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#RSA 46-6 #SAM. #RWC2015 report by @Busfield & @Sambruce86 here: http://t.co/nPoTbMY7Oi and stats here: pic.twitter.com/8TRvmyHN0B— ESPN Scrum.com (@espnscrum) September 26, 2015
#RSA 46-6 #SAM. #RWC2015 report by @Busfield & @Sambruce86 here: http://t.co/nPoTbMY7Oi and stats here: pic.twitter.com/8TRvmyHN0B
HABANA NA NA NA ! TRY to finish it of in style! #RSA 46-6 #SAM #RSAvSAM
#RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/GUJpW3Dscm— Score Feed (@score_feeds) September 26, 2015
HABANA NA NA NA ! TRY to finish it of in style! #RSA 46-6 #SAM #RSAvSAM
FULL TIME AT VILLA PARK
A far better performance by South Africa, this will surely build their confidence.
South Africa 46 Samoa 6
80' +5 - CONVERSION slotted by Lambie
South Africa 46 Samoa 6
80' +3 ' - TRY to the Springboks!
Kolisi won the turnover, the ball was moved very quickly to the left and Habana was away!
South Africa 44 Samoa 6
78' - TRY to Petersen!
That's his third! He gets over in the right-hand corner again after the Boks went close with a maul. The ball came out to the right and Petersen was in.
Springboks 39 Samoa 6
73' - SPRINGBOK SUB
Du Preez is replaced by Pienaar.
72' - SPRINGBOK SUB
De Villiers is replaced by Lambie.
70' - TRY to the Springboks!
The Bok maul is unstoppable and Britz is the man with the try! That's the bonus point!
Springboks 34 Samoa 6
67' - SPRINGBOK SUB
Burger is replaced by Kolisi.
Strauss is replaced by Brits.
62' - SPRINGBOK SUB
Mtawarira is replaced by Nyakane
57' - TRY to the Springboks!
Burger has forced his way over for the Springbok's third try!
Springbok 29 Samoa 6
54' - SPRINGBOK SUB
De Jager replaces Matfield.
53' - SPRINGBOK SUB
Du Plessis is replaced by Malherbe.
52' - Another ruck penalty for Samoa. Stanley has another shot at goal, this from right in front. Again he misses away to the right.
49' - SPRINGBOK SUB
De Allende is replaced by Kriel.
48' - CONVERSION slotted by Pollard!
Springboks 24 Samoa 6
47' - TRY to the Springboks!
Petersen has his second in the right-hand corner after quick hand by Le Roux and particularly captain, de Villiers!
Springboks 22 Samoa 6
Half-time: #RSA 17-6 #SAM. Follow the action live with @Busfield & @Sambruce86 http://t.co/tOvLRN3WOj pic.twitter.com/kIfgMk5KJw— ESPN Scrum.com (@espnscrum) September 26, 2015
Half-time: #RSA 17-6 #SAM. Follow the action live with @Busfield & @Sambruce86 http://t.co/tOvLRN3WOj pic.twitter.com/kIfgMk5KJw
Boks showing proper intent a the breakdown, kicking better tactically. Thus looking much better#Rugbyriddles— The Niels Momberg (@nielspm) September 26, 2015
Boks showing proper intent a the breakdown, kicking better tactically. Thus looking much better#Rugbyriddles
De Allende .. best player in the team . His carry makes a massive difference— Jonathan Kaplan (@RefJK) September 26, 2015
De Allende .. best player in the team . His carry makes a massive difference
Boks a bit fragile at outset, but then settled into decent industrial shift before HT. Lead 17-6 at break. Should extend this...— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) September 26, 2015
Boks a bit fragile at outset, but then settled into decent industrial shift before HT. Lead 17-6 at break. Should extend this...
HALF-TIME AT VILLA PARK
Springboks 17 Samoa 6
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, HABANA! 44-6. The Boks win a turnover close to the halfway line and shift the ball out wide to Habana who shows great pace and gets over for the Boks' sixth try!
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, LAMBIE. 46-6. Lambie adds the extras to seal a memorable win for the two-time world champions! The Boks upped the ante and secured a deserved victory. Samoa's direct style played into their hands and the Boks were full value for their win.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 39-6. The Boks take the ball into contact with a line-out drive and Louw is in control at the base. Samoa do well to halt their progress but the Boks go wide and Pat Lambie puts Pietersen in the clear! He gets over in the right-hand corner for a deserved hat-trick.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 39-6. The Boks take the ball into contact with a line-out drive and Louw is in control at the base. Samoa do well to halt their progress but the Boks go wide and Pat Lambie puts Pietersen in the clear! He gets over in the right-hand corner for a deserved hat-trick!
