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  1. Springboks eliminate brave Samoa

    Springboks eliminate brave Samoa

    South Africa withstood a brave Samoa fight back to seal top spot in World Cup Group D with a 13-5 victory at North Harbour Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • South Africa
    • Samoa
    • 80' South Africa withstand a brave Samoa fight back to seal top spot in World Cup Group D with a 13-5 victory at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland.
    • 80' But they lose the ball and the South Sea Islanders will not even have a losing bonus point to show for their brave effort tonight.
    • 79' Samoa through eight phases and deep into the SA 22.
    • 78' Samoa force a turnover, one last chance maybe.
    • 77' Samoa are penalised for not rolling away and South Africa gain vital ground in the dying minutes.
    • 76' Schalk Burger has been named man-of-the-match.
    • 75' A burst from Pietersen but stoic Samoan defence and Lemi hacks clear to halfway.
    • 74' Du Plessis is back on for the scrum with Smit off the field.
    • 73' Iosefa Tekori on the burst but a great tap tackle, SA then counter with pace but Schalk Burger cannot take the ball cleanly.
    • 72' Seilala Mapusua barrels his way inside the SA 22 but the ball is stripped away again and a great clearance against the wind from Steyn.
    • 71' 14 a side as John Smit is sin binned for a cynical knock-on, no attempt to catch the ball near midfield.
    • 70' Paul Williams is sent off for pushing Heinrich Brussow in the face. Nigel Owens’ assistant told him it was ‘a strike’ which may have implied it was a punch that it definitely wasn’t. Samoa down to 14 men and need to re-organise,
    • 69' John Smit replaces Bismarck du Plessis.
    • 68' Booted away with some relief by Morne Steyn. They are under pressure.
    • 67' Samoa inside the SA 22 - they go down the blindside, Lemi cuts inside before a charging Fuimaono Sapolu is held up a metre short and then JP Pietersen does a superb job to dislodge the ball. Knock-on at the most crucial of moments.
    • 66' Great run from Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu, then Williams kicks through but Lambie shovels into touch ahead of Tuilagi.
    • 65' Gurthro Steenkamp replaces Tendai Mtawarira while Alberts is back on for Spies.
    • 64' Big hit in midfield from Pisi to dislodge the ball from Frans Steyn and Samoa can kick clear to gain some vital territory.
    • 63' Filipo Lavea Levi on for Daniel Leo.
    • 62' SA have a lineout 5 metres out, they win it cleanly and du Plessis goes over. Has he grounded it? It goes upstairs to the TMO and there is no conclusive evidence so a 5m scrum.
    • 61' Anthony Perenise on for Census Johnston in the Samoa front row.
    • 60' Great ball retention from Samoa but they finally lose the ball and a massive clearance from Steyn forces Mapusua to kick into touch, 5m from his own line.
    • 59' Pisi goes high but Lambie collects the high ball superbly in his own half under pressure from Tuilagi.
    • 58' Great break from Lemi who goes under the Springboks defence, just one man to beat but Lambie makes the crucial try-saving tackle.
    • 57' Rossouw is out of the blood bin as Taiasina Tuifua receives some treatment.
    • 56' An indication of the strong wind as Morne Steyn’s effort from the left touchline drifts wide.
    • 55' Straight from the re-start Samoa are offside and then will give South Africa a chance to restore a double digit lead.
    • 54' Tusi Pisi hooks his conversion attempt.
    • 53' TRY! SA 13-5 SAMOA – Great scrum ball and sublime Samoan handling before a good simple line and George Stowers drives over. GAME ON!
    • 52' Jean de Villiers on as a blood replacement for Hougaard.
    • 51' Hougaard feels the full force of a rampaging Taiasina Tuifua’s right knee and needs treatment.
    • 50' Willem Alberts on for Rossouw.
    • 49' Samoa with a sustained spell of possession inside the SA 22 - a slapdown from Jaque Fourie but it is blue scrum not a penalty.
    • 48' Great break from Pat Lambie but Samoa force the turnover and pin SA near their own 22.
    • 47' Habana limps off and is replaced by Francois Hougaard.
    • 46' Great scrum from Samoa who turn the Springboks on their 5m line and Pierre Spies is penalised.
    • 45' Neat chip and chase on the right wing from JP Pietersen and SA are deep inside the Samoa 22.
    • 44' Samoa win vital lineout ball inside their own 22 but Kahn Fotuali'I fails to get much distance on his clearance.
    • 43' Danie Rossouw loses the ball but South Africa quickly regain possession in the Samoa half and work the ball to Habana who is back on the pitch but then finds himself dispatched into an advertising hoarding.
    • 42' Habana requires some treatment on a thigh injury after a collision with Taiasina Tuifua.
    • 41' Here we go for the second period.
    • 40' HALF-TIME! South Africa lead 13-0 at the break.
    • 39' Samoa ending the half brightly and are in the SA half.
    • 38' The Springboks have made an average of 663 metres per game with the ball in hand, a higher figure than any other side in the tournament.
    • 37' High risk tick and chase from Tuilagi deep inside the Samoa 22 but he gets away with it.
    • 36' Great break from Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu inside his own 22 and Samoa are in the Springboks half but du Plessis does the hard work on the floor and forces the turnover.
    • 35' Great defence from Samoa, a big hit on Habana from Stowers and then du Plessis knocks on.
    • 34' South Africa have conceded just 7.7 penalties per game so far, making them the most disciplined side in the 2011 RWC.
    • 33' Tuilagi on the charge then good hands and continuity from Samoa but they knock the ball on at the breakdown.
    • 32' Even with the breeze a kick from behind his own 10m line is too much for Frans and it drifts wide.
    • 31' Boos from the crowd as Samoa are penalised and Frans Steyn this time will attempt a kick at goal from around 63m.
