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Boks set for more records

2011-09-21 19:36

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Auckland - The Springboks will take another step towards a remarkable record when they take on Namibia on Thursday morning (SA time).

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In fact, a number of unique records can be set when the Boks meet their northern neighours at the North Harbour Stadium in Albany in what is expected to be a rather one-sided contest.

With a victory, the Boks will equal their own record run of 10 unbeaten games in a World Cup, and close in on the Australian record of 12 consecutive victories in the tournament. Ironically to do that, the Boks will need to beat Samoa next week and then are likely to face the same Australians to claim a place in the semis.

While both coach Peter de Villiers and captain John Smit played down all milestones on Tuesday, it is very apparent that the game not only serves as the perfect motivation to keep the World Cup momentum going, but also to settle some personal milestones that have been plaguing the team for much too long.

The chief among these is Bryan Habana’s continued stall at the 38th parallel with Joost van der Westhuizen in the all-time scoring stakes. There is nobody more atuned to this than Habana, who will want to answer his critics by crossing the tryline during the game and making the record his own.

There are more milestones that can and will be reached, and for now if the Boks can be ruthless against Namibia, they will score a few records of their won.

John Smit will captain the Springboks for a world record 82nd time. It will also be his 15th Test in RWC tournaments and 10th as captain. Smit made his RWC debut in 2003 against Uruguay as a replacement hooker. In this match he will extend his Springbok record as the most capped hooker to 94 caps and become the most capped Springbok with 109 Tests.

Jaque Fourie holds the Springbok record for most career tries as a centre (27). Following his try against Fiji on Saturday he shares with Bryan Habana the Springbok record of eight tries in RWC tournaments.

Morné Steyn needs 24 points to reach 400 points in his Test career.

Schalk Burger is South Africa’s most capped flank forward with 63 Tests and shares the all-time Springbok try scoring record for a flank with Juan Smith with 11 tries each.

Pierre Spies is South Africa’s top try scorer in Tests as a No 8 with 7 tries.

Gurthrö Steenkamp became South Africa’s top try scorer as a prop in Tests when he scored his sixth Test try against last week against Fiji.

Teams:

South Africa:
15 Pat Lambie, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Danie Rossouw, 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 John Smit (captain), Gurthro Steenkamp.

Substitutes: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Francois Louw, 19 Heinrich Brüssow, 20 Fourie du Preez, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Namibia:
15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Danie Dames, 13 Danie van Wyk, 12 Piet van Zyl, 11 Heine Bock, 10 Theuns Kotze, 9 Eugene Jantjies, 8 Jacques Nieuwenhuis, 7 Jacques Burger (c), 6 Tinus du Plessis, 5 Nico Esterhuyse, 4 Heinz Koll, 3 Marius Visser, 2 Bertus O'Callaghan, 1 Johnnie Redelinghuys

Substitutes: 16 Hugo Horn, 17 Jané du Toit, 18 Pieter Jan van Lill, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ryan de la Harpe, 21 Darryl de la Harpe, 22 Conrad Marais

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Comments
  • Bok-USA - 2011-09-21 20:08

    stop looking for records and play the best players, as they deserve it.

      RandomDude - 2011-09-21 21:49

      and trolls

      Wormtongue - 2011-09-22 00:44

      R & P you are not the sharpest tool in the shed. Bok-USA is not claiming that the Boks are the best. He is just suggesting that the best 15 be chosen. What's up bro - under which pile of manure did you jump from?

  • Bizarre - 2011-09-21 20:27

    @ Twakprat Jaque Fourie/Bryan Habana have the most world cup tries (8)

  • Old EagleEye - 2011-09-21 20:33

    Records, records, records, records.....forget about the trivial ones, and return with the biggest RECORD of all-the T R O P H Y !

      Steyts - 2011-09-21 21:01

      Get the trophy then we are: First team to win it back to back, first team to win it three times, first team to reach 14 consecutive world cup victories. THAT IS WHAT I CALL RECORDS!!!

      Ruck'n Punt - 2011-09-21 21:29

      @steyts (shytes), records set so far are the amount of dumb boers immigrating to OZ/NZ, what's the record for NZ v SA at rugby. You poor deluded thing, even suzie wont help you this time

      RandomDude - 2011-09-21 21:56

      @Ruck'n Punt.. . you're unintentionally dissing yourself and not us ... keep rolling sixes

      Wormtongue - 2011-09-21 21:58

      R & P - that would be emmigrating to OZ/NZ. If English is your first language, you obviously can add linguistic challenges to your list of issues.

