France outplayed SA Schools 28-21 at Stellenberg High School near Cape Town in an exciting match that concluded the second round of the Aon International U18 Series on Tuesday. Both teams scored three tries during the match, but the first half effort from the French, in which they rallied up 14 points, proved crucial.
Earlier in the day Wales outlasted England, winning 26-20.
The third leg of the series will be played at SACS, Newlands on Saturday, when SA Schools face England and Wales front up to the French.
SA Schools coach, Sean Erasmus, said afterwards he was disappointed in the result, but happy with the improvements shown by the squad, which saw 11 changes to the one that managed a 43-40 win over Wales on Friday.