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Habana ready for tough Samoa clash


Bryan Habana

Bryan Habana

Bryan Habana

South Africa try machine Bryan Habana is braced for a physically punishing World Cup clash against Samoa.

Victory or a draw for the Springboks would confirm a probable quarter-final appointment with Australia in Wellington on Sunday week. But if Samoa tear up the form book - and Wales beat Fiji on Sunday - there is a possibility South Africa could make a pool stage exit.

"It is pretty tough playing against Samoa," said Habana, South Africa's record Test match try-scorer. "That first 20 minutes (against Samoa in the 2007 World Cup) was some of the toughest Test match rugby I have ever played. It is tough, and tomorrow will be no different."

He added: "Injuries are part of the game, and if you worry about it you are playing the wrong sport. Rugby is not a contact sport, but a collision sport, and you brace yourself for that.

"It will be a tough one."

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