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Summary

  1. Pool B result: South Africa 46-6 Samoa
  2. Bonus-point win for Springboks
  3. Pietersen scores hat-trick of tries
  4. Stanley 2 penalties for Samoa

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Pool B
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This is how that result leaves Pool B.

Plenty to play for still, but the Springboks back in the driving seat.

That is all from me today. Hop on over to Aimee Lewis for the details of the small matter of England v Wales. Toasty.

Bye for now.

Player reaction

South Africa 46-6 Samoa

Today was a tough game. We made some bad decisions and are disappointed. We were poor at set-pieces. But we will work on that for next week.

Ofisa TreviranusSamoa

Player reaction

South Africa 46-6 Samoa

It is still hurts, last week's result. This is the beginning of us getting back on track. We stuck to it and got a good win. But there is a long road to go. We know we disappointed people but the reality is we have as good a shot as any other team in the play-offs. Today is the first step in the right direction.

Jean De VilliersSouth Africa

South Africa 46-6 Samoa

South African confidence when it comes to the Boks is usually bulletproof.

There was a rare, but very real wobble last week. This performance is the sort to get Cape Town crowing once more.

South Africa 46-6 Samoa

The final action area stats highlight a dominant South Africa performance, having 61% of possession, 28.8% of which was deep in enemy territory.

Action areas
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South Africa 46-6 Samoa

Samoa had to make 160 tackles in the match, compared to South Africa's 86.

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Full-time

South Africa 46-6 Samoa

South Africa beat Samoa
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Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

Habana deserves that. He has worked very hard and has that great speed and vision of where the space was. He took some flack for what happened a week ago but that is now over. On to the next match.

Converted try

South Africa 46-6 Samoa (Habana, con Lambie)

That is your reward for not trying to beat the traffic, Springbok fans.

Villa Park roars Bryan Habana home as the Boks turn over ball and work it wide where the overlap is ruthlessly converted.

And Patrick Lambie adds the extras with the game's last kick.

South Africa 39-6 Samoa

Hang on.

There is an intruder on the pitch. A tubby fella in a Springbok shirt appears in the middle of the action and is fortunate to escape a Samoan shoulder charge. Or a South African one.

The irritated players are told to take mercy by Wayne Barnes and they do. The intruder is led off towards the touchline to absolutely no ovation.

Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

It is again from a dominant lineout. The best teams in the world find a weakness to a team and keep exploiting it. The lineout and rolling maul; Samoa have had no answer to it.

Try

South Africa 39-6 Samoa (Pietersen)

Patrick Lambie darts from the openside to the blind and he has got his maths right.

A tiring Samoa defence are short staffed on that side and he feeds JP Pietersen to allow the wing to round off his hat-trick.

Lambie misses with his conversion pot at goal.

JP Pietersen celebrates with Bryan Habana
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South Africa 34-6 Samoa

Patrick Lambie opts to kick into the corner from the penalty.

Northampton and Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i  departs in a late replacement.

Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

It is a one-way game. South Africa are dominant in all areas.

Tendai Mtawarira
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South Africa 34-6 Samoa

South Africa come trucking up to within five metres. Sixteen phases and counting. And they have got the offside call against George Pisi. 

Relentless in this second half.

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South Africa 34-6 Samoa

South Africa are running through attacking patterns, camped in the Samoa 22m.

This is a big riposte to those that wrote them off after the defeat by Japan.

Couple of changes. Fourie du Preez comes off and Ruan Pienaar is on at scrum-half with Patrick Lambie replacing Jean de Villiers in the centres.

South Africa 34-6 Samoa

While the clock continues to work against Samoa, their best route back into the game may well be full-back Tim Nanai-Williams, who tops the chart on every single attacking stat for his side.

Tim Nanai-Williams
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Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

You can hear what it means to the South Africa supporters here. There are smiles on all their faces. It was a very edgy game at the start but South Africa have worked their way into it. Their game has been good, their lineout has been excellent

South Africa fans
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Try

South Africa 34-6 Samoa (Brits)

That was straight out of the Afrikaans old school. Front jumper line-out ball, everyone low enough to pass under a limbo bar and then rumble for the line.

Schalk Brits is at the back of the train and dots down for an easy score.

Handre Pollard is off target again with the conversion shot.

Schalk Brits
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Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

Winning was the first target for South Africa but now they need to go and try to get another try to get that bonus point. That extra point could be vital in a pool like this.

