France v South Africa, International Rugby Preview


The Stade de France is the venue for South Africa’s second November International when they take on the French on Saturday night and we take a look at the game from a betting angle.

France haven’t been in action since losing all 3 test matches away to New Zealand in mid-year.  The closest they got to the All Blacks was 13 points but there were certainly stages where they were competitive and looked capable of causing an upset.  They have now lost their last 4 test matches but their last home test was a 22-16 win over England in the Six Nations.  They were disappointing in last year’s November Internationals, losing to New Zealand and South Africa and drawing to Japan.

South Africa dominated for long periods against England at Twickenham last week and although they kept their opponents try-less, they failed to win the game going down 12-11.  Their previous test was a narrow 32-30 loss to the All Blacks in Pretoria but they will take heart from the fact that they did beat New Zealand on the road and they will be looking to have a better International campaign than last year when they went down to Ireland and Wales but did beat France and Italy.

South Africa have won their last 6 meetings against France, including their last two which have taken place in Paris in 2017 and 2013.  Points tend to be at a premium when these sides meet in France with no more than 35 points in each of their last 3 matches.


Betting – click here to bet

France 14/10

Draw 25/1

South Africa 13/20



France +3.5 at 9/10

South Africa -3.5 at 9/10


Suggested bet:  Winning Margin, South Africa by under 12.5 points at 15/10.

The Springboks do appear to have the edge here but their inability to finish last weekend was a concern and I am going to go with the more conservative stake and will look for them to win by 12 points or less.


Note:  Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change