The final match of Day 1 pitted series-leading South Africa against a French side that looks set to claim the second seed from Pool A. History stood strongly on the side of South Africa, having won forty-five of fifty-one encounters. For almost four minutes, France proved impenetrable, but a narrowly avoided interception ended with Justin Geduld in for the first-half try. South Africa soon added another from a textbook offload by Geduld to Rosko Specman in support. The chip-shot conversion for Geduld made it 12–0. A chaotic restart where, the ball just kept bouncing South Africa’s way, ended the half with a second unconverted try for Geduld.
In the second half, the Blitzbokke looked content to take the air out of the ball and work methodically to preserve the lead and build upon it should the opportunity present. Three minutes in, South Africa found just such an opportunity, stretching the lead to 24–0. Thirty seconds remaining, the talismanic Werner Kok added a fifth try. Despite time for one more kickoff, the outcome remained unchanged.
Final Score: South Africa 31, France 0.