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Mike Henson

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  1. Post update

    Pool B

    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.

  2. Player reaction

    South Africa 46-6 Samoa

    Quote Message: 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. from Ofisa Treviranus Samoa
    Ofisa TreviranusSamoa
  3. Player reaction

    South Africa 46-6 Samoa

    Quote Message: 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. from Jean De Villiers South Africa
    Jean De VilliersSouth Africa
  4. Post update

    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.

  5. 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
  6. South Africa 46-6 Samoa

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

    TJ Ioane
  7. Full-time

    South Africa 46-6 Samoa

    South Africa beat Samoa
  8. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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.
  9. 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.

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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.
  12. 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
  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: It is a one-way game. South Africa are dominant in all areas.
    Tendai Mtawarira
  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Get Involved


    Jos Riordan: Wasn't so sure after the Japan match, but South Africa are looking good!! #RugbyWorldCup #bbcrugby

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. 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
  19. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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
  20. 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
  21. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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
  22. 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. 

  23. Post update

    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.

  24. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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
  25. Post update

    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.

  26. 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
  27. Post update

  28. 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. 

  29. 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
  30. 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.

  31. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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.
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: 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.
  35. 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
  36. Post update

    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
  37. Post update

    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.

  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Replacement

    South Africa 24-6 Samoa

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

  41. Replacement

    South Africa 24-6 Samoa

    Jesse Kriel has come on from Damian de Allende in the Springbok midfield.

  42. South Africa 24-6 Samoa

    After a wobbly start, South Africa have taken complete control of this match since the break - something reflected in the latest territory stats, with the Springboks having now enjoyed 62% of the possession.

    Action areas
  43. Post update

    Quote Message: A quick burst of 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ' breaking out around Villa Park from the English neutrals in the crowd clearly warming up their vocal chords for tonight. Bit out of place maybe, but it sure beats the customary refrain of 'Yippayeeh, yippayeoh' belted out here normally by the Holte End. from Gerald Scott BBC Sport at Villa Park
    Gerald ScottBBC Sport at Villa Park
  44. Missed penalty

    South Africa 24-6 Samoa

    Samoa need to strike back soon. But Mike Stanley cannot take the first step up that mountain of points, pulling a long-range kick wide.

  45. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: South Africa have had to work for this. In the first 20 minutes, the Samoans did not allow them to have it their own way. But they have found their form and the right tactics.That was lovely to watch. Quick hands and a little dummy in there as well. I think the players are bringing back some confidence into their game. They knew Samoa were weak at the lineout.
  46. Converted try

    South Africa 24-6 Samoa (Pietersen, con. Pollard)

    South Africa work Samoa over with a beautfully controlled passage of play.

    Victor Matfield takes the line-out, the ball is bashed up in midfield, defenders are sucked in and JP Pietersen has a stroll into the corner when the ball is recycled and spun wide.

    Handre Pollard with a fine kick bags the extra two points.

    JP Pietersen
  47. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    South Africa up to within a couple of metres...

  48. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    Penalty to South Africa. Hooker Motu Matu'u is the guilty party, sneaking his hands into the ruck.

    It's kickable, but Handre Pollard puts the ball into the corner. Boks going for the jugular.

    Referee Wayne Barnes
  49. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    The Villa Park crowd have burst into song. Swing Low echos around the ground with kick-off for England v Wales a little over two hours away.

    South Africa with line-out ball on the Samoa 22m line, safely gathered by Matfield. Screws being tightened.

  50. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    South Africa so close to a try!

    An extraordinary overload from Bryan Habana, slung blind over his head straight into the hands of Willie Le Roux sets up the chance.

    Le Roux's kick ahead is the gun on a foot race for the line and Tim Nanai-Williams does just enough to match Le Roux, pressurising him into a knock-on with the line beckoning feet away.

  51. Kick-off

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    Samoa's Mike Stanley boots long to get us up and running.

    Fourie du Preez returns fire.

  52. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    The biltong stalls of south-west London won't be doing much business today.

    Plenty of South Africans seems to have made the trip up to Birmingham for this match. They will want to see Bryan Habana get his hands on the ball more in the second half.

    The teams are back in the tunnel.

