Habana ready for tough Samoa clash
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."