  • marco - 2011-09-21 21:36

    Forget records albeit they make for nice chit-chat around a BRAAI.What's disturbing is the wealth of conspiracy theories that sprang up surrounding the games this week.For example SkySports wrote "Boks blast conspiracy theories...Defending champions not taking Namibia lightly...South Africa assistant coach Gary Gold has rejected as "preposterous" suggestions that the Springboks might consider losing a World Cup match in order to secure an 'easier' quarter-final opponent." And the other one is the conspiracy theory between the France and the All Blacks game where France opted to field two scrum-halves in their match,Dimitri Yachvili at scrum-half and morgan-parra at flyhalf even though they know that they'd rather lose this game against the All Blacks so as to avoid either Australia or South Africa in the Semi's. Something smells really bad here if these allegations were found to be true and if cheating your way to Webb Ellis glory can only be secure by going the easy route to the final.

  • Jackool - 2011-09-21 21:47

    Where do they dig up these crappy statistics and who cares? Just win the games.

  • nzbro - 2011-09-21 21:50

    this match can hardly be regarded as a fair contest so nothing significant should be read into the obvious expected result but knowing the boks they will read heaps into the their final expected high scores. Like how great they are blah blah blah until they face a real team like wales, ab, oz, etc. this rwc was the first time in years that the boks actually crossed a try line and its noted that that occurred against a little island team & the like.... yawn!

      RandomDude - 2011-09-21 22:22

      NZBro , those players have won the RWC, Tri-nations and beat the British Lions. That's why we think they are great not because they beat Fiji. If that doesn't qualify you as a Rugby great I'm not sure what should. Stating the obvious , we're happy about Fiji because of the way they played on the day not the fact that they beat them . Also, we faced 'real' teams, OZ. FR & NZ, in 95 and last time we played the ABs we beat them. And honestly, in a RWC context the ABs do not qualify as a great team. France has more claim to being called great than you guys do .

      marco - 2011-09-21 22:49

      @nzbro You don't like the Boks for some reason.Let me tell you the BOKS FEAR NO ONE you feel me!On their day they can rip to shreds any team anywhere in the world.You wait till Heinrich Brussow(world's best fetcher) gets hold of Richie McCaw by his balls and we'll see.Boks have the best goalkicker in Morné Steyn,best hooker in Bismarck du Plessis,the best whatever... so what do you moan about try scoring.We have an 88% win record at worldcups whether that means crossing the white chalk or not,does New Zealand come even close to that?I didn't think so cause they always ****ing choke when it matters most.The All Blacks and those that supports them always arrogantly believe their standards have to be higher than anyone else because they are the standard of everyone else.In World Cups that ain't the case.

      pants - 2011-09-21 23:49

      Hahahahaah..... better than no WC's. You cant even count the first one NZ won, because the boks weren't there. So go smoke some more tik...... Wannabe.

      bonny - 2011-09-22 11:11

      Wow Bud, is your coffee a little bitter today? I may remind you that we have already played Wales.. May I also remind you that the Small Blacks have also had a game which was not necessarily a "fair contest". Try to pay attention now. You sound like a petulant child.

  • Darren - 2011-09-22 07:27

    Ruck…Punt…pause…voetsak outta here!

  • Peanut - 2011-09-22 08:07

    Traveling in a train, were a Wallaby,a Springbok,a spectacular looking blonde and an older lady. After several minutes of the trip,the train happens to pass through a dark tunnel and the unmistakable sound of a slap is heard. When they leave the tunnel,the Wallaby had a big red slap mark on his cheek. (1) The blonde thought – “That horrible Wallaby wanted to touch me and by mistake he must have put his hand on the lady,who in turn must have slapped his face.” (2) The older lady thought – “This dirty Wallaby laid his hands on the blonde and she smacked him.” (3) The Wallaby thought – “That bloody Springbok put his hand on that blonde and by mistake she slapped me.” (4) The Springbok thought – “I hope there’s another tunnel soon so I can smack that stupid Wallaby again.” ..

  • Clark Kent - 2011-09-22 08:52

    Wow I wonder if they will beat their record of 30 missed tackles against Fiji I wonder how many times they can kick the ball away in a match rather than run it. Im sure they have that record. Im sure they also hold the Head Butting record, and the earf biting record sit down and wait for some ear biting rugby excuse the pun.

      GeeBee - 2011-09-22 09:03

      Shame clark. Bit deurmekaar there ? Ear biting? Are you referring to Fitzpatrick ?

      Hendrik - 2011-09-22 12:05

      Fitzpatrick ear biting record plus the All Black chocking record....... Even with the 30 tackles missed, they did not score a try. What about JAPAN scoring against the All Blacks?

  • Jeff - 2011-09-22 09:51

    I would like to wish the Boks well on this one.

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