Rugby Championship

14 stats and facts: All Blacks v Springboks

2018-09-13 07:22
Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Fourteen stats and facts ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship Test between the All Blacks and Springboks in Wellington:

- The total Test caps in the Springbok starting line-up is 426. There are 171 caps in the backline with 255 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 235 caps.
 
- The average caps per player in the backline are 24, the forwards 32 while the players on the bench average 29. The average age of the starting team is 26.
 
- With a tally of 51 career points against New Zealand, Handre Pollard is fourth on the point scoring list behind Morne Steyn (139), Percy Montgomery (106) and Joel Stransky (54).
 
- Pollard is just 17 points away from scoring 100 points in the Rugby Championship.
 
- Eben Etzebeth will play in his record 36th consecutive Rugby Championship Test match.
 
- The Westpac Stadium in Wellington, with a seating capacity of 34 500 (which can be increased to 38 000 for major Test matches), was opened on January, 3, 2000.
 
- Saturday’s Test match will be the seventh between New Zealand and South Africa at the stadium and the Springboks are still winless there. Their record for the previous six Tests is: P: 6; L: 6; PF: 79; PA: 180; TF: 9; TA: 19; Average score: 13-30; Win%: 0%.  
 
- All six Tests were played in the Rugby Championship. In the very first Test match at this venue in 2002 the score was 41-20, which is the most points conceded by the Springboks at this ground.
 
- South Africa’s overall record in the Rugby Championship against New Zealand is: P: 47; W: 12; L: 35; PF: 881; PA: 1 358; TF: 80; TA: 142; Average score: 19-29. Win%: 26%.
 
- South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand is: P: 95; W: 35; L: 57; D: 3; PF: 1 482; PA: 1 945; TF: 143; TA: 212; Average score: 16-20. Win%: 37%.
 
- New Zealand’s biggest win against the Springboks was last year when the All Blacks won 57-0 in Albany. The Springboks’ best win was on June 30, 1928, when they beat the All Blacks 17-0 in Durban - New Zealand’s first Test on South African soil.
 
- The referee is Nigel Owens of Wales. He was born on June, 18, 1971 in Mynyddcerrig, Carmarthenshire. His first Test was in 2005 when he refereed a Test between Japan and Ireland in Osaka.
 
- Owens is the most experienced referee in the world with 83 Test match appearances to date. He has refereed in 16 Tests that involved South Africa previously, with the Springboks winning nine.
 
- The two assistant referees are Pascal Gauzere of France and Nic Berry of Australia, while Englishman Rowan Kitt is the television match official.

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