Rugby World Cup 2011

Readers tip Boks to cruise in

2011-09-30 08:51
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Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - Some two-thirds of Sport24 readers polled predict that the Springboks will get past Samoa in their final RWC Pool D match with relative comfort at North Harbour on Friday.

The defending champions are not yet quite assured of qualification for the quarter-finals, but have an excellent World Cup record against these opponents – they have won all three previous meetings against Samoa and not yet registered fewer than 42 points against them.

In response to our question “How do you see the match panning out?”, 65% of around 1,300 people to have voted thus far chose the “Boks to win comfortably” option.

A more cautious 30% of Sport24 readers felt “Boks will win, but it will be close”.

There was a much smaller school of doomsayers, with only 4% of respondents taking the “Samoa to cause an upset” route.

The fourth option - “The match has draw written all over it” - did manage to dredge up 1% support.

We expect the game to be highly physical, of course, but did not feel a need to install a “match abandoned” category ...


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