Autumn International: South Africa beat France 19-10 in Paris
Last Updated: 23/11/13 10:44pm
South Africa secured their first victory in France for 16 years thanks to a 19-10 success in Paris as they ended their autumn international series undefeated.
JP Pietersen scored a try within the opening 90 seconds to silence the Stade de France crowd, with fly-half Morne Steyn kicking three penalties and a conversion before Patrick Lambie took over the duties at the end of the match with a penalty of his own.
Left winger Yoann Huget's try just before half-time gave the French hope after they trailed 13-0 a cut-up pitch.
Morgan Parra's conversion and Jean-Marc Doussain's late penalty was not enough for victory in a hard-fought match.
The win helped Heyneke Meyer's side close out the year with 10 wins from 12 tests and a first triumph over France in France since a 52-10 rout in 1997, while France's dismal season ends with eight defeats from 11 outings.
Pietersen had France rocking at the start of the match when he charged down France scrum-half Parra's kick to score the first try after just a minute, with Steyn converting to give the Springboks the perfect start.
Parra had the chance to cut the deficit from the penalty tee 10 minutes later but the Clermont Auvergne star slipped as he was striking the ball and put it wide.
Steyn, however, had no such trouble when he slotted his first penalty of the match to edge South Africa further ahead before soon adding another three points to the visitors' score after France collapsed a driving maul.
However, with the clock approaching half-time, France looked like they had scored through Huget who dived in at the left corner.
The television match official took a long time deliberating whether to award the score before advising referee Wayne Barnes the try could stand.
Parra stepped up to take the conversion from close to the left touchline and this time made no mistake as he rifled the ball through the centre of the posts to cut South Africa's lead to 13-7 at the break.
South Africa came close to moving further ahead at the start of the second half when Jaque Fourie raced through a hesitant France defence to cross, however the try was chalked off after the TMO ruled there had been a knock-on.
France survived again despite some terrible defence as Francois Louw was beaten to the ball by Huget as the pair slid over the whitewash together.
South Africa were awarded another penalty when France were caught offside, and Steyn did not hesitate to stretch his side's lead to 16-7.
Les Bleus were then reduced to 14 men after substitute prop Thomas Domingo was sent to the sin bin for a tip tackle on Boks wing Bryan Habana.
However, the one-man advantage was to be short-lived with South Africa forced to finish the match a man down after Louw was also shown a yellow card after he put his hand in the face of France lock Pascal Pape at the bottom of a ruck.
Doussain kicked the resulting penalty to move the score to 16-10 in South Africa's favour with seven minutes remaining.
South Africa made sure of the win, though, when France were again penalised for offside, with substitute Lambie kicking the penalty.