After a sombre week, the Bokke came into this test hoping that history will not repeat itself but that stats would prevail at the end of their match against Samoa.
An unbeaten record against Samoa and a few changes to the team that lost their opening 2015 World Cup match to Japan, once again the crowd and a Nation were behind the boys in Green and Gold.
The Samoans tried to intimidate the Bokke with their war cry which in my opinion (no disrespect), is less threatening than the All Black Haka…the Bokke proved this as Pollard converted a penalty straight after the kick off.
The Bokke looked a different team to last week probably because they knew what to expect, lots of physicality with De Allende having a good game.
The 15th minute saw JP Petersen stroll his way over the line through an interception, hy lyk ‘n bietjie bulky vir my oppie wing maar hy het voor die World Cup gesé hy is ‘n ander speeler.
De Villiers, captian fantastic, was denied a try after Willie Le Roux was tackled out of line in the corner, finally the Bokke have come to the World Cup. I don’t know why we as South African’s are surprised though. African Time guys, our boys got this.
Four successful penalties by Pollard and a try by JP Petersen saw the half time score tick over at 17 – 6, Samoa converting 2 penalties.
Last weeks team combined had 880 caps and Matfield contributed half those caps (joke), I don’t know what the coach put in the water…seems like Viagra because in the second half the Boks had more balls. They were more confident on the ball, opting to run the ball more.
Willie Le Roux had a hat-trick of ALMOST tries denied but it was JP Petersen who made sure he crossed the line and placed the ball on the ground for his hat-trick.
Veterans Schalk Burger and Bryan Habana both made history crossing the line for their 50th and 60th test tries respectively, Schalk Brits added his first.
The Bokke were too much for Somoa today even player 23 joined in the 80th minute, must this player always be gesuip tss tss tss, Yes United We Shall Stand but we do not condone such idiocy from the fans.
14 points and a fine game at fly-half from Man of the Match, Pollard, together with 6 unanswered tries gave the Boks a convincing 40 point win.
Soos Steve Hofmeyer sing – Win or Lose…Ek Bly ‘n Bok, vandag was hulle Bok Befo_Ok.
In the other matches of the day:
Italy secured their 1st victory in Pool D after narrowly defeating Canada 23-18 at Elland Road in Leeds.
An intense game between England and Wales kept everyone on the edge of their seats even if you are Royalty.
Wales came away with the 4 points beating England 28 – 25 but injuries could be a determining factor in the rest of their World Cup campaign.