  53. South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    South Africa centre Damian de Allende has show his dancing feet plenty in the first half, beating six defenders - while Samoa's entire backline have only managed to beat seven.

  54. South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    Half-time stats

    South Africa led by two points at half-time against Japan. It was not enough. 

    Will nine points be enough to stave off a Samoa fightback?

  55. Half-time

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

  56. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    And, with no time left for the line-out if they kick for touch, Samoa's Mike Stanley opts to kick for goal.

    It is a monster to make. And he needed to be at oxygen-sapping altitude. The ball drops well short and that is the half.

  57. Post update

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa

    The Beast - Tendai Mtawarira - goes on a rumble. But the Boks prop leaves his team-mates behind. Samoa ball.

    And they spread it wide!

    Ambitious. Alesana Tuilagi kicks ahead, JP Pietersen grabs for the Samoa wing's collar.

    Tuilagi goes down like a heap of spuds. Penalty up towards halfway, but no yellow for Pietersen.

  58. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: It has been exciting so far. This is a critical stage of the game now. South Africa are pushing and if they score again and they will go into the break with a bigger cushion.
    Schalk Burger
  59. Penalty

    South Africa 17-6 Samoa (Pollard)

    Handre Pollard does the business. Easy one for him and this been a masterclass in snuffing out Samoa and building the scoreboard.

  60. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Samoa's Joe Tekori offside. A little too eager to get up off the line to tackle Schalk Burger and this is a penalty bang in front...  

  61. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    South Africa are up to within 10 metres. Bryan Habana's spurt around the fringes has Samoa backpedalling...

  62. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Victor Matfield is ruling the lineout skies. The Springbok second row is reading the Samoan intentions like a primary school textbook and steals another throw-in.

    That is at least his second.

    Victor Matfield
  63. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    The breakdown is being fiercely contested. No gimmes out there.

    Wayne Barnes is earning his corn, working out the rights and wrong amid the carnage.

    Jannie du Plessis is off his feet in the latest and Samoa boot up to halfway for a line-out.

  64. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: The way Samoa can get into this game and on the front foot is with quickly taken penalties. South Africa weren't sure how to handle it.
  65. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    First bit of biff is sparked by a little set-to on the floor. South Africa second row Eden Etzabeth is at the centre of it and emerges smiling. I think he was disappointed that it had not started earlier.

    Alesana Tuilagi has taken a charge at him to kick it all off and South Africa have a penalty to relive the pressure.

  66. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Samoa are not hanging around when Wayne Barnes awards them a penalty on halfway.

    Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i has tapped and gone before the whistle is off the referee's lips. He flips inside to Ken Pisi. 

    Admirable adventure. And Samoa are up to the Bok 10m line.  

    Tim Nanai-Williams is tackled by Willie le Roux
  67. South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Damian de Allende, he of the excellent running line a minute or two ago, received his jersey from South Africa's great former fast bowler Allan Donald before the match. 

  68. No try

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Jean de Villiers into the corner from a lovely Willie Le Roux off-load. But no try.

    The officials correctly rule that the Boks' full-back had a foot in touch before giving the final pass.

    They trust their own eyes, rather than refer upstairs and we are all thankful for that.

  69. Post update

    JP Pietersen
  70. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    That's a cheeky running angle from South Africa centre Damian de Allende straight back into the forwards. But he has picked his way around the landmines and South Africa are up to the Samoa 22m.

    Damian de Allende
  71. Post update

  72. South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    We mentioned earlier how much of the ball Samoa had seen already - they've now had 64% of the possession - but a misplaced pass and a fair dose of indiscipline leaves them eight points behind.

    They've conceded six penalties (the black dots) to South Africa's three (the white dots) so far.

  73. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: Japan did well because they got in amongst the South Africans. If this is a game that is going to go the whole way the Samoans need to pick up the pace.
  74. Post update

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa

    Samoa have learned from the Japan masterplan. Constant off-loading to change the point of the attack.

    But that tactic is a high-risk one. The ball bobbles out of Samoan hands and the Boks boot long to undo their good work.

  75. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: Things are going well for South Africa. It is a relatively scrappy game, but most of the mistakes are coming from Samoa.
  76. Penalty

    South Africa 14-6 Samoa (Pollard)

    Handre Pollard was never going to miss that one. He clips over casually to take the Bok lead out beyond a converted score.

