• Short Summary

    SOUTH AFRICA RETAINED ITS UNBEATEN INTERNATIONAL RUGBY UNION RECORD ON FRENCH SOIL ON SATURDAY (30 NOVEMBER) WITH A NARROW AND UNSPECTACULAR VICTORY OVER THE FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM IN PARIS.

  • Description

    SOUTH AFRICA RETAINED ITS UNBEATEN INTERNATIONAL RUGBY UNION RECORD ON FRENCH SOIL ON SATURDAY (30 NOVEMBER) WITH A NARROW AND UNSPECTACULAR VICTORY OVER THE FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM IN PARIS.

    THE FINAL SCORE -- 10-8 -- REPRESENTED TWO PENALTY GOALS AND A TRY BY THE SPRINGBOKS, AGAINST TWO FRENCH TRIES. THE FRENCH INABILITY TO CONVERT THEIR HARD-WON TRIES COST THEM THE GAME, THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN TOUR.

    FOR THE WHOLE OF THE FIRST HALF, THE SOUTH AFRICANS WERE PINNED BACK NEAR THEIR OWN 25-YARD LINE BY A SINGULARLY DETERMINED FRENCH FIFTEEN. THEIR SOLID DEFENCE HELD THE FRENCH TO A SINGLE TRY -- BUT A TRY BRILLIANTLY TAKEN AFTER 19 MINUTES BY WINGER JEAN-FRANCCIS GOURDON. THE SCORE REMAINED 4-0 TO FRANCE UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE OF THE HALF, WHEN SPRINGBOK STAND-OFF-HALF GERALD BOSCH BROUGHT THE SOUTH AFRICAN TEAM UP TO ONLY ONE POINT BEHIND WITH A LONG 45-YARD PENALTY GOAL.

    THE SOUTH AFRICANS WENT INTO HE SECOND HALF WITH NEW-FOUND CONFIDENCE AND FOR 15 MINUTES HAMMERED AWAY AT THE FRENCH DEFENCE. FRANCE HELD WELL, AND SEEMED TO BE GETTING THE UPPER HAND ONCE MORE, WHEN SPRINGBOK WILLEM STAPELBURG RACED THROUGH A RARE GAP IN THE FRENCH DEFENCE TO TOUCH DOWN ... AND PUT THE SOUTH AFRICANS AHEAD.

    FRANCE PUSHED BACK HARD AND FAST AND TWICE CAME WITHIN INCHES OF SCORING ... AND FINALLY CLAUDE DOURTHE GAVE THEM THE TRY THEY SOUGHT. BUT IT WAS NOT ENOUGH. GERALD BOSCH HAD PUT ANOTHER PENALTY GOAL AWAY FOR THE SOUTH AFRICANS, AND DESPITE RENEWED AND VIGOUROUS FRENCH ATTACKS, THE FINAL SCORE REMAINED 10-8 FOR THE SPRINGBOKS.

    THE SPRINGBOK VISIT TO FRANCE HAS SPARKED OFF PROTESTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS FROM ANTI-APARTHEID SUPPORTERS. ON THE EVE OF SATURDAY'S GAME, OVER 1,500 PEOPLE, LED BY THE FRENCH ANTI-RACIAL MOVEMENT, HELD A NIGHT MARCH THROUGH PARIS IN PROTEST AGAINST THE TOUR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5L4LVB7L0N7V7GE4I5S3KB0YD
    Media URN:
    VLVA5L4LVB7L0N7V7GE4I5S3KB0YD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/12/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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