game plan.

The Boks blew hot and cold on a crisp Parisian evening, with enough of the former to deliver a much better performance to the one seen against the Irish in Dublin a week ago, but I think it would be fair to say that they are without doubt still finding their feet.

Rate the Boks and WIN

The home side were clearly intent on moving the big Bok around the park, as can be seen by the 17 offloads to the 10 from the Boks. Man mountain Mathieu Bastareaud, traditionally used as a battering ram, lead the charge with 3 offloads.

They made 25 more carries than the visitors, but a metre less per carry than the Boks – more evidence of their want to give the ball air. Les Bleus also kicked 9 times less than the Boks, carving off a whopping 15 metres less per kick, no doubt aiming for shorter contestable kicks given the visitor’s shaky game under the high ball.

The chosen strategy came close to working, but for the coach killing 35 handling errors!

Eben Etzebeth (17 carries) and Malcolm Marx (14 carries) again lead the charge for the visitors, sometimes overdoing it as the game cried out for some width. But with flyhalf Pollard controlling the game via 11 mostly astute kicks from hand, the Boks made more judicial use of their 52% territory and 54% possession.

It was nervy, it was a bit lucky, but it certainly was a bit better.

A look at all the match stats:

Match information:

Points: FRA 17-18 SA

Tries: FRA 2-2 SA

Goal kicking %: FRA 60% – 43% SA

Possession: FRA 48% – 52% SA

Territory: FRA 46% – 54% SA

Ball in play: 45 minutes


Attacking stats:

Ball Carries: FRA 165-140 SA

Metres run: FRA 884-876 SA

Metres per carry: FRA 5.3-6.3 SA

Line breaks: FRA 6-4 SA

Tackle breaks: FRA 13-8 SA

Passes: FRA 206-209 SA

Good Passes: FRA 176-187 SA

Offloads: FRA 17-10 SA

Rucks won: FRA 107-110 SA

Rucks lost: FRA 6-4 SA

Mauls won: FRA 1-7 SA

Turnovers conceded: FRA 17-9 SA


Defensive stats:

Turnovers won: FRA 4-5 SA

Tackles made: FRA 178-187 SA

Tackles missed: FRA 20-28 SA

Tackle success: FRA 91% – 88% SA

Tackle turnover: FRA 3-1 SA

Dominant tackles: FRA 22-27 SA


Kicking stats:

Kicks from hand: FRA 16-25 SA

Metres kicked: FRA 295-830 SA

Metres per kick: FRA 18-33 SA


Error stats:

Handling errors: FRA 35-21 SA

Penalties conceded: FRA 4-4 SA


First phase stats:

Lineouts won: FRA 6-9 SA

Lineouts stolen: FRA 1-1 SA

Scrums won: FRA 2-4 SA

Scrums lost: FRA 0-0 SA

Own kickoff won: FRA 1-2 SA

Own kickoff lost: FRA 5-4 SA

CLICK HERE for the full match and player stats from the game, or CLICK HERE for in depth stats from the entire Bok EOYT.

- Tank Lanning

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  • Max

    A Win is win. Move on . Next game. Win in Italy.

    • Johan

      Don’t agree, yes we won, but we played terrible rugby.
      We only won, because France was worse.

      I think France tried to copy the Irish game plan, that is why they averaged a whopping 15 metres less per kick, they tried more contestable kicks.

      They just weren’t as accurate with the plan.

      Pollard was very terrible, most of his kicks were straight down the throats of the opposition and he clearly needs more game time, to get some form.

      As to “Pollard controlling the game” with:
      52% Territory
      54% Possession.

      In the Ireland game Jantjies clearly didn’t control the game, as we had
      61% Territory
      54% Possession

      I am honestly starting to think the abuse is racism…

      The only good thing in the game was Venter, who played his heart out.

  • Peter

    And then get whipped by Wales as well

  • Fanie

    It was better because France is weak at present.

  • Lions Fan '82

    France was shockingly poor, they gifted us that game. And we only just pipped them by one point, showing we were just as poor.
    Now we have some “ysters” with injuries and possibly missing against Italy. Bongi to start, and no Etzebeth, if that’s the case we can expect another very close game against Italy. If they find any form against us we’re in trouble again.
    Will a 2nd loss to Italy gaurentee that AC gets the boot???

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