France vs South Africa prediction and odds – Rugby World Cup

The 2023 Rugby World Cup quarter finals come to a close with another mouthwatering clash on Sunday evening as the hosts take on the holders at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis. Wales and Argentina alongside Ireland and France produced classic last eight fixtures on Saturday and we are expecting another tight contest between France and South Africa with the winners set to take on the victors in the England versus Fiji game.
France vs South Africa
Duane Vermeulen of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2023 South Africa RWC Training Captain Run Saturday14th October 2023. At the Stade Omnisport Croissy Chemin de Ronde Croissy sur Seine, France .Photo by -(Steve Haag Sports) – Photo by Icon sport
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We can expect the whole nation to be behind France in this match and the stadium itself is likely to be dominated by blue jerseys and chants of “ALLEZ LES BLEUS” throughout! But South Africa are not about to give up the Webb Ellis Cup without a fight and they will be tough opponents after picking up three wins across their four Pool B fixtures.

France vs South Africa match predictions

This will be the 46th France versus South Africa and the last three have all been remarkably close contests. Those watching across the globe, as well as in the stadium, should be in for a fantastic game if those previous matches are anything to go by! South Africa won 18-17 and 29-26, both times in Saint Denis in 2017 and 2018, with France triumphing the last time they met, 30-26, in Marseilles last November.

France to win with a 1 point handicap @1/1 (2.00)

We can expect a very tight match between France and South Africa and we are backing the hosts to be dragged over the finish line by a passionate home crowd. The Springboks have strength and power across their forwards and backs, but we are backing France to have enough, particularly with a one point advantage!

Damian Penaud to be the first try @ 9/1 (10.00)

With six tries in the tournament so far, Damian Penaud will be very hard to stop in Saint-Denis on Sunday evening. The winger has made 278 metres with the ball across the competition and has beaten 21 defenders in the process. He found the line inside 2 minutes in France’s crucial last match against Italy and we can expect him to quickly come out of the traps on Sunday evening.

France vs South Africa preview – Two great teams with home advantage the key

France come into this game as the group winners with South Africa the runners up in Pool B. But of course that counts for nothing when the referee blows the whistle for starters orders on Sunday evening. Expect the teams to be well matched throughout this game and it may well only be a couple of points which decides the contest.


With wins over New Zealand, Italy, Uruguay and Namibia during the group stage, France come into this quarter final with a 100% record in the tournament. Yes, there is an added pressure as the hosts of the competition but the possibility of France winning their first ever Rugby World Cup is very much on at the moment. A win on Sunday will make it eight victories on the bounce!

South Africa

Giving up the Rugby World Cup trophy is not something which any team does lightly and we are expecting South Africa to fight for every ball and tackle throughout this game. Their only defeat in the tournament came against Ireland who won by five points and they will come into this match with a great deal of self belief. Tonga were seen off by a score of 49-18 in their final group stage fixture, that’s the most amount of points that South Africa have conceded in this campaign and they will need to be at their best defensively in this match.
Stade de France
General View of Stade de France during the Rugby World Cup 2023 quarter final match between Ireland and New Zealand at Stade de France on October 14, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Hugo Pfeiffer/Icon Sport)
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France vs South Africa match details

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