In the last match of the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup in France, defending champions South Africa defeated hosts France 1-29 to reach the semi-finals for the third consecutive tournament.
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The match between world No. 1 France, who won Pool A in the first round with four consecutive wins, and world No. 4 South Africa, who had a 2-3 record in Pool B, took place in Saint-Denis on 1 September.
Defending champions South Africa scored the opening try against hosts France in the first four minutes, but four minutes later, winger Kirtley Arenza broke out of his team's high ballistic kick to score a try.
The first half was a close match where both teams scored three tries each, and South Africa took a 3-15 lead.
In the second half, France scored a penalty goal to extend their lead, but in the 4th minute of the second half, lock Eben Etzbeth pressed in with power to score a try due to a foul by the opponent, and the following kick turned the game around, giving South Africa a 4-3 victory.
South Africa, who have reached the last four of the World Cup for the third consecutive time, will meet England, whom they faced in the final of the previous World Cup, again in the semi-finals on 19 June.
France, on the other hand, showed their presence in attack and defence after captain Antoine Dupont returned after undergoing surgery after breaking his face in the first round, but they fell short of their long-awaited first title at hometown.