Samoa fail to surprise Springboks
Speedster: Bryan Habana
PARIS, 9 September – A four try haul to wing Bryan Habana spearheaded South Africa's 59-7 victory over Samoa in a physical and passionate Pool A match at Parc de Princes on Sunday.
At no stage was Samoa, ranked tenth in the world, intimidated by their highly fancied opponents, who are ranked six places above them.
A capacity crowd were thrilled by some hard running and big hitting from the Samoa forwards as the South Pacific nation appeared on course for a major boilover at the IRB Rugby World Cup.
South Africa were hampered early on by a high number of unforced errors.
"We really worked in the first quarter. They deserve a lot of respect," said Springbok captain John Smit.
Samoa were rewarded for their hard graft when centre Gavin Williams crossed for the opening try of the match.
It wasn't until the last 10 minutes of the first half that Habana turned the Samoa defence inside out to score a magical individual try.
"As a team we played unbelievably well, there is not one individual who can be singled out," Habana said.
Two minutes into the second half, Samoa wing Lome Fa’atau seemed to have got his side back into the match only for referee Paul Honiss to call him back after awarding a penalty to the Springboks for offside.
From there the superior class and fitness of the 1995 champions shone through and they went on to score a further six tries to end what had been a very brave performance by Samoa.
Brian 'The Chiropractor' Lima (SAM) was introduced into the game by Samoa coach Michael (NZL) Jones during the second half, becoming the only person to play in five world cup tournaments.
However, the hard-hitting centre suffered concussion launching a trademark tackle within a couple of minutes and had to be replaced.
South Africa coach Jake White was happy with his team's performance but he knows their next clash against England will be completely different.
"I don't think that yesterday (ENG v USA) counts for anything," he added.
"We have beaten them three out of the last four times. We've got our most Test-capped team here at the world cup. I think those are things that give us confidence going into the England game."
Jones now has to prepare for another tough encounter, against Tonga next Sunday.
De Villiers out of world cup with torn bicep
Unlucky again: Jean de Villiers has a bicep injury
PARIS, 10 September – The South Africa centre Jean de Villiers has been ruled out of the rest of the IRB Rugby World Cup with a torn left bicep.
The injury occurred during the Springboks' 59-7 win over Samoa on Sunday at the Parc de Princes in Paris. His withdrawal was announced at the team's recovery session on Monday.
South Africa team manager Zola Yeye said De Villiers was extremely disappointed as this was the second time he had been forced out of a world cup by injury.
"It is a low blow, he is devastated. He can't believe that it has happened to him again."
In 2003, De Villiers missed the Springboks' whole world Cup campaign after suffering a shoulder injury in a warm-up match.
A replacement, Wayne Julies, will be flown in from South Africa on Wednesday.