Rugby World Cup 2011

Boks wary of Samoa - Burger

2011-08-26 07:30
Schalk Burger (Gallo)

Cape Town - Springbok flank Schalk Burger says they will do their homework thoroughly before their group-stage clash with Samoa at the World Cup in New Zealand.

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Burger believes the Samoans will be a much tougher nut to crack than when the teams clashed at the previous tournament in France in 2007.

The Boks won that game 59-7, with wing Bryan Habana scoring four tries.

But that was four years ago, and this time round South Africa will face a team fresh from an upset win over Australia six weeks ago.

Samoa stunned the Wallabies 32-23 in Sydney in July.

Burger says while they are currently focused on their first game against Wales (on Sept 11), they will take due note of the threat the islanders could pose.

"They showed against the Aussies that they don't fear other teams anymore. We're not yet focusing on that game, but we will be dumb if we don't do our homework accurately on how to beat them," Burger told the Beeld newspaper.

Only one player in Samoa's group of 30, Ofisa Treviranus, plays his rugby in Samoa. The rest mainly play in France and England, which means they will be a fit and well conditioned group - who should by no means be underestimated.


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