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Springboks beat France in first Test of season

Springboks have opened their 2017 international season with a 37-14 win over France.

Loftus erupts as Jan Serfontein outfoxes French cover defines following breaks by Francois Hougi and Andries Coetzee. Picture: Twitter/@Springboks.

CAPE TOWN - Springboks have opened their 2017 international season with a 37-14 win over France.

The magnitude of a winning start to the Springboks' 2017 Test season cannot be underestimated. With optimism around the Bok camp at an all time low, Allister Coetzee will know that nothing less than a win will please the Bok supporters.

Last season’s loss against a 14-man Irish side in Cape Town set the tone for the rest of the year, which saw the Boks win four of their 12 Tests, including an embarrassing maiden loss to Italy.

While Coetzee bemoaned the lack of preparation time last year, the French players have just come out of a bruising European season and face exactly that issue, which undoubtedly favours the home team.

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