The Springboks redeem themselves from last week’s loss to Japan with an emphatic win over Samoa.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
The South African Springboks revived their hopes of winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a 46-6 win over Samoa at Villa Park on Saturday night. The South Africans who last won the title in 2001 were under pressure to bounce back from last week’s dismal performance in a 34-32 loss to minnows Japan.
Samoa took a surprise lead with two early penalties from Michael Stanley and made it 6-3 after Handre Pollard had scored a penalty for the Boks in the 1st minute. J.P Pietersen then got the game’s first try in the 14th minute after sustained pressure and possession from the South Africans cracked Samoa’s defense.
The Samoans then stood resolute and denied the South Africans any space to probe for points but in the process conceded quite a few penalties which were dispatched by Pollard. The halftime score was 17-6 in favor of the Springboks.
The second half saw the South Africans turn on the turbines and style as J.P Pietersen resumed his scoring run immediately after the start with a try in the 46th minute. Schalk Burger grabbed his try in the 57th minute and Schalk Brits got another one in the 70th minute. Pietersen then finished his hat trick with a try three minutes from time to condemn the Samoans to sure defeat.
However, the last few minutes of play provided some interesting scenes as a Springboks supporter broke onto the pitch and tried to play alongside the team much to the amusement of many. The highlight of the match was at the very end when experienced Springbok Bryan Habana ran in his side’s last try amidst cheers from the supporters.