Boks narrowly beat Samoa

The Springboks have beaten Samoa 13-5 in their final Pool D group match at the...

The Springboks beat Samoa in their final group D match at the Rugby World Cup on 30 September 2011. Picture: AFP

The Springboks have beaten Samoa 13-5 in their final Pool D group match at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The South Africans defended a concerted second half surge from the Samoans to win the match and end the group stage on top of their pool with 18 points.

Wing Bryan Habana scored the Boks' only try in the 10th minute. Flyhalf Morné Steyn and centre Francois Steyn kicked one conversion and two penalties between them.

Samoa's points were scored by George Stowers who crossed the tryline.

John Smit, who started the game on the bench, was sent to the sin bin in the 71st minute, soon after replacing Bismarck du Plessis in the second half.

Samoan Paul Williams was sent off a minute earlier.

The Boks end their campaign on top of Group D and will likely face Australia in the quarter-finals.