It's all South Africa at the moment! They are camped deep inside Samoa's 22 and Brits, Vermeulen and Louw all go close but Samoa's defence holds firm.
Vermeulen goes on a charging run and shows great strength as he bumps off Fotuali'i!
The Bpoks are in total control now and take the ball through several phases but they lose possession when Brits holds onto the ball on the ground.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, BRITS! 34-6. The Boks go on the drive from the line-out and Brits is in control at the back of the maul. When he spots the tryline he dives over to secure the Boks' bonus-point try!
Faifili Levave is pinged for playing the ball on the ground. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out at the corner flag.
Habana gathers a loose ball inside Samoa's 22 and chips ahead! Le Roux gathers and makes a dash for the tryline but is tackled into touch close to the corner flag!
George Pisi comes on for Alesana Tuilagi and history is made at the World Cup as we have three brothers on the field at the same time. George joins brothers Tusi and Ken on the pitch.
The Boks are on the attack just inside Samoa's half but Kriel gets knocked backwards by a huge tackle from Alesana Tuilagi!
Nanai-Williams gathers down the right-hand touchline and chips ahead before regathering on the edge of the Boks' 22! He offloads to Kahn Fotuali'i who passes to Tusi Pisi who gets over the tryline! The effort is disallowed, however, as the TMO rules that the final pass was forward!
De Villiers receives attention after a clash of heads with Nanai-Williams. He's soon up and running and ready for action.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, BURGER! 29-6. The Boks win a turnover at a line-out close to Samoa's tryline and first strike out wide with their backs. Pollard has a crack at the line but is topped just short. The ball is recycled and comes out to Schalk burger who crashes over with two defenders on his back!
Tuilagi joins Samoa's backline at pace and tries to run directly over Jesse Kriel. The young centre does well and brings the big centre to the ground with a text-book tackle!
Stanley gets another chance to narrow the gap, after Victor Matfield is pinged for illegal play at a ruck. But once again, his kick is wide of the mark.
Duane Vermeulen is pinged for going off his feet at a ruck and Stanley lines up a shot at goal. His effort is well wide of the target, however.
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 24-6. Pollard shows his class as he lands the place-kick from close to the touchline!
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 22-6. The Boks rumble it up, close to Samoa's tryline, before striking out wide with their backs. The ball goes out to Le Roux who offloads to De Villiers. He gets the ball out to Pietersen who dots down in the right-hand corner!
Motu Matu'u is pinged for illegal play at a ruck. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Samoa's five-metre line.
Pollard launches a bomb but Nanai-Williams is equal to the task and calls a mark inside his 22, despite great pressure from Pietersen! He kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.
The Boks attack close to the halfway mark and Habana offloads to Le Roux who chips ahead! He gives chase and tries to gather in front of Samoa's tryline but knocks on after a tackle from Ofisa Treviranus!
Stanley gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by Du Preez inside his 22. He offloads to Pollard who puts the ball out close to the halfway line.
Pietersen is penalised for a high tackle on Tuilagi inside Samoa's 22. Stanley takes a shot at goal from his 10-metre line! It'sa bold attempt but although he has the distance, it's well wide of the target. That's the final act of the half and the sides head in to the sheds for a deserved break. The Boks deserve their lead as they've taken control of proceedings as the half progressed. Samoa made a solid start but have fallen of the pace during the latter stages of the half. Don't go away! We'll return in 10 minutes with the second half.
South Africa 17 Samoa 6
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 17-6. Another three-pointer from the kicking tee and the Boks have a handy 11-point lead!
The Boks take the ball through the phases with Francois Louw a prominent ball carrier. The ball comes out to Pollard who launches a bomb which Pietersen does well to knock back to South Africa's side!
Etzebeth and Du Plessis are penalised for going off their feet at a ruck. Stanley kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway mark.
Tuilagi is pinged for a shoulder charge on Etzebeth off the ball. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Samoa's 10-metre line.
Etzebeth takes the ball into contact and goes down under a challenge from Stanley. The big lock gets up and continues driving forward but referee Wayne Barnes rules that he failed to release the ball on the ground. Stanley kicks for touch and puts the resulting penalty out on the Boks' 10-metre line.
The Boks are on the attack deep inside Samoa's 22 and Bryan Habana, Du Preez and Le Roux all handle until Le Roux throws an inside pass to Jean de Villiers who goes over and touches down behind Samoa's tryline! It all comes to nothing though as the touchline has his flag up after Le Roux stepped into touch in the build-up.
