Bryan Habana (Gallo)
London - Nineteen stats and facts ahead of the Rugby World Cup semi-final clash between the Springboks and All Blacks at Twickenham.
· South Africa and New Zealand have
played three Tests in RWC tournaments. The first was in the memorable 1995
tournament when the Springboks won the World Cup in extra time at Ellis Park in
Johannesburg. The final score 15-12.
· Four years later in 1999, the two
rivals met in Cardiff to contest the third place play-off after New Zealand
lost to France in the semi-finals while Australia won the other semi-final in
extra time against the Springboks. South Africa won the bronze medal in a
close-fought battle 22-18.
· The last time was in 2003 in
Melbourne in the quarter-final when the All Blacks had a comfortable 29-9 win.
· Saturday’s Test match will be the 91st
between the two countries. South Africa’s record against New Zealand: P: 90; W:
35; L: 52; D: 3; PF: 1 412; PA: 1 745; Win%: 39%.
· The total Test caps for the
Springbok starting line-up is 701. There are 324 caps in the backline with 377
caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 461 caps.
· Bryan Habana will extend his record
as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 114 caps in this position. He is the
most experienced Springbok backline player with 115 caps and only Victor
Matfield (125) has played in more Test matches for South Africa.
· If he scores a try, Bryan Habana will
extend his record of 64 Test tries for South Africa. Currently he is joint
second on the list for most Test tries. David Campese of Australia is the other
player. First on the list is Daisuke Ohata of Japan on 69 career tries.
· Bryan Habana is the new world record holder
for most Test tries as a wing. He surpassed the previous record of Daisuke
Ohata of Japan (62) during the pool match against the USA.
· Bryan Habana is the joint record holder for
most career tries (15) in RWC tournaments. He can become sole record holder by
scoring just one try. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the other player with 15
career tries. Close on Bryan’s heels is Drew Mitchell of Australia with 14 RWC
· Bryan Habana also holds the record for most
career tries (seven) by a Springbok against New Zealand.
· Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen will be
playing in their record 43rd Test as a wing combination in the starting XV.
· Handré Pollard needs three penalty
goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s RWC record of 17 career penalty goals.
· Schalk Burger will play in his 78th
Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test
will be his 19th RWC Test, the most by a Springbok in RWC
tournaments. He is also the Springbok record holder for most tries as a flank
(14) as well as a forward (16).
· Bismarck du Plessis is the Springbok
record holder for most tries (11) in Tests as a hooker.
· Should Ruan Pienaar be used from the
bench he will become South Africa’s most capped substitute. Currently, he
shares the record with Ollie le Roux on 43 Test matches as a substitute.
· Should Victor Matfield be used as a
substitute he will extend his record as most capped Springbok as well as most
capped Springbok against New Zealand - he has played in 26 career Tests against
the All Blacks.
· The referee is Jérôme Garcès of
France. He debut as an international referee was in 2010 in a match between
England and the Barbarians. He served as assistant referee in four Tests during
the 2011 RWC. During this tournament he was referee in three Test matches,
including the South Africa/Japan Test during the first week. It will be his
seventh Test involving South Africa. Of the previous six Tests, South Africa
won three and lost three.
· Twickenham Stadium is the largest
dedicated rugby union venue in the world, the second largest stadium in the
United Kingdom and fourth largest in Europe. This is the venue for this first
semi-final match of RWC 2015. Twickenham has a seating capacity of 81 605.
· South Africa have played 21 Test
matches at this stadium, winning 12 and losing nine. Nineteen matches were
against England. The other two were against Australia in the 1999 RWC
semi-final and against Wales last Saturday.