Ireland moved to the brink of the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals by beating reigning champions South Africa 13-8 in a low-scoring but thoroughly absorbing match at the Stade de France on Saturday.

The world's No. 1 ranked team showed they have what it takes to win the World Cup for the first time as they produced a statement victory.

Ireland absorbed near-constant pressure from the physically imposing South Africans and took their chances when they got them, while the Springboks' fly-half Manie Libbok spurned valuable kicking points.