CAPE TOWN South Africa secured a 3-0 series whitewash of France with a 35-12 victory at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Springbok tries from Jesse Kriel, Eben Etzebeth, Malcolm Marx and Rudy Paige proved too much for France who got on the board courtesy of four penalties from Jules Plisson.

Crucial to the Boks victory was their dominance at the breakdown area and their uncompromising defence.

The French managed to upset the Bok scrum and lineout but had no try to show for their efforts as they ran out of steam in the second half exposing their lack of stamina.

With a convincing series win under the belt, the Springboks have gone some way in exorcising the demons of yesteryear, in which they lost a record eight out of 12 games.

Allister Coetzee has delivered on a SARU ultimatum which demanded he win the series 3-0 in order to keep his job. But Coetzee will be the first to admit the French were below-par throughout the series and that the Boks’ real test will come in the Rugby Championship beginning in August.


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