Rugby Championship

9 out of 10 losses for Boks

2014-10-02 08:48
Heyneke Meyer (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The Springboks head into their Rugby Championship encounter with the All Blacks at Ellis Park on Saturday knowing they have lost nine out of their last 10 meetings with their old rivals.

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Since Peter de Villiers's Springboks beat the All Blacks three times back-to-back in 2009, the Boks have fallen off the bandwagon in the rivalry.

South Africa's only win in the last 10 meetings with New Zealand was a 18-5 victory in Port Elizabeth shortly before the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

In fact, the All Blacks have won seven of the meetings by 10 or more points and since Heyneke Meyer became coach, the Boks have lost all five encounter.

Overall, the All Blacks boast a 51-34 win-loss record against the Boks, with three matches ending in draws.

Saturday's Test at Ellis Park will be a sell-out, with the Golden Lions Rugby Union indicating all 62 000 tickets have been sold out.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Last 10 meetings between South African and New Zealand:

September 13, 2014: New Zealand 14-10 South Africa - Westpac Stadium, Wellington
October 5, 2013: South Africa 27-38 New Zealand, Ellis Park, Johannesburg
September 14, 2013: New Zealand 29-15 South Africa, Eden Park, Auckland
October 6, 2012: South Africa 16-32 New Zealand, FNB Stadium, Soweto
September 15, 2012: New Zealand 21-11 South Africa, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
August 20, 2011: South Africa 18-5 New Zealand, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
July 30, 2011: New Zealand 40-7 South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
August 21, 2010: South Africa 22-29 New Zealand, FNB Stadium, Soweto
July 17, 2010: New Zealand 31-17 South Africa, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
July 10, 2010: New Zealand 32-12 South Africa, Eden Park, Auckland


South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Reid, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Ryan Crotty


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