It was almost déjà vu as the Springboks made it as difficult for themselves as they could against the French on Saturday.
It took a turnover on their try-line from Francois Louw with seconds to go and a few penalties before Bongi Mbonambi was at the end of the perfect lineout drive to snatch a win away from the French.
If we have to be brutally honest the Springboks were absolutely crap in the first sixty minutes of the match.
Faf De Klerk kicked most of the ball away and it was not so much that he kicked so much but that it was poor execution on his part.
With about 14 minutes to go Erasmus brought Flo on, he put Jantjies at ten and moved Pollard to inside center which change the Springboks game in total.
Suddenly they speeded up the game and we were looking like a team that have beaten the All Blacks earlier this year.
The Frenchs started the match controlling the game with he Springboks happy to defend and play a kick and pray game.
This did not work in our favour due to the fact that our kicking gam was again off the mark.
The French put a few penalties over with Pollard responding but just before halftime they got over for their first try with Guilhem Guirado going over to stretch the lead to 16-9.
This was also the halftime score and it did not look good for the Springboks.
Through a comedy of errors by the Boks at the start of the second half Bastareaud powered over for the French second try and a 23-9 lead.
The Springboks did respond through a try from Nkosi which started their comeback.
With a few penalties by Pollard who had a 100% kicking success on the night the Springboks came within 1 point of the French.
Faf de Klerk was penalised for a late tackle and the French stretch their lead to 26-22.
It looked like the Springboks had left it too late again but with a little bit of luck and some crucial lineouts Bongi got over in injury time to secure a 29-16 win.
It was surely a lucky escape for the Springboks and one must say it was not a good performance again for them as well.
Questions need to be asked about Rassie Erasmus game-plan. It cost us the test against England and almost cost us the game against the French.
Surely Rassie must have seen that we just not good enough to play a kicking game. As soon as we speed up the game we are able to bring in our game breakers and our quality back three.
We proof it throughout the year that when we do play towards our game breakers and wings we win games.
Next week Scotland awaits and we need to correct the mistakes we made against England and France now.
France: 15 Maxime Medard, 14 Teddy Thomas, 13 Mathieu Bastareaud, 12 Geoffrey Doumayrou, 11 Damian Penaud, 10 Camille Lopez, 9 Baptiste Serin, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Arthur Iturria, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 3 Cedate Gomes Sa, 2 Guilhem Guirado, 1 Jefferson Poirot
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Dany Priso, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Paul Gabrillagues, 20 Mathieu Babillot, 21 Antoine Dupont, 22 Anthony Belleau, 23 Gael Fickou
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe
Referee: Nigel Owens
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