Four tries: Bryan Habana

PARIS 9, September -  South Africa saw off an early Samoan storm to run out comfortable 59-7 winners in their opening Pool A IRB Rugby World Cup match at Parc Des Princes.

Four tries by lightening Springbok left wing Bryan Habana, alongside a double by veteran full back Percy Montgomery and a try each to outside centre Jaque Fourie in the 45th minute and right wing JP Pietersen right on the whistle ensured the Springbok bonus point victory.

Habana's two first-half tries were both brilliant solo efforts that saw him display his full array of attacking talents, stepping and weaving past would-be tacklers.

Montgomery bagged 29 points, with two tries, five conversions and three penalties in a solid all round display.

Samoa started the match with their typical bruising approach and looked well in the game when outside centre Gavin Williams burst onto a wonderfully weighted ball from his centre partner Jerry Meafou to cross untouched in the 18th minute.

Williams converted his own try but sadly that was the last Samoan addition to the score board as the pressure from the huge Springbok pack started to tell.

Brian 'The Chriopractor' Lima came on for his first appearance at his fifth world cup in the second half, but sadly only lasted one minute on the field when he was forced off following a head clash while attempting a typically massive tackle.

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