    Handre Pollard
  77. Post update

    South Africa 11-6 Samoa

    Willie le Roux puts up the corner kick for JP Pietersen. No dice.

    But it was a shot to nothing. The penalty had already been awarded and play is called back.

    Should be a simple three.

  78. South Africa 11-6 Samoa

    TJ Ioane's earlier hit on Adriaan Strauss sent reverberations through Villa Park - and the Samoa flanker has been at it plenty since too, crunching his way through four tackles in the opening quarter, more than any other player on the pitch.

  79. Post update

    South Africa 11-6 Samoa

    Jannie du Plessis is back up and running.

  80. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: If a front rower goes down injured you know it is an injury. The scrum collapsed and fell badly on his knee, which is already strapped. But Du Plessis is a grafter.
  81. Post update

    South Africa 11-6 Samoa

    Jannie du Plessis is down getting treatment. It looks like the South Africa prop has got a knee knock.

    Samoa are being warned to wrap their arms in the tackle by Wayne Barnes. A bit too much shoulder and too little grab for the referee's liking so far.

    South Africa's Jannie Du Plessis tackles Paul Perez of Samoa
  82. Post update

    South Africa 11-6 Samoa

    TJ Ione is playing like Trevor Leota reborn.

    Another thunderous hit and Schalk Burger, who has seen it all, looks a little ruffled as he dusts himself off.

  83. Penalty

    South Africa 11-6 Samoa (Pollard)

    South Africa stretch into the lead as Handre Pollard pokes another penalty over the top.

    Scrum-half Fourie de Preez is chewing the ear of Wayne Barnes at every breakdown, asking for penalties and questioning Samoan snipes at the ball.

  84. South Africa 8-6 Samoa

    Despite JP Pietersen's breakaway try, it's not been a straightforward opening 15 minutes or so for the Springboks, who the stats say have had just 17% of the possession.

    Action areas
  85. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: You can hear in the backgorund what that means to the South Africa supporters here. This is what sometimes happens when you try to play running rugby. It was a loose ball and Pietersen used all his height to take it. Nobody was going to catch him. This will lift the whole team.
  86. Try

    South Africa 8-6 Samoa (Pietersen)

    Head-in-hands moment for Mike Stanley. The Samoa fly-half shows too much of a mis-pass to JP Pietersen and the Springboks winger pounces.

    Pietersen plucks the ball out of the air and runs his interception back into the corner.

    The Samoan chase forced him wide and probably earned their side two points as Pollard misses the extras.

    JP Pietersen
  87. Post update

    South Africa 3-6 Samoa

    Tim Nanai-Williams might just be the most exciting runner in this tournament. 

    An early glimpse of the Samoa full-back's stardust as he gathers a high kick and leaves Jean de Villiers grasping thin air before being tackled.  

  88. Penalty

    South Africa 3-6 Samoa (Stanley)

    A monster of a kick, booming off the instep, back-flipping through the Birmingham sky and dropping  plum between the posts.

    Advantage Samoa.

    Michael Stanley penalty kick
  89. Post update

    South Africa 3-3 Samoa

    The two packs come crunching together in a scrum on halfway. And it is the Samoan front row who emerge slapping backs and patting heads.

    The Boks were twisted and backpedalling and Wayne Barnes awards a penalty.

    Mike Stanley calls for the tee.

  90. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: This is how the Samoans should be playing, phase rugby. South Africa don't like that. They struggled with it in the last game. Their discipline lapses.
    South Africa's JP Pietersen, bottom left and Samoa's Iosefa Tekori
  91. Penalty

    South Africa 3-3 Samoa (Stanley)

    Mike Stanley's kick takes the scenic route, rattling off the inside of the upright on its way over.

    They all count. Not the prettiest but the scores are level.

  92. Post update

    South Africa 3-0 Samoa

    Springboks offside and a penalty well within range for Samoa. They are going to kick it...

  93. Post update

    South Africa 3-0 Samoa

    Samoa are now gobbling up yards, some bashing up around the fringes by the forwards before an inside ball from Mike Stanley frees Alesana Tuilagi for a gallop.

