Springboks lauded following win against Samoa

The Boks outscored their opponents by six tries to zero, with winger JP Petersen scoring a hatrick.

JP Pietersen (R) scores his first of three tries during the Pool B match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Samoa at Villa Park in Birmingham on September 26, 2015.

CAPE TOWN - South Africans around the country have been celebrating following the Springboks emphatic 46-6 win over Samoa at the Rugby World Cup last night.

The Boks outscored their opponents by six tries to zero, with winger JP Petersen scoring a hatrick.

Former Springbok winger Ray Mordt praised the team for their perfect display against Samoa, particularly after their shock defeat to Japan.

"We've been giving them hard time because we didn't accept what happened last week, but we're really back in the World Cup of we can keep this display."

Mordt says the forwards were outstanding and this time there was real intent to want to win the game.

"We came up that second half and we really put a lot of pressure on them. You could see the guys wanted to get a bonus point and we just turned the taps up and the tight fight was just outstanding, at break time point, at the set pieces."

Another former Springbok player, Krynauw Otto, says a win was a much needed confidence boost.

"Other teams probably now believed that they can beat us after that Japan game, we just need to build our confidence and good work from the team."

Otto says the team was brilliant in the second half, but praised them for showing determination.

"The guys were conservative and they stayed calm, they just built the game. It was still a close game at half time but second the guys just played much better. I think we took the game to them and we were very aggressive and physical."

Scores of fans across the country also expressed delight after the win, saying the team played much better and showed desire to win.

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.

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