South Africa's thumping 46-6 win over Samoa has been marred by a pitch invader late in the contest.

In the final minutes of the clash, a Springbok fan made his way onto the pitch, joining in at the ruck and looking to tackle a Samoan player before being thrown aside by Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen.

Springbok winger Bryan Habana tells the pitch invader where to go. Photo / Getty
Springbok winger Bryan Habana tells the pitch invader where to go. Photo / Getty

The moment evoked memories of Pieter van Zyl, a South African fan who assaulted referee David McHugh in 2002 in an All Blacks v South Africa clash.

Richie McCaw and AJ Venter tackled the drunk van Zyl to the ground, before he was dragged away by security. McHugh was left with a dislocated shoulder and had to be carried off on a stretcher, while van Zyl was sentenced to three months in jail and banned for life from attending all rugby matches in South Africa.

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