Bok stats and facts
Cape Town - Interesting facts and stats ahead of the Springboks' Tri-Nations clash against Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.
• This will be the sixth Test match between Australia and South Africa at this venue. Australia won all five previous encounters with scores 32-20 (1997), 32-6 (1999), 29-9 (2003), 49-0 (2006) and 21-6 (2009).
• Eighteen tries were scored by Australia and they conceded only three tries – all of them in the Test match in 1997. In the last four Tests South Africa could not cross Australia’s tryline.
• The losing margin of 49 in 2006 is the biggest losing margin against Australia in 68 Tests and it is also South Africa’s second biggest losing margin against any team.
• During last year’s Tri-Nations tournament the Springboks lost their only Test of the tournament at this venue. South Africa’s only win at this venue was during the 2003 RWC when they triumphed 60-10 against Samoa.
• South Africa’s Tri-Nations record against Australia is: Played 31; Won 16; Lost 14; Drawn 1. Tries scored 60 and tries conceded 67.
The Springbok team:
15. Zane Kirchner – 9 caps
14. Gio Aplon – 6 caps
13. Jaque Fourie – 59 caps
12. Wynand Olivier – 31 caps
11. Bryan Habana – 62 caps
10. Morné Steyn – 17 caps
9. Ruan Pienaar – 42 caps
8. Pierre Spies – 33 caps
7. Ryan Kankowski – 14 caps
6. Schalk Burger – 59 caps
5. Victor Matfield – 97 caps
4. Danie Rossouw – 50 caps
3. BJ Botha – 24 caps
2. John Smit (Captain) – 98 caps
1. Gurthrö Steenkamp – 27 caps
16. Chiliboy Ralepelle – 14 caps
17. CJ van der Linde – 61 caps
18. Flip van der Merwe – 2 caps
19. Dewald Potgieter – 5 caps
20. Francois Hougaard – 1 cap
21. Butch James – 38 caps
22. Juan de Jongh – 4 caps
Milestones and record watch:
• Victor Matfield will play his 20th Test against Australia thereby equalling Percy Montgomery’s record of most capped Springbok against Australia.
• This Test will also be Matfield’s 39th Tri-Nations Test, the third most capped player in the tournament alongside Stephen Larkham. George Gregan (48) and George Smith (41) being the top two players.
• Bryan Habana needs one try to become South Africa’s most prolific try scorer in Tests. Habana currently shares the record with Joost van der Westhuizen on 38 tries. Habana will equal Breyton Paulse’s record of most capped Springbok wing in this Test.
• Morné Steyn is one of only eight players who scored more than 100 career points in the Tri-Nations (114 in eight appearances). Dan Carter tops the list with 383 points in 27 appearances. Morné needs one drop goal to equal André Pretorius’s tournament record of four career drop goals.
• Should CJ van der Linde score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a prop. The current record is jointly held by Chris Koch and Os du Randt with five career tries.
• Should John Smit score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a hooker. The current record is jointly held by James Dalton and Bismarck du Plessis with five career tries. Smit will be playing in his 25th Tri-Nations Test as captain, the most capped captain in the tournament.
• Should Pierre Spies score a try, he will become the sole Springbok record holder for most tries in Tests as a No 8. The current record of six career tries is jointly held by Gary Teichmann, Joe van Niekerk, Bob Skinstad and Spies.
• The career record of tries scored in the Tri-Nations is 16 by Christian Cullen. The most career tries by a Springbok is seven scored by Breyton Paulse, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana.
Other notable record holders are:
• Jaque Fourie: Most tries in Tests as a centre – 24; also most capped Springbok centre – 48
• Butch James: Most capped Springbok flyhalf – 34
• John Smit: Most capped Springbok hooker – 83, most capped Springbok forward – 98; and most capped Springbok captain – 72 which is also a world record
• Victor Matfield: Most capped Springbok lock – 97
• Schalk Burger: Most tries in Tests as a flank – 11, also most capped Springbok flank – 58