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#RWC2015: Springboks thrash Samoa 46-6

A hatrick by right winger JP Pietersen, among others, saw the Boks convincingly beat Samoa.

JP Pietersen. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup.

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks secured a bonus-point 46-6 win over Samoa in their Pool B clash at the Rugby World Cup 2015.

A hatrick by right winger JP Pietersen, one from Schalk Burger, a first test try for substitute Schalk Brits and a 60th international try by Bryan Habana saw the Boks convincingly beat Samoa to get over last week's shocking defeat to Japan.

They outscored the Samoans by six tries to zero, with 14 points also coming via the boot of flyhalf Handre Pollard.

As expected, it was a highly physical encounter, with both teams ferociously competing for ball at the breakdown. Victor Matfield was also impressive at lineout time, winning three opposition lineouts.

Pietersen's first half try, and four Pollard penalties saw South Africa lead 17-6 at the break, but 29 unanswered points in the second half saw the Boks easily win this encounter.

Pollard gave the Boks an early 3-0 lead after just 2 minutes.

His opposite number, Samoan number 10 Michael Stanley then slotted two penalties to give the Pacific islanders a 6-3 lead, the only time they led in the game.

That's when the Boks hit back, as Petersen broke up a Samoan backline move, by intercepting in the Samoan half to race 70 metres up the field to score and give South Africa an 11-6 lead after 20 minutes.

Pietersen's second try came seven minutes into the second half after the ball moved beautifully and quickly down the backline for him to dot down in the right hand corner.

He completed his hatrick in the 79th minute, again, dotting down in the right hand corner like he did for his second score.

Good play by the forwards saw Burger and his namesake Brits score in the second half as well.

Habana would also get on the scoresheet as he rounded off the rout with a trademark try as he raced down the left wing to score.

Pat Lambie added the extras, as Heyneke Meyer's Springboks put their world cup campaign back on track.

THREE FOR JP A hat-trick for @jppietersen14, the second of #RWC2015, seals a vital win for #RSA against #SAM #RSAvSAM pic.twitter.com/KKIGBtlaEW

What a way to finish of the match. @BryanHabana extends his #Springbok try scoring record. It is all over 46-6. Well done #Springboks.

After 30 mins of great action, the #Springboks lead 14-6 @galloimages pic.twitter.com/jcPsOK4O5S

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