Springbok Facts and Stats

Posted on July 24, 2019  /  Issued by SA Rugby
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Springbok records against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium

Played 7; Won 1; Lost 6; Drawn 0; Points for 115; Points against 214; Tries for 14; Tries against 25; Wins 14%

Team records against New Zealand:

  • Most points: 36 – 15 September 2018 (the 36 points conceded by New Zealand were their most ever against any opponent on home soil)
  • Most tries: 5 – 15 September 2018
  • Most conversions: 4 – 15 September 2018
  • Most penalty goals: 1 – On five occasions
  • Most drop goals: 1 – 20 July 2002 and 13 September 2014

Individual records against New Zealand:

  • Most points: 11 – H Pollard – 15 September 2018
  • Most tries: 2 – AO Dyantyi – 15 September 2018
  • Most conversions: 4 – H Pollard – 15 September 2018
  • Most penalty goals: 1 – By five players
  • Most drop goals: 1 – WW Greeff –20 July 2002 and H Pollard – 13 September 2014

Springbok records against all opponents at Westpac Stadium

Played 10; Won 3; Lost 3; Drawn 0; Points for 190; Points against 244; Tries for 22; Tries against 27; Wins 30%

Team records:

  • Most points: 49 v Fiji – 17 September 2011
  • Most tries: 6 v Fiji – 17 September 2011
  • Most conversions: 5 v Fiji – 17 September 2011
  • Most penalty goals: 2 v Australia – 9 October 2011
  • Most drop goals: 1 on three occasions

Individual records:

  • Most points: 21 by M Steyn (t, 5c, 2p) v Fiji – 17 September 2011
  • Most tries: 2 by AO Dyantyi v New Zealand – 15 September 2018
  • Most conversions: 5 by M Steyn v Fiji – 17 September 2011
  • Most penalty goals: 2 by M Steyn v Fiji – 17 September 2011 and v Australia – 9 October, 2011
  • Most drop goals: 1 by each of WW Greeff v New Zealand – 20 July 2002; M Steyn v Australia – 9 October 2011 and H Pollard v New Zealand – 13 September 2014

Miscellaneous:

  • The total test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 457. There are 168 caps in the backline with 289 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 350 caps.
  • The average number of caps per player in the backline are 24, the forwards 36 while the players on the bench average 44 caps. The average age of the starting fifteen is 27.
  • Eben Etzebeth is the third most capped lock with 77 Test matches. Victor Matfield (127) and Bakkies Botha (85) are the most capped locks.

Milestones and Records:

  • Tendai Mtawarira is the second most capped Springbok in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship with 51 appearances. Bryan Habana holds the records with 53 appearances.
  • Should a successful drop goal be kicked by a Springbok in this Test match, it will be the 30th drop goal against New Zealand in the history of Test match rugby between the two countries.

Match Officials:

  • The referee is Nic Berry of Australia and this will be his 10th Test match as a referee, but his first involving South Africa.
  • The assistant referees are Angus Gardner of Australia and Shuhei Kubo of Japan, while Rowan Kitt (England) is the TMO.