Springboks and Samoa Continue RWC Rivalry

The Springbok loss to Japan sent shockwaves through the sporting world as the Japanese completed the most unlikely of victories. Now it’s time for the wounded Boks to lift themselves up and get their Rugby World Cup campaign up and running.

Up next is a clash against Samoa who overcame a dogged United States outfit in their match on Sunday and looked lively. The Springboks and Samoa know each other well and when they meet on Saturday in Birmingham it will be the 5th time the sides have locked horns at a Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks have an excellent record against the Samoans dating back to their first victory over them in 1995 when the Green & Gold won 42-14 with Chester Williams famously scoring 4 tries in the Quarter-Final at Ellis Park.

Next up was a showdown in 2003 when the Boks were rampant against the equally physical Samoans beating them 60-10 in a match famously remembered for that Brian Lima tackle on Derick Hougaard.

In 2007, the year the men in Green & Gold claimed their second Webb Ellis Cup, they hammered Samoa 59-7, Bryan Habana scored 4 tries in that game which also saw the end of Jean de Villiers’ campaign.

At the last World Cup in New Zealand a bruising encounter saw the Boks claim a tight 13-5 win with Bryan Habana scoring the only try for the Boks.

Forward to September 2015 and the Boks will again be up against their most rivaled World Cup foe Samoa.

Jean de Villiers has been given what is seen as a last chance effort to prove his worth in this campaign for the Boks alongside Damian de Allende at the cost of Jesse Kriel.

A country already shocked to the core after losing to Japan and Argentina in the space of five weeks are wanting answers yet they are given more questions surrounding the selection of a leader that is not showing any leadership skills or playing ability.

Then there is talk of senior players not sticking to the gameplan during the Japan fiasco, which is also questionable at the moment whether there is a gameplan or not? Read here (translation required):

When reading stories like these one has to wonder how the Boks are planning to lift the Webb Ellis Cup for a third time. Fact of the matter is, the boys are there and they have to provide the answers which no one else has at this moment in time.

This is the Boks second pool match of the tournament, which leaves them with only two more games to qualify for the Quarter-Finals. If anything goes wrong this week it will be a certainty that heads will roll and jobs will be on the line and memories of a 2003 horror campaign will resurface.

We believe that history will be with the boys and the Boks-Samoa rivalry will continue with all the signs pointing to a South African victory.

It won’t be easy as the Samoans won’t go down without a fight. They might have smelled blood and will take encouragement from Japan’s display this past weekend but a wounded Springbok team will be eager to set things right and showcase their very best.

Our Prediction:

The Springboks will win a hard physical match with a four-try bonus point but it won’s be easy and should close it off with a 16 point margin.

*Thanks Cyrus Rogers for his input in getting this preview ready.

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