June 24, 2017 / 5:10 PM / a month ago

Rugby-Etzebeth leads from the front as Boks batter France

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JOHANNESBURG, June 24 (Reuters) - Lock Eben Etzebeth scored a try that epitomised the revival of South Africa following their disastrous 2016 as the Springboks made a clean-sweep of their three-match home series with France with a 35-12 victory at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Etzebeth, captaining the side after the late withdrawal of number eight Warren Whiteley, completed an excellent set-piece move to go with scores from centre Jesse Kriel, hooker Malcolm Marx and scrumhalf Rudy Paige.

All of France’s points came via the boot of flyhalf Jules Plisson, who kicked four penalties as they struggled against the physicality of the home side in an error-strewn performance.

The victory is a first ever for the Boks over France in five tests at Ellis Park, and comes after they lost eight of their 12 tests last year in what was the worst season in the country’s history. (Reporting By Nick Said,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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