Boks will not ease up, vows White

SPRINGBOK coach Jake White has dismissed any prospect of complacency creeping into the South African camp as they prepare for a World Cup showdown with England.

White’s team will arrive at the Stade de France next Friday following an eight-try 59-7 demolition of Pool A opponents Samoa.

The victory was in stark contrast to England’s stuttering triumph against the USA in Lens, and confirmed South Africa’s status as overwhelming favourites to brush aside the reigning world champions.

But White said: “I don’t think what happened yesterday or today counts for anything in terms of Friday night.

“I believe it is a huge bonus for England to have an extra day’s recovery time, but when you are world champions you must get something that is in your favour. Come Friday though, I don’t think it will make that much difference.”

White said he expected England skipper Phil Vickery, who could yet be cited for his trip on American centre Paul Emerick, to be available for an encounter that should decide Pool A.

South Africa recovered from a hesitant start to score 50 unanswered points. Wing Bryan Habana showcased his mesmeric finishing quality by claiming four high-class tries, while full-back Percy Montgomery weighed in with 29 points from a try double, three penalties and five conversions.

Centre Jaque Fourie and wing JP Pietersen also touched down, while Samoa had to content themselves with a Gavin Williams try that he also converted.

South Africa were able to move through the gears with consummate ease, scoring three tries in nine minutes during the third quarter to end the game as a contest.

White also paid to tribute to Habana’s devastating exhibition of finishing power.

“He is a special, special player. His first try came at a vital time of the game, and he is very important to the game we want to play.”

Samoa coach Michael Jones said: “Once South Africa get on a roll, they are a juggernaut, but the first half showed that if we can get 10% of the ball we can be a real threat.”

South Africa scorers — Tries: Habana 4, Montgomery 2, Fourie, Pietersen. Cons: Montgomery 5. Pens: Montgomery 3.

Samoa scorers — Tries: Williams. Cons: Williams.

SOUTH AFRICA: Montgomery, Pietersen, Fourie, de Villiers, Habana, James, du Preez, du Randt, Smit, van der Linde, B. Botha, Matfield, Burger, Smith, Rossouw.

Replacements: Steyn for de Villiers (44), Januarie for du Preez (65), B. Botha for du Randt (5), du Plessis for Smit (64), Muller for B. Botha (67), van Heerden for Rossouw (65).

SAMOA: Lemi, Fa’atau, Williams, Meafou, A. Tuilagi, Fuimaono-Sapolu, Poluleuigaga, Va’a, Schwalger, Johnston, Tekori, Thompson, Leo, Sititi, H. Tuilagi, Lima.

Replacements: Savealii for Fa’atau (61), Lima for Meafou (61), Lealamanua for Va’a (63), Purdie for Tekori (63), Vaeluaga for H. Tuilagi (57), Fuga for Lima (65).

Referee: P Honiss (New Zealand).

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