FRENCH THREAT: Mathieu Bastareaud

The Springboks know they will face a different Franse Hane span from the one that toured South Africa earlier this year when the two sides clash at Stade de France on Saturday (9.45pm).
Back in June, the Boks won the home series comfortably - 3-0.

But assistant coach Franco Smith says the French won’t go down as easily on their own turf.

WARY: Bok coach Franco Smith

The backline boss explains: “They are definitely a much more determined side at home.

“Playing at 9 o’clock at night, it’s going to influence the ball and we’ll see how wet it’s going to be.”

Smith adds that they expect the French to run at them hard and singles out centre Mathieu Bastareaud as the one they need to stop in order to prevent the hosts from getting momentum in the encounter.

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Of the French attack, Smith says: “We expect that they will run really hard.

“Bastareaud brings a big threat, he gets them over the advantage line.

“Once they get go-forward ball, their big pack comes into play.

“Also, their young scrumhalf, and out-half they’ve got now are players that like to play on front-foot.

“We expect a slightly different wave of play than what we saw in the first part of the season.”

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