Do or die for Boks

Springbok captain Jean de Villiers. Image by © Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE/SPORTSFILE/Corbis
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers. Image by © Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE/SPORTSFILE/Corbis

The Springboks will look to bounce back against Samoa in their second match of the World Cup on Saturday, after their loss against Japan last weekend.

The Boks were humiliated by an inspired Japanese side last Saturday with a score of 34-32 , and another defeat will take them to the verge of crashing out of the tournament.

Boks coach Heyneke Meyer was heavily criticised after the Japan defeat, with many saying he played over-aged players like Victor Matfield and captain Jean de Villiers.

Meyer has made more than eight changes to the starting line-up against Japan for the upcoming game against Samoa.

The Springboks have met the Samoans three times in World cups, winning all of them.

Their recent meeting was in the 2011 World Cup, when the Boks narrowly edged out the Islanders 13-5.

Kickoff is scheduled for 17:45.

South African team to play Samoa is as follows:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jesse Kriel.

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