    • 30' Alesana Tuilagi has not really been a feature and he knocks on.
    • 29' Only for the Springboks to burgle another lineout.
    • 28' Some big hits from Samoa but SA are retaining the ball although Frans Steyn then kicks into touch on the full.
    • 27' SA 13-0 SAMOA – Three more for Morne Steyn, indiscipline costing Samoa.
    • 26' South Africa are the only side in the tournament to have won 100% of their own scrums so far in the tournament and their dominance draws the penalty. Nigel Owens warns captain Schwalger that Thompson must calm down otherwise he would be spending a spell in the sin bin.
    • 25' SA 10-0 SAMOA – The Springboks stretch their lead as Frans Steyn makes a 55m penalty from the right touchline, there is a howling breeze in his favour.
    • 24' Samoa offside at the maul and Frans Steyn will have another boot at goal from inside his own half.
    • 23' South Africa's joint-highest win over Samoa came at the 2007 World Cup, in a 59-7 victory with Bryan Habana scoring four tries in the match.
    • 22' Kane Thompson wins good lineout ball but a knock-on from Taiasina Tuifua when Samoa were about to charge inside the SA 22.
    • 21' Frans Steyn is offside and it’s a Samoa penalty. Tusi Pisi pins SA inside their own half.
    • 20' Samoa attempt to cut the line-out inside the SA half but they make a real mess of things.
    • 19' Jannie du Plessis gets a lecture for tapping a Samoa player around the head. And Schwalger is told to get his side to show more respect.
    • 18' Things getting a little fruity and there are some afters between Schalk Burger and George Stowers.
    • 17' Three of South Africa's meetings with Samoa have come at World Cups; twice in the pool stages, in 2003 and 2007, and once in the quarter-finals, in 1995. On two of the three occasions that these sides have met in the World Cup, South Africa have gone on to win the tournament.
    • 16' Samoa under pressure at the scrum but they just about get the ball away only for Seilala Mapusua to make a complete hash of his kick and he is lucky that Habana does not collect cleanly otherwise he would have had a clear run to the line.
    • 15' Good width from South Africa but Samoa have put-in at the scrum inside their own half after a knock-on. Samoa have a 55kg weight advantage in the pack.
    • 14' South Africa have scored 994 points in their RWC history, 6 more points will see them become the fifth side to reach 1,000 points in the competition's history.
    • 13' Samoa penalised for coming off their feet in the ruck right on the South Africa line and Mahonri Schwalger is penalised 10m for some backchat.
    • 12' Samoa’s first real attacking opportunity, through 10 phases and they are just 5m short.
    • 11' Jannie du Plessis penalised for not rolling away by Nigel Owens, allowing Samoa some field position. The career of World Cup referee Nigel Owens
    • 10' South Africa have won their last 10 Rugby World Cup matches, equalling their best streak in the competition.
    • 9' SA 7-0 SAMOA – Morne Steyn adds the extras with aplomb.
    • 8' TRY! SA 5-0 SAMOA – South Africa’s weight of possession finally tells as Bryan Habana crosses in the left corner. Good handling skills with Schalk Burger to Bismarck du Plessis and Habana darts into the corner ahead of Lemi.
    • 7' A kick straight into touch from David Lemi and SA have lineout ball just inside the Samoa half.
    • 6' We are at the North Harbour Stadium in Auckland and this was the first game to sell out. More on this venue
    • 5' A stiff breeze helps Steyn but his monster penalty effort hits the post!
    • 4' Samoa through eight phases and into the Springboks half but Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu penalised for not releasing the ball and that will allow Steyn a 55m penalty at goal.
    • 3' South Africa work well from the kick-off and they set up the drop goal for Morne Steyn but it drifts wide of the right post.
    • 2' The Springboks in white shirts tonight and Bryan Habana collects a high ball inside the Samoa 22.
    • 1' And the match begins!
    • 08:27 Time for the anthems.
    • 08:25 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. /// Replacements: 16-Ole Avei, 17-Anthony Perenise, 18-Logovi'i Mulipola, 19-Ofisa Treviranus, 20-Filipo Lavea Levi, 21-Junior Poluleuligaga, 22-George Pisi.
    • 08:25 South Africa: 15-Pat Lambie, 14-JP Pietersen, 13-Jaque Fourie, 12-Frans Steyn, 11-Bryan Habana, 10-Morne Steyn, 9-Fourie du Preez, 8-Pierre Spies, 7-Schalk Burger, 6-Heinrich Brussow, 5-Victor Matfield (captain), 4-Danie Rossouw, 3-Jannie du Plessis, 2-Bismarck du Plessis, 1-Tendai Mtawarira. /// Replacements: 16-John Smit, 17-Gurthro Steenkamp, 18-CJ van der Linde, 19-Willem Alberts, 20-Francois Louw, 21-Francois Hougaard, 22-Jean de Villiers.
    • 08:20 If Samoa and Wales both win with a bonus point and South Africa do not gain a bonus point, Wales would top the group ahead of Samoa because of their head to head result.
    • 08:15 If Samoa win with a bonus point and South Africa gain one bonus point both teams would have 15 points. If Wales fail to beat Fiji with a bonus point, Samoa would top the group from South Africa on their head to head record. AND if Samoa win with a bonus point and South Africa fail to gain a bonus point, and Wales record any result other than a bonus-point win, Samoa will top the group.
    • 08:10 If Samoa win and Wales lose or draw, Samoa will qualify for the quarter-finals OR if Samoa win and there are no bonus points, leaving South Africa and Samoa on 14 points and Wales beat Fiji with a bonus point, Wales would win the group with 15 points and Samoa would finish second on their head to head record against South Africa.
    • 08:05 South Africa will win the group if they beat or draw with Samoa or if they lose and gain two bonus points.
    • 08:00 Welcome to our coverage of the World Cup game as South Africa look to wrap up Pool D with victory over Samoa.
  • Summary

