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Meyer says Springboks got the basics right

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has praised his team for getting the basics right

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Article Published: Saturday 22 June 2013

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has praised Francois Louw and Willem Alberts and said that got the basics right in their 56-23 victory over Samoa at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday.

The South African team won the final of a four nation rugby tournament when they beat Samoa after Scotland beat Italy in the earlier match to take third place.

"I thought Francois Louw and Willem Alberts brought a lot of physicality to the game and Francois was brilliant on the loose ball - I knew he was going to play a great game," Meyer said after the match.

"But this is a team sport and a team effort and I am very happy and proud of the whole team."

Meyer earlier this week had said their struggles against Scotland were due to a lack of quick ball.

The South Africans made up for it in abundance against Samoa which translated into the eight tries they scored on the evening.

The Bok coach praised the team for the way they made the step-up this week and for physically stamping their authority on the Samoans.

"I could see even before the team talk the guys were really focused and I asked them the whole week for a physical performance."

Samoa took the game to South Africa from the word go as they attacked the gainline with speed and intensity but the Springboks were up to the task on defence.

Despite two early handling errors, fullback Willie le Roux played a pivotal role for South Africa on attack as he regained his confidence.

He had a hand in all the tries as he came into the line at speed and set up the players on his outside with well-weighted passes.

South Africa opened the scoring with flyhalf Morne Steyn converting a penalty three minutes of the match.

Samoa levelled the scores in the 11th minute when fullback James So'oialo succeeded with his kick at goal. Four minutes later, he lined up another penalty to hand his side the lead.

Winger Bryan Habana claimed the first try, providing the spark which saw the Boks play with greater freedom.

They were clinical at the breakdowns, allowing quick ball to the backline.

In the 25th minute, South Africa's driving maul from a lineout again paid dividends as Louw controlled the ball from the back of the maul to score.

Steyn converted the try to extend the lead to 17-6.

In the 10 minutes Logovi'I Mulipola was sidelined for a second yellow-card, South Africa added a penalty conversion and a try as JJ Engelbrecht showed great individual skill for his five-pointer.

The outside centre survived three tackles and sidestepped another to get over the advantage line and score (25-9).

Shortly before half-time, Bok winger Bjorn Basson scored the fourth try of the evening when he received a skip pass from Le Roux to touch down in the left-hand corner.

Steyn converted giving South Africa a 32-9 advantage at break.

Samoa finally opened their try-scoring account in the 47th minute, after a tap penalty allowed lock Teofilo Paulo to go over with So'oialo converting (32-16).

The tourists suffered another debilitating blow when physical winger Alesana Tuilagi received a red card for a stiff arm tackle on Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.

A minute later, Habana scored a milestone 50th try for his country as Ruan Pienaar broke to the blindside, offloading to the winger who scored in the right-hand corner.

While Steyn's kick for the conversion went wide, he made up for it crossing the whitewash seven minutes later to extend the lead to 42-23.

Habana was yellow-carded for a deliberate knockdown 10 minutes before the end of the match and, in his absence, Samoa scored a second try with Junior Poluleuligaga going over. Paul Williams converted to take the scores to 42-23.

South Africa finished strongly as Louw scored his brace in the 76th minute and Trevor Nyakane went over for his first five-pointer in the Bok jersey in the 80th minute.

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