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South Africa may have guaranteed their place in the Rugby World Cup 2011 quarter-finals but coach Peter de Villiers had plenty of reasons for a restless night after the match against Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on Friday.

Rugby News Service, www. rugbyworldcup.com

The Springboks battled hard for their 13-5 win against a bruising Samoan side with the physicality of the match taking its toll on de Villiers’ men.

“Frans Steyn is likely to go home,” he said. “His shoulder isn’t that good. The doctor will confirm it 100 per cent this morning, but it’s 95 per cent that he’s on his way home and that is a big blow for us.”

The South African coach said he was reluctant to mention the seriousness of the left-shoulder injury to his inside centre because he was unsure of who he would call on to fill the gap.

“I was lying awake on a replacement,” he said. “What do we need really? That is what we have to look at now.

“I still have to make a few calls and see.”

De Villiers acknowledged there were other players who looked worse for wear in the wake of the match, however the coach is confident there are no other serious injuries in his squad.

“Bryan (Habana), JP (Pietersen), all those kind of guys they’ve got battle scars and that’s all. Presuming they can recover quick enough to take their places this coming week.”

While the Springbok coach is confident Frans Steyn will be the only long-term casualty from South Africa’s final Pool D match, he rued his team’s misfortunes in collecting injuries in the same places.

“I don’t know what’s wrong with us,” he said. “When we get an injury in one position we get it in one position. We had a lock, and suddenly we lost three wings in one game.

“When Lady Luck turns her back on us, she turns it properly on us.”

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  1. Nigel owens was disgraceful. He could have. Stopped the off the ball incidents from the start but he let the samoans get away with it.

  2. The best and worst of world rugby in one game.

    Just like the Samoan /Bok game in 1995 the Samoan game plan was to play dirty and unsettle the Boks. They came out with the intention to injure players. 1995 I saw 3 off the ball late high swinging arm tackles on Andre Joubert alone in that game which were all Red card offences but missed by the refs and citing commissioner.

    The Best:
    The discipline shown by the Boks in the face of dirty play
    The passion and the will to win shown by the Samoan players
    The cracking of the umbrella defence and the great backline mover that followed

    The Worst: (all listed are card offences, does not included niggle)
    Very poor control of dirty play.

    Punches: 08:13 Leo, 18:56 J.Duplesis slapped, 25:42 No 5 strikes bok player in the face, 33:19 No8 punches Danie Rossouw when entering ruck, No 4 strikes Jacques Fourie to face twice 39:58, No 8 strikes Schalk Burger 40:25, No8 slaps Schalk Burger 56:42

    Hair pulling: 07:25 no1 on Schalk Burger, 71:08 on Schalk Burger

    Stomping: 18:03 Stomping by no 13 on F.Steyn, 75:20 more stomping in the ruck

    Constant around the neck tackles

    Swinging arm dangerous tackle on Alberts 72:21, on Spies 55:51, 14:20 by No8

    Off the ball shoulder charge 14:45

    The Samoans could and should have won this game. Their ill discipline and playing the player off the ball instead of concentrating on the game cost them a possible victory.

    Owens is not competent to ref at a RWC. He cost both the Boks in injured players and the Samoans the game. He failed to take control of the discipline. He failed the players in apply the law that is to protect them and to a fair clean contest.

    SARU: Your failure to protect your assets, your players, by publicly condemning the actions of the Samoans whose game plan was to injure and fight. If this was any other country kopping these cheapshots we would have seen Owens sanctioned and a lot more citings. But alas what happens on the field… sorry SARU just don’t understand the value of players and protecting them. The coach and captain have failed too.

    It seems its that certain teams are protected while others are to face dirty play without sanction.

    IRB is a disgrace. This rugby and not a fre for all brawl. If this hapened to the AB’s we would have seen Paddie out criticising the ref.

  3. GAME STATS

    Possession
    South Africa 51%; Samoa 49%

    Rucks/mauls
    South Africa 57; Samoa 116

    Line breaksSouth Africa 2; Samoa 6

    Offloads
    South Africa 10; Samoa 19

    Scrum wins
    South Africa 6; Samoa 7

    Lineout wins
    South Africa 15; Samoa 13

    Lineouts won against throw
    South Africa 4; Samoa 2

    Runs
    South Africa 77; Samoa 146

    Run metres
    South Africa 462; Samoa 951

    Kicks
    South Africa 27; Samoa 21

    Kick metresSouth Africa 931; Samoa 577

    Tackles made
    South Africa 187; Samoa 93

    Tackles missed
    South Africa 54; Samoa 24

    Turnovers
    South Africa 16; Samoa 25

    Penalties conceded
    South Africa 10; Samoa 9

    Tackles [Made/Missed/Turnovers]
    Brussouw 27-5-2
    Matfield 18-3-0
    B du Plessis 17-5-3
    Burger 16-6-1
    M Steyn 16-7-0
    F Steyn 12-6-1
    Rossouw 12-3-2
    J du Plessis 12-5-2
    Mtawarira 12-2-0

    P Spies 4-1-0

    So what was Spies doing for 80 minutes?
    Making up the numbers?

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