Samoa v South Africa, Rugby World Cup, September 30
Samoa's wretched record against Boks
ESPNscrum Staff
September 23, 2011
Bryan Habana looks to break a Samoan tackle, South Africa v Samoa, World Cup, Parc des Princes, September 9 2007
Bryan Habana scored four tries in the last World Cup clash between South Africa and Samoa in 2007 © Getty Images
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Samoa will head into their Pool D clash with South Africa in North Shore looking for their first victory over the Springboks.

South Africa have recorded six victories over the Pacific Islanders with the sides first meeting coming in Johannesburg in 1995. In truth Samoa have never come close to upsetting the Springboks with South Africa running out convincing winners each time they have met. The Springboks' smallest margin of victory was 27 points in Johannesburg in 2007.

On four occasions South Africa have racked up more than 50 points, three times they have scored 60. The record looks no better for Samoa when the three meetings in a Rugby World Cup are taken in isolation. In June 1995 Chester Williams scored four tries as the Springboks ran out 42-14 victors on their way to being crowned World Champions. Eight years later they scored eight tries to defeat Samoa 60-10 in the Pool stages and then Bryan Habana replicated Williams' feat by scoring four tries as the Springboks crushed their opponents 59-7 on the path to lifting the Webb Ellis trophy once again.

Samoa v South Africa

All-time record: Played: 6, Samoa won 0, South Africa won 6

Biggest winning margin: SA: 52 (59-7 Paris 2007 and 60-8 Johannesburg 1995)

Highest score: Sam: 18 (18-60 Pretoria 2002); SA: 60 (60-10 Brisbane 2003, 60-18 Pretoria 2002, 60-8 Johannesburg 1995)

Most tries: Sam: 3 (18-60 Pretoria 2002); SA: 9 (60-8 Johannesburg 1995)

Most points (individual): Sam: 10 Gavin Williams; SA: 40 Gavin Johnson

Most tries (individual): Sam: Nine players on one; SA: 6 Chester Williams

Previous World Cup meetings: 3 (SA 42-14 Samoa, Johannesburg, 1995) (SA 60-10 Samoa, Brisbane, 2003) (SA 59-7 Samoa, Paris, 2007)

Statsguru archive:

Click here for Samoa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click here for a record of all Samoa v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru

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