    Up to the Boks' 22m line.

    Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa pushes forward
  94. Post update

    Doddie Weir

    Former Scotland lock

    Quote Message: This might calm the nerves for South Africa, winning a penalty straight away. It was a good kick-off, long and straight.
    A South Africa fan
  95. Post update

    South Africa 3-0 Samoa

    Boom! I think Adriaan Strauss's forefathers back on the veld will have felt that hit.

    The Boks hooker is thrown back by a massive shoulder from TJ Ioane, who wrapped his arms just enough to make it legal.

    South Africa have started well though. Samoa needed that to throw a spanner in their spokes.

  96. Penalty

    South Africa 3-0 Samoa (Pollard)

    Handre Pollard, in for Patrick Lambie, gets his side on the board with less than a minute on the clock.

    A nerve-settler for him and his team.

  97. Post update

    South Africa 0-0 Samoa

    South Africa are up for this. Alesana Tuilagi is swamped by Springbok shirts as he attempts to run the ball back. Samoa get desperate as they attempt to scrape possession back their way.

    Penalty to the Boks.

    Alesana Tuilagi of Samoa
  98. Kick-off

    South Africa 0-0 Samoa

    Handre Pollard boots long and the chase is on from the Springboks.

    A South Africa fan
  99. Post update

    South Africa v Samoa

    Right, we are ready. Let's get this under way. Wayne Barnes do your stuff...

  100. Post update

    South Africa v Samoa

    Anthems over and it is time for the Samoan Siva Tau - the Pacific Islanders' traditional pre-match challenge.

    Electricity in the air as Alesana Tuilagi calls his team-mates to attention and the slap of palm on flash echos around Villa Park.

    Samoa fans
  101. Post update

    A South African sporting legend arriving to support the Boks. 

  102. Post update

    South Africa v Samoa

    Holte End
    Quote Message: What a transformation at Villa Park in the space of four days! On Tuesday night, when I left this ground after Aston Villa's first local derby against Birmingham City in almost five years, I could not even walk down Witton Lane as there was a police road block. These same streets rang to the sound of hatred, aggression and vile chants from two sets of taunting football fans. Today, the sun is out, the flags, banners and bunting are blowing in the pleasant September evening breeze and even the Doug Ellis Stand looks a picture. Supporters from both sides (and a lot of other countries too) are stopping to take pictures of each other. And the only aggression we are likely to see will be out on the pitch. At the nearest Rugby World Cup 2015 stadium to where the game was first invented in 1872, as one of those banners says . . . rugby has come home. from Gerald Scott BBC Sport at Villa Park
    Gerald ScottBBC Sport at Villa Park
  103. 5 live sports extra commentary

    South Africa v Samoa

    You should do as Sara says. And you can.

    Click, tap, swipe, aim a Bakkies Botha-style butt at the play button at the top of this page and get involved.

  104. Post update

  105. Line-ups

    South Africa v Samoa

    South Africa: le Roux, Pietersen, de Villiers, de Allende, Habana, Pollard, du Preez, Mtawarira, Strauss, J. du Plessis, Etzebeth, Matfield, Louw, Burger, Vermeulen. Replacements: Brits, Nyakane, Malherbe, de Jager, Kolisi, Pienaar, Lambie, Kriel. 

    Samoa: Nanai-Williams, K. Pisi, Perez, Lee-Lo, A. Tuilagi, Stanley, Fotuali'i, Taulafo, Matu'u, Johnston, Paulo, Tekori, Ioane, Lam, Treviranus. Replacements: Avei, Afatia, Perenise, Levave, S. Tuilagi, Afemai, T. Pisi, G. Pisi. 

  106. Post update

    The last couple of meeting between South Africa and Samoa have been tasty, to say the least.

    Alesana Tuilagi almost decapitated Jean de Villiers in their last meeting, seeing red in a 56-23 defeat in Pretoria.

    Both start for their respective nations today.

  107. Boks to spring back?

    South Africa, two-time world champions, were torpedoed in the biggest shock in rugby's history against Japan last weekend.

    If they come a cropper today, they might be flying home to a rotten fruit reception.

    And Samoa would enjoy nothing more than teeing up Springbok shame.

    South Africa fans