South Africa
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Replacement

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

Siya Kolisi replaces Schalk Burger who gets a big old ovation from the South Africa fans. 

Saracens fleet-footed hooker Schalk Brits is on though to keep the Schalk quotas up. 

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

Willie Le Roux almost in at the corner, but the Samoan defence is determined and scrags him just in time at the corner.

And the Samoa line-out delivers possession for once to allow the Islanders to clear their lines.

Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

I was told as a junior not to try and play in your own 22. Samoa put a lot of extra pressure on themselves by playing so many phases then.

Tim Nanai-Williams
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South Africa 29-6 Samoa

South Africa need another try for a bonus point. Samoa need some for a more respectable scoreline.

Expect this to open up.

Replacement

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

And that moment of history comes as George, Tusi and Ken Pisi become the first three brothers to play together at the Rugby World Cup.

Alesana Tuilagi, who somes from some rugby-playing dynasty himself, makes way for George on the wing.

Ken Pisi
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Just one Pisi brother (George) left to play & become the first set of 3 brothers to ever take the field together in a RWC Test match. 🔵🔵🔵

Replacements

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

More changes at the ugly end of the team-sheet.

Samoa number eight Ofisa Treviranus departs and Vavae Tuilagi arrives.

Prop Trevor Nyakane is on in place of Tendai Mtawarira for South Africa. 

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

South Africa forward Schalk Burger has certainly been heavily involved at Villa Park, making 12 carries prior to scoring his try.

Schalk Burger
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No try

South Africa 29-6 Samoa

I think even the Springbok fans wanted that to stand. It was thrilling rugby, but the final pass is judged to be a shade forward.

Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

It is a shame because it would have been a well-worked try. We have seen a lot of TMO used and some times you question it. But that was the right time to use it.

Try review

South Africa 29 -6 Samoa

Oh, for the love of rugby, let it stand!

A tremendous score from Samoa as Tim Nanai-Williams chips ahead regathers and off-loads for Tusi Pisi to go over.

But was the final pass forward? The video gods will decide...

Tusi Pisi
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South Africa 29-6 Samoa

As the match has worn on South Africa have continued to assert their authority, leaving Samoa having to do more and more defending.

The Samoans have now made 90 tackles to 55 - but the most galling statistic is perhaps that they've missed a whopping 23 tackles.

Eben Etzebeth and Schalk Burger push towards Motu Matu'u
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Doddie Weir

Former Scotland lock

That is a well-worked try. South Africa have dominated this second half - the forwards especially. I thought the Samoans would provide a bigger fight. But they have been a bit disappointing. But take nothing away from South Africa.

Try

South Africa 29-6 Samoa (Burger)

That is a third try and possibly the final nail in any hopes of a Samoa comeback.

Samoa's lineout has been looted at will by South Africa and a spooked Samoa hooker Motu Matu'u attempts to go long.

Still the Springboks snatch it back and, as the ball comes back across, Schalk Burger ploughs over round the fringes with tacklers hanging off him like barnacles on a battlecruiser.

Pollard hits the post with the conversion and the ball bounces away.

Schalk Burger
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South Africa 24-6 Samoa

Desperate defence from Samoa as Ken Pisi and Reynold Lee-Lo rush across and drag Bryan Habana into touch by his collar, with the line beckoning.

Bryan Habana
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South Africa 24-6 Samoa

What a tackle! It was not a bone-cruncher but Jesse Kriel goes ankle low on a charging Alesana Tuilagi, sending the Samoa wing tumbling nose first into the dirt.

Samoa had men over as well.

Replacements

South Africa 24-6 Samoa

The benches are being cleared.

A change at 10 for Samoa as Michael Stanley is replaced by Tusi Pisi.

Victor Matfield departs to a big ovation for the Springboks with Lodewyk De Jager on in his place. South Africa have also swapped Jannie du Plessis out for Frans Malherbe in the front row.

Victor Matfield
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Missed penalty

South Africa 24-6 Samoa

Samoa might be best to crack open the champagne rugby sooner rather than later.

They are not having much luck kicking their way back into this. Mike Stanley takes on another ambitious long-ranger and sends his kick well wide.

Mike Stanley kicks
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Replacement

South Africa 24-6 Samoa

Census Johnston off and Anthony Perenise on in a change in the Samoa front row.