Rugby World Cup 2011

SA to target Samoan set pieces

2011-09-27 14:19
Pierre Spies (File)

Taupo - The Springboks have hinted they will target the Samoan set pieces when they clash in their final Pool D game at North Harbour Stadium on Friday.

Click to BUY the new Drifta Mobile USB Decoder

Up front, Bok coach Peter de Villiers has opted for an all new front row - backed-up by three front-rowers on the bench - and the added skills lock Victor Matfield will bring to the South African lineouts.

Matfield is returning from a hamstring injury to captain the side after missing out on their previous two matches.

"It is really a great privilege. It is a really important game for us so hopefully we can go out there and be very successful," said Matfield, who will be captaining a World Cup side for the first time.

"I think if you play any of the island teams, set pieces are very important. I think if you give them too much ball they are very dangerous, so that is one thing we are definitely focusing on."

He takes over the captain’s arm band from John Smit.

Bok eighthman, Pierre Spies, also hinted where they will aim to target the Samoans.

"We are focusing on the set pieces and believe we can take them on in that area. The same applies at the breakdown. We'll have to exert pressure there," Spies told Die Burger newspaper.

The burly No 8 is nevertheless wary of the threat the Samoans could pose.

"They still have physical players, good skills, and if you add a good game plan to that, then Samoa are a dangerous team," said Spies.

De Villiers gave an indication that the team announced on Tuesday is more or less the one he would look to field for the remainder of the tournament.

"It is now the first time since our first game that we had the privilege to select a team from, at this moment, 29 fit players," said De Villiers.

"We always knew that this will be the players that will be in the mix, starting or on the bench. It is just to get the right blend."

Another important decision was to keep utility back Frans Steyn at the centre position he occupied in South Africa's winning World Cup team.

This means that Jean de Villiers is expected to make his return from injury from the bench.

"A guy like Frans (Steyn) deserved another chance. He actually played very well and if you look at the Namibian game he was the only player who took us over the gain-line in the first half when things didn’t go too well."

Further changes to the Springbok backline include the return of Fourie du Preez at scrumhalf, while JP Pietersen was selected to wear the number 14 jersey ahead of Gio Aplon.

De Villiers said it was a big boost to have a man of Matfield’s experience back in the second row for this match.


South Africa:

15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 CJ van der Linde, 19 Willem Alberts, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Jean de Villiers



* Click HERE for the latest RWC odds on BET.CO.ZA


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Pool A


Pool B


Pool C


Pool D

Tank Lanning

Lessons learnt from RWC 2011

2011-10-26 16:45

A few vital life lessons from Tank Lanning's recent trip to New Zealand for the Rugby World Cup quarter and semi-finals. Read More

Rugby World Cup Wallpapers

Download your favourite RWC wallpaper here




Showers late. Afternoon clouds. Mild.



Current Conditions

Taking into account where it will be held, the likely player retirements and new coaches in charge, which team looks best-placed to mount a challenge to the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England?


Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.