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Saturday 18 August 2018

World Cup round-up: Matfield set to captain Boks

SECOND-ROW Victor Matfield will captain South Africa in their final Pool D game against Samoa on Friday.

Matfield, who has been troubled by a hamstring problem, takes over from John Smit.

Smit is rested to the bench, with Bismarck du Plessis handed a start instead of Smit at hooker.

"It is the first time since our first game that we have the privilege to select the team from 29 fit players," Springboks coach Peter de Villiers said.

"The one thing that stood out in the Samoa v Fiji game was how good Samoa were at scrum time.

"They annihilated the Fiji scrums, so that is a bit of bother for us. But having Victor back in the lineout, that can be a great contest now. He understands the systems and he inspires people around him."

South Africa (v Samoa): P Lambie; J P Pietersen, J Fourie, F Steyn, B Habana; M Steyn, F du Preez; T Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, D Rossouw, V Matfield (capt), H Brussow, S Burger, P Spies. Replacements: J Smit, G Steenkamp, C J van der Linde, W Alberts, F Louw, F Hougaard, J de Villiers.



Argentina lose injured Lobbe

Argentina number eight Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe has been ruled out for the remainder of the World Cup after suffering a knee injury against Scotland.

The Pumas forward was replaced after 31 minutes of the 13-12 Pool B win in Wellington which kept Argentina's hopes of progressing to the quarter-finals alive ahead of Sunday's clash with Georgia.

But they will be without Toulon back row Lobbe, who will require an operation and faces months on the sidelines.

Prop Rodrigo Roncero suffered a thigh injury and faces further medical assessment, while Juan Manuel Leguizamon suffered an ankle injury.



Canada saved by Monro try

Ander Monro scored a late try and a penalty as Canada salvaged a 23-23 draw to deny Japan its first World Cup win in 20 years.

Japan led a scrappy contest 23-15 with five minutes remaining, but could not hang on for its first tournament win since 1991. The teams drew 12-12 at the 2007 World Cup.

Hooker Shota Horie and right winger Kosuke Endo scored first-half tries for Japan.

Canada's first two tries came from centre DTH van der Merwe and left winger Phil MacKenzie.

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