VIDEO: Springboks ran riot against Samoa

Handre Pollard won the man of the match award for his brilliant performance against Samoa.
Handre Pollard won the man of the match award for his brilliant performance against Samoa.

After their shocking defeat at the hands of Japan the Springboks came out guns blazing in their second game of the Rugby World Cup as they defeat Samoa 46-6.

The Springboks ran in six tries as they looked to redeem themselves after their embarrassing lose in their opening game.

The Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer made eight changes to the team that lost against Japan, including the current South African Rugby player of the year Duane Vermeulen, who made his first appearance in the green and gold jersey this year.

Samoa came at the back of a great victory against a determined United States of America team, and would have fancied their chances against the wounded Springboks.

The much improved Springboks were the first to go over the

white line, when JP Petersen intercepted a miss judged pass from Samoa’s number 10 Mike Stanley, to

put the Boks in front.

The Springboks went into the break leading 17-6 as they showed more tactical awareness and composure, at the break downs which they failed to do against Japan.

Meyer ‘s men continued where they left off in the first half with Petersen scoring a hat-trick of tries, as they piled on the pressure on the Samoan defence.

Schalk Brits came from the bench to dot down a fourth try to give his team a bonus point victory, with nine minutes remaining, Petersen touchdown for his third before a brilliant sprint from Bryan Habana to seal a win that moved the Boks on top of Group B.

Handre Pollard was named the man of the match for his brilliant performance, despite Petersen running in three tries.

Scorers: South Africa

JP Petersen (3)

Schalk Brits

Bryan Habana

Schalk Burger

Conversions: Handre Pollard, Patrick Lambie

Penalties: Pollard (4)

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