Samoa see Red as South Africa hang on to win

South Africa held on to beat a determined and spirited Samoan team 13-5 at North Harbour Stadium in their Pool D clash to make them Pool D winners.

The Samoans saw most of the ball in the second half, but full-back Paul Williams was shown a red card for foul play, however to break their momentum in search of an upset win.

Replacement frontrow forward John Smit was also carded for what referee Nigel Owens viewed as a deliberate knock-down.

After a frantic start to the match, wing Bryan Habana opened the scoring for South Africa with a superb finish in the corner in the ninth minute.

The five-pointer was a culmination of the solid rolling mauls the Boks delivered from line-out play and their continuity with ball in hand.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn, who had earlier missed a drop-goal, made up for it by slotting the touchline conversion.

While several off-the-ball incidents, including numerous handbag punches between the tight forwards, reflected the intensity of the contest, the defending champions were more composed.

Midway through the first half, centre Frans Steyn extended his team’s lead to 10 points when he put a 55-metre penalty between the posts.

The Samoans stuck to their fearless approach against a solid South African defence, but were found wanting at the breakdown where Heinrich Brussow and Bismarck du Plessis made life extremely difficult for them.

Morne Steyn converted his first penalty of the night in the 27th minute to give the Boks a 13-0 lead at the break.

The Pacific islanders did not give up the fight, however, and were rewarded for their efforts when eighthman George Stowers barged over the tryline after a period of sustained pressure in the second period.

Still on the wing, Samoa came within inches of scoring their second try when David Lemi broke through from inside his own half, only to be stopped by the frantic Springbok scramble defence.

Samoa’s centres, Eliota Fiumaona Sapolu and Seilala Mapusua, were at the heart of their impressive attacking play, while full-back Patrick Lambie, who stood his ground against some of the biggest men in world rugby, stood out for the title holders.

While Samoa may have won plenty of new fans for their performance they take nothing from the match as they failed to finish within 7 points.

South Africa however become the second team to qualify for the quarter finals and will play the runner up of Pool C – most likely Australia next week.

Man of the match was awarded to Schalk Burger but the announcement was met with strong disagreement from the crowd at the match.

Final Score South Africa 13 (13) Samoa 5 (0)


South Africa
Tries: Habana
Penalties: Steyn, Steyn
Conversions: Steyn
Cards : John Smit (Yellow)

Tries: Stowers
Cards : Paul Williams (Red)

Match Officials
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Stuart Terheege (England)
Television match official: Graham Hughes (England)


South Africa:

Pat Lambie, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Frans Steyn, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Pierre Spies, Schalk Burger, Heinrich Brussow, Victor Matfield (captain), Danie Rossouw, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Reserves: John Smit, Gurthro Steenkamp, CJ van der Linde, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Francois Hougaard, Jean de Villiers.


Paul Williams, David Lemi, Seilala Mapusua, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, Alesana Tuilagi, Tusi Pisi, Kahn Fotuali’i; George Stowers, Maurie Fa’asavalu, Taiasina Tuifu’a, Kane Thompson, Daniel Leo, Census Johnston, Mahonri Schwalger (captain), Sakaria Taulafo.

Reserves: Ole Avei, Anthony Perenise,

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