The XV of France has long believed to hold the feat that would clear a year 2018 dull. But the hopes of the Blues flew four minutes after the siren, when Bongi Mbonambi sealed the success of South Africa (26-29). On the wire. A cruel denouement that recalls that of the last France-Ireland here last February, especially since the men of Jacques Brunel, instead of restoring their coat of arms, suffered their fifth defeat of rank.

Nothing was easy against rough Springboks, never really far behind the score. Or not long. Thus, when Mathieu Bastareaud scored, after the locker room, the second French test (42), after that of Guilhem Guirado (37), it did not take a minute to Sbu Nkosi to reduce the gap after a foul Sébastien Vahaamahina's hand. And Bongi Mbonambi to sanction the defensive largesse of the Blue, at the very end of the match.

The test that crucifies the Blues

Missed bet, therefore, for this renewed team – only two holders, Thomas and Maestri, played the last test of June against the Blacks.

Upcoming events of this autumn tour, against Argentina (17 November) and Fiji (24 November).

The key numbers

7. By losing this Saturday, the Blues conceded their 7th consecutive loss to South Africans. We must go back to November 13, 2009 to find the trace of a French success against the Springbocks (20-13).

13. The number of defeats in a row against Southern nations (excluding Argentina).

2. Jacques Brunel's winning streak at the head of the Blues remains stuck in two in nine games (seven losses) since his nonination ten months ago to replace Guy Novès. Against Italy (34-17) and England (22-16) at the last 6 Nations Tournament.

5. Guilhem Guirado and Mathieu Bastareaud scored their fifth try under the tricolor jersey. The first in 61 selections and the second in 48 capes.


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