Venue: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Johannesburg
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
This rugby test match is the second match to be featured on Saturday. This match is significant in that both teams are undefeated in this new-style tournament being held in South Africa.
Samoa upset Scotland 27-17 in round 1 and then demolished Italy 39-10 in the second. This is a Pacific Island nation on the rise but they will find the Springbox another level up again.
South Africa has cruised to Round 3 with wins against Italy 44-10 and Scotland 30-17. The game against Scotland was less than convincing and the forward-dominated approach has drawn criticism. It will be a fascinating encounter.
Last Five Encounters
30.09.2011 South Africa 13-5 in Albany (World Cup, Pool D)
09.09.2007 South Africa 59-7 in Paris (World Cup, Pool A)
09.06.2007 South Africa 35-8 in Johhesburg
01.11.2003 South Africa 60-10 in Brisbane (World Cup, Pool C)
These two teams first met in 1995, Samoa losing 8-60 in a pre-World Cup warm-up match in Johannesburg.
GWC Rugby Ranking
Samoa 6th, South Africa 7th
IRB Ranking Points
South Africa 86.94, Samoa 80.50
Prediction: If Samoa can hold the South Africans in the forwards (they held the Italian forwards-No mean achievement), defend and attack in the backs this is Samoa’s best opportunity to cause one of rugby’s greatest upsets.
Prediction: Samoa by 3 points
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers, Capt. / Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts / Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe,
4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen,
19 Juandré Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi / Marcell Coetzee, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein / Juan de Jongh.
15 James So'oialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams,Capt. 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusiata Pisi, 9 Jeremy Sua, 8 Taiasina Tuifua, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Teofilo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston,
2 Wayne Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Logovii Mulipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Vaaulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Faosiliva.
In the other match to scoop up the crumbs, Scotland will play Italy in a rematch of many 6 Nations contests for the Wooden Spoon.
Prediction: Scotland by 10 points