Rugby World Cup 2011

Samoa aim for 'public holiday'

2011-09-29 12:18
Kane Thompson (File)





Cape Town - Samoa's lock Kane Thompson says they are determined to topple the Springboks and cause a major upset in their last Rugby World Cup group clash.

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The two teams meet at the North Harbour Stadium on Friday in a game with an awful lot at stake for both sides.

Samoa could cause arguably the upset of the tournament by knocking the defending champions out if they win with a bonus point and the Boks fail to gain any points. The South Africans will then in all likelihood head home if Wales also bag a full compliment of points in their clash against Fiji.

And Thompson says they will go all-out in their quest to down the Springboks.

"It will definitely be declared as an extra public holiday in Samoa if we knock South Africa out," Thompson said tongue-in-cheek, speaking to Die Burger newspaper.

"We view it as a chance to cause a massive upset and to reach the quarter-finals. It's a nice opportunity and will be more special if we could do it by knocking the world champions out."

The game in Albany kicks off at 09:30 SA time on Friday.

Teams:

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

Samoa:
15 Paul Williams, 14 David Lemi, 13 Seilala Mapusua, 12 Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Kahn Fotuali'i, 8 George Stowers, 7 Maurie Faasavalu, 6 Taiasina Tuifua, 5 Kane Thompson, 4 Daniel Leo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Mahonri Schwalger (captain), 1 Sakaria Taulafo

Substitutes: 16 Ole Avei, 17 Anthony Perenise, 18 Logovi'i Mulipola, 19 Ofisa Treviranus, 20 Filipo Lavea Levi, 21 Junior Poluleuligaga, 22 George Pisi

 

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