The breakdowns and lineouts proved to be problematic for South Africa in the first half, which handed France several attacking opportunities, and with their forwards dominating, they capitalised on their chances. Aided by a series of errors at crucial times by South Africa in the second half, the visitors suffered their second defeat of the tournament.
Such was the dominance of the French pack in the first half they earned four tries, while the backs used their slick passing skills to score a try of their own for a total of five in the first half.
France’s determined efforts on attack paid off in the 12th minute with their number eight Safi N’Daye earning a pushover try from a scrum 5m from the tryline to hand her side a 5-0 lead.
The French forwards again stamped their authority in the 23rd minute when they were awarded a penalty try. A third try was added minutes through some more good play from the forwards.
With their drives functioning well, France again opted for a maul after working their way close to South Africa’s tryline and lock Assa Koita crossed the line to inflate their lead to 24-0.
Christelle Leduff scored their fifth try of the half in the 35th minute after getting quick ball and spreading it smartly to breach the defence.
A solitary score in the 39th minute through a penalty from flyhalf Zenay Jordaan would be the only points for the Bok women in the match.
At the break, France led 31-3.
The French forwards continued to force their way onto the front foot in the second half as N’Daye again powered her way over the tryline after gaining the ball from a scrum.
The Bok Women continued to find themselves on the back foot as France secured quality ball from a scrum and then spread the ball out wide to take advantage of an overlap for their seventh try and a 41-3 lead.
With the final whistle nearing, French centre Elodie Poublan collected a flick pass and cruised to the tryline to stretch their score to 48-3.
France continued to inflict damage until the final whistle as left wing Camille Grassineau collected the ball from a ruck and sprinted to the open tryline to secure a morale-boosting 55-3 victory.
Scorers: South Africa 3 (3) — Penalty: Zenay Jordaan.
France 55 (31) – Tries: Safi N’Daye (2), Penalty Try, Assa Koita, Laetitia Salles, Christelle Leduff (2), Elodie Poublan, Camille Grassineau. Conversions: Christelle Leduff (5).