Pretoria - Bryan Habana took his Test try total to 50 on Saturday as South
Africa defeated a 14-man Samoa side 56-23 at a chilly Loftus Versfeld to win the
four-nation tournament final.
As it happened: South Africa v Samoa
The right-wing scored a try in each
half as the Springboks overcame a slow start to lead 32-9 at half-time
and the red carding of Samoa left-wing Alesana Tuilagi for a stiff arm
tackle on the hour mark ended the game as a contest.
Habana saw his hopes of a hat-trick dashed 10 minutes from the final
whistle when he deliberately knocked on as Samoa threatened to score and
spent the rest of the match in the sin bin.
Morne Steyn had a couple of early penalty chances and after planting
the first between the posts, the other drifted just left.
James So'oialo levelled with his first kick at goal and Samoa were
unlucky not to go ahead when a brilliant break by flyhalf Tusi Pisi was
thwarted by a try-saving tackle from scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar.
So'oialo penalty nudged the Pacific islanders in front only for the
Springboks to hit back soon after with Habana claiming the first of four
South Africa kicked two penalties to the
corner, won the resulting lineouts and when the ball sped along the
line, fullback Willie le Roux was up to send Habana over far out.
playing on his home ground, converted and also added the extra points
after flank Francois Louw touched down as Samoa proved helpless when
South Africa launched one of their most potent weapons - the driving
The loss of centre Johnny Leota with concussion and
tighthead prop Logovi'i Mulipola to the sin bin did not help the
visitors' cause and the home side took advantage.
Steyn landed a
penalty, but failed to convert a try by centre JJ Engelbrecht, who
shrugged off several less-than-convincing tackles to touch down for his
second try of the tournament.
So'oialo slotted a third penalty off
a rare visit to the green-and-gold half, but South Africa struck again
with left-wing Bjorn Basson going over in the corner and Steyn converted
for a 23-point half-time advantage.
Samoa entered the second half
desperate for points and got them within seven minutes when good ball
retention off a tap penalty allowed lock Filo Paulo to go over and
The fullback had a let-off soon after when,
with the crowd baying for a yellow card, he got away with a warning from
the French referee for using his hands in an "indecent manner" when
grabbing hooker Adriaan Strauss.
"Off, off, off" chanted the crowd
within minutes as Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers was the victim of
a dangerous tackle by giant Tuilagi, who was red carded after the
referee consulted the television match official.
Worse was to
follow for the islanders as South Africa won a lineout, set up a maul,
and Pienaar darted for the line before sending Habana over in the corner
Tuilagi should have been guarding.
A man down on the field and
37-6 down on the scoreboard with a quarter of the Test to go, Samoa knew
the game was up and Steyn, Louw and replacement prop Trevor Nyakane
added tries, two of which substitute Patrick Lambie converted.
crumb of comfort for the demoralised Samoans was a try off a clever
lineout manoeuvre from substitute forward Junior Poluleuligaga, which
skipper and centre Paul Williams converted.
Tries: Bryan Habana (2), Francois Louw (2), JJ Engelbrecht, Bjorn Basson, Morne Steyn, Trevor Nyakane
Conversions: Steyn (3), Pat Lambie (2)
Penalties: Steyn (2)
Tries: Filo Paulo, Junior Poluleuligaga
Conversions: James So'oialo, Paul Williams
Penalties: So'oialo (3)