Ken Pisi gathers a loose ball inside his 22 and runs it back at the Boks. He beats Pietersen but goes to ground close to his 10-metre line, after taking a big hit from Eben Etzebeth.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 14-6. Pollard adds another three-pointer, from the kicking tee, after Zak Taulafo is penalised for tackling a player off the ball.
Teofilo Paulo is pinged for not using his arms at a ruck. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Samoa's 22-metre line. There's some concern in the Bok camp as Jannie du Plessis receives medical attention for a knee injury. He eventually gets up and continues playing.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 11-6. Pollard extends the Boks' lead after several Samoans go off their feet at a ruck.
The Boks are under pressure inside their 22 but Fourie du Preez brings some relief with a kick into touch on the halfway line.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 8-6. Samoa attack from a line-out close to the halfway line and Stanley throws a long pass which JP Pietersen intercepts! He races away from the cover defence before crossing over!
Tim Nanai-Williams goes on a mazy run, after gathering a high ball inside his half! He is eventually brought to ground just inside the Boks' half where he is brought to ground by Willie le Roux.
PENALTY, SAMOA, STANLEY! 3-6. Stanley takes a shot at goal, after the Springbok pack is penalised for illegal scrummaging on the halfway line. His kick is from about 48 metres out but that doesn't bother Stanley who has the distance and the direction!
PENALTY, SAMOA, STANLEY! 3-3. Stanley draws Samoa level, from the kicking tee, after Pollard is penalised for not rolling away from a ruck.
Jean de Villiers is pinged for straying offside, just outside Samoa's 22. Mike Stanley kicks for touch and puts the ball out five metres inside South Africa's half.
Joe Tekori is pinged for collapsing a maul illegally. Pollard kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Samoa's 22-metre line.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD! 3-0. Pollard opens the scoring from the kicking tee for the Springboks!
And we're off! Handre Pollard gets us underway with a deep kick which Samoa's forwards gather deep inside their 22. They are soon pinged for holding onto the ball on the ground.
Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this crucial Pool B Rugby World Cup encounter between South Africa and Samoa from Villa Park in Birmingham. The Springboks are hurting after their shock defeat to Japan last week while Samoa have their tails up as they kicked off their campaign with a win over the USA. We'll return shortly with team news!
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made ten changes to his starting XV after that lost to Japan. There are eight changes in personnel plus two positional switches. They have also included two new front rowers on the bench. Adriaan Strauss, who will win his 50th cap, is the starting hooker, while Duane Vermeulen will make his first Test appearance of the year in the number eight jersey. Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen and Damian De Allende return in the backline - with skipper Jean de Villiers shifting to outside centre - while there are new halfbacks in Handré Pollard and Fourie du Preez. In the pack, Eben Etzebeth returns to the starting line-up with Vermeulen and Strauss. On the bench, Schalk Brits and Frans Malherbe make their first appearance on a Rugby World Cup teamsheet.
Head coach Stephen Betham has made three changes to Samoa's starting XV from the 25-16 win over USA with Mike Stanley, TJ Ioane and Motu Matu'u all coming into the team for their first RWC starts. Stanley and Matu'u both played off the bench in the win over the USA, but are now in the starting team at the expense of Tusi Pisi and Ole Avei, respectively, who both move to the bench. Ioane comes into the team from outside the first matchday 23 to replace Maurie Fa'asavalu in the back row, and there are also some changes on the bench, with Vavea Tuilagi and George Pisi earning places on the bench.
All three Pisi brothers (Ken, Tusi and George) could be on the field at the same time for Samoa, if Tusi and George come off the bench, while Vavae Tuilagi could also join older brother Alesana if he gets on. Vavae would become the fifth of six brothers to play RWC rugby after Fereti (1995), Henry (2007), Alesana (2007, 2011, 2015) and Manusamoa (ENG, 2011), leaving Anitelea as the only brother without RWC experience. Anitelea was part of Samoa's RWC 2007 squad, but was replaced before Samoa's second match due to injury. This will be the ninth match between these two countries with South Africa on the winning side in the previous eight Tests. The Springboks and Samoa have faced each other four times at the Rugby World Cup with the Springboks? biggest win registered in 2007 in France (59-7). In this Test Bryan Habana scored four tries. A Springbok RWC record shared with Chester Williams who crossed the tryline four times, also against Samoa, in 1995. Both players achieved their record while playing on the left wing. The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 891 ? a Springbok record yet again. The previous most experienced side (851 caps) played against Japan last week.
The teams line up for their anthems before Alesana Tuilagi leads Samoa during a stirring version of the Siva Tau!
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