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It would not have been fun for South African fans with dickey hearts, but for the long-term prospects of the Springboks their last-gasp win over France might have been the perfect way to achieve the positive result they were looking for.
The Boks were expected to beat France and had they won by a margin of say 10 points, it might have been regarded as a regulation win over a team that after all has only won twice since the South Africans were in Paris 12 months ago.
But having to dig deep and having to show the composure that was required to win off the last play of the game provided a pressure litmus test that could prove a significant moment in the development of this young team. You could see it in the emotion shown by the Boks as they celebrated afterwards.
This was a big moment for them and it made up for the disappointment of losing a game they should have won against England the previous week.
Just as the Boks experienced heartbreak at the end of the Twickenham match, so this...
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