So'oialo back to face the Boks

Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:58
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Samoa have made one predictable change in the team to face South Africa Saturday in the Pretoria final of a four-nation tournament.

Fullback James So'oialo, a late injury withdrawal from the side that whipped Italy 39-10 in Nelspruit last weekend, returns in place of Brando Va'aulu, who drops to the bench.

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

It is the second week in a row that coach Stephen Betham made one change as the Pacific islanders followed up a bruising 27-17 win over Scotland in Durban with a five-try-to-one triumph over the Italians.

South Africa have won the seven matches between the countries since 1995 - the year the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup at the first attempt with a 15-12 extra-time triumph over the hotly fancied New Zealand All Blacks.

The last meeting was at the group stage of the 2011 World Cup hosted by New Zealand with South Africa emerging 13-5 victors, the narrowest winning margin against the islanders.

Samoa: 15 James So'oialo, 14 Alapati Leiua, 13 Paul Williams (captain), 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.

Date: Saturday, June 22
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT, 04.15, Sunday, June 23 Samoa time)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Hennessy (Wales), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)