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.


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

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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