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Siya Kolisi scores a try
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Fact, regrettably: these Springboks are now slipping dangerously close to a poorly-on-paper 50 percent win record in 2022.

Saturday night's dramatic 30-26 defeat to France in frenzied Marseille saw them come up short for a second successive week on tour and be left nursing a 6/11 record for the calendar year ... with the weekend’s Australian slayers, Italy, next on the radar.

But the outcome also told you nothing about how gallant and resurgent the Webb Ellis Cup-holders looked for large portions of this highly watchable encounter; there were few reasons for widespread despondency in the dressing room.

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