    South Africa versus Samoa
    Habana 9’ Tries Stowers 51’
    Steyn 10’ Conversions  
    Steyn 25’, Steyn 27’ Penalties  
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • South Africa

    Manager: Peter de Villiers

    On the Field

    • Mtawarira Substitution Out (62′)
    • du Plessis Substitution In (77′) Substitution Out (69′)
    • du Plessis
    • Rossouw Substitution In (56′) Substitution Out (77′)
    • Matfield
    • Brussow
    • Burger
    • Spies Substitution Out (62′)
    • du Preez
    • Steyn
    • Habana Try Substitution Out (47′)
    • Steyn
    • Fourie
    • Pietersen
    • Lambie

    Subs

    • Smit Substitution In (69′) Yellow Card
    • de Villiers Substitution In (51′)
    • van der Linde
    • Steenkamp Substitution In (62′)
    • Alberts Substitution In (62′) Substitution Out (56′)
    • Hougaard Substitution In (47′) Substitution Out (51′)
    • Louw

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Samoa

    Manager: Fuimaono Tafua

    On the Field

    • Taulafo Substitution Out (78′)
    • Schwalger Substitution Out (78′)
    • Johnston Substitution Out (60′)
    • Leo Substitution Out (61′)
    • Thompson
    • Tuifua Substitution Out (77′)
    • Fa'asavalu
    • Stowers Try
    • Fotuali'i
    • Pisiata
    • Tuilagi
    • Fuimaono-Sapolu
    • Mapusua
    • Lemi
    • Williams Red Card

    Subs

    • Poluleuligaga
    • Tekori Substitution In (61′)
    • Avei Substitution In (78′)
    • Pisi
    • Treviranus Substitution In (77′)
    • Perenise Substitution In (60′)
    • Mulipola Substitution In (78′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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