Quadrangular tournament final preview: South Africa v Samoa

Last Updated: 20/06/13 5:35pm

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South Africa host Samoa in Saturday's quadrangular tournament final in Pretoria looking to make it eight wins on the bounce against the islanders since 1995.

That was the year the Springboks won the World Cup at the first attempt and the last meeting between the countries was at the group stage of the 2011 World Cup with South Africa emerging 13-5 victors, the narrowest winning margin against their opponents.

Both sides go into the tournament decider - which is being shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 4.15pm (BST) - unbeaten after wins over Italy and Scotland.

The hosts have made at least two changes to their pack but will wait until the day before to make decisions on the fitness of skipper Jean de Villiers and flanker Willem Alberts.

Former Munster centre De Villiers has a chest injury, while flanker Alberts must also pass a fitness test on a side strain if he is to feature.

Jan Serfontein will earn his first start for the Springboks should De Villiers be ruled out as one of up to four changes from the 30-17 win over Scotland.

Siya Kolisi will replace Alberts if the Sharks back row is absent, while openside Francois Louw does return after getting married last week.

Second row Flip van der Merwe is listed to start in the second row for Juandre Kruger, who drops to the bench.

So'oialo returns

Samoa have made one predictable change, with full-back James So'oialo, a late injury withdrawal from the side that beat Italy 39-10 in Nelspruit last weekend, returning in place of Brando Va'aulu, who drops to the bench.

Flanker Piula Faasalele, who made his Test debut as a substitute against the Azzurri, has been left out of the match 23 with Alafoti Fa'osilvia promoted.

Italy and Scotland will meet in the other match on Saturday with both looking for their first wins of the tournament.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt) or Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts or Siya Kolisi, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Juandre Kruger, 20 Siya Kolisi or Marcell Coetzee, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein or Juan de Jongh.

Samoa15 James So'oialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (capt), 12 Johnny Leota, 11 Alesana Tuilagi, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Jeremy Su'a, 8 Taiasina Tuifu'a, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Ofisa Treviranus, 5 Daniel Leo, 4 Filo Paulo, 3 Census Johnston, 2 Ole Avei, 1 Sakaria Taulafo.
Replacements: 16 Ti'i Paulo, 17 Logovi'i Mulipola, 18 James Johnston, 19 Kane Thompson, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Brando Va'aulu, 22 Seilala Mapusua, 23 Alafoti Fa'osiliva.

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