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Result: South Africa 13-5 Samoa

Result: South Africa 13-5 Samoa
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South Africa narrowly defeat Samoa to top Pool D and progress to the quarter final stage.

South Africa have narrowly avoided a World Cup scare by edging past Samoa 13-5 to progress to the quarter-finals with a 100% record.

The reigning champions went ahead early on thanks to a Bryan Habana try which Morne Steyn converted.

Further penalties from Steyn and his namesake Frans Steyn gave South Africa a 13-0 half-time lead.

The Samoans held firm in the second period and were rewarded with a try when George Stowers went over.

With 10 minutes left of the game Samoa were reduced to 14 men when Paul Williams was sent off for a punching incident.

South Africa advance to the quarter-final stage as Pool D winners and are likely to face Australia in the quarter-finals, if Ireland defeat Italy in the final game of the group stage on Sunday morning.

Samoa, meanwhile, are expected to finish third in Pool D if Wales defeat Fiji on Sunday.

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