South Africa are through to the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup after a hard fought 13-5 victory over Samoa in Auckland on Friday (30th September).
The coach and captain of the defending champions are happy to make it through Pool D, generally regarded as the hardest of the four pools in the competition.
South Africa won a bruising Pool D game against Samoa 13-5 on Friday (30th September), to qualify for the World Cup quarter finals as pool winners.
Captain Victor Matfield admitted it was a tough match for his side, but he's hoping that the difficult pool matches will be good preparation for the knockout stages.
"That was a very physical game, and we've played a lot of physical games before against other teams as well. All the top teams are pretty physical, but I think we're happy that we got through this pool. I think our preparation might be a bit better than the other teams that hadn't had such hard games that we have, but on the other side we lose a bit, so we might have to recover a day or two extra than the other teams. So some you win, other places you lose, but we'll work it out and put everything in to be ready for Australia on Sunday."
SUPER CAPTION: Victor Matfield, South Africa captain
"What we knew, everybody called this pool the pool of death. We knew it was going to be tough, the guys that we played against are quite high up on the ranking list of the IRB (International Rugby Board). If you look at how they went about it on the field, and made it so close, for us we know we had a hell of a pool to get through. We're through it now, and now it's all systems go."
SUPER CAPTION: Peter de Villiers, South Africa coach
Samoa captain Mahonri Schwalger was unhappy with the refereeing performance, after full-back Paul Williams was sent off 10 minutes from time.
"Well you guys saw the result out there. I think the ref was pretty hard on us, you know there was a lot of time they were slowing our ball down. For me, he's got to be fair on us as well, he's got to make sure he gives us a chance as well for us to compete on the sorts of games like this. I felt like it was one way, but at the end of the day we can't change the result. It's done."