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Saturday at Villa Park in Birmingham promises to be the setting for one of the games of the 2015 World Cup, as Samoa go head to head with the South Africa Springboks.The Shock defeat of the Springboks in Brighton against Japan, has opened up the group, but has also left the South African's with no room for error, as they seek to take their place in the quarter-finals. Samoa will take the field in second place in the Pool, having beaten the USA 2516 in
Brighton on Sunday, but having failed to secure a bonus point in doing so.The Samoa team will hope that the Springboks provide nervous opponents, given that another defeat will quite possibly end their hopes of a place in the knock phase, and are sure to provide a physical challenge that will test the mental toughness of the twice World Cup winners.
If there was any consolation for the African outfit in their defeat to the Cheery Blossoms from Japan, it was that they secured a tryscoring bonus point, and another for the narrow loss. It what promises to be a Pool that goes right down to the wire, those bonus points could yet prove vital.
Posted: 30th September 2011
The Rugby World Cup will next play on Friday, September 30th with a match between South Africa and Samoa in North Shore City, at 20:30 local time and 07:30 GMT. Samoa has never once had a win over the Springboks, a fact which many teams in the Rugby World Cup are familiar with. The two sides have played six different times, the first in 1995 and Samoa hasn't even really put a challenge for South Africa. The smallest point difference between the two sides came in 2007 when the two met in Johannesburg and South Africa won by only 27 points.
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