Cape Town - Fifteen stats and facts ahead of Saturday's Argentina v Springboks Rugby Championship clash in Mendoza.
Kick-off is at 21:10 SA time.
Stats and facts
total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 437. There are
103 caps in the backline with 334 caps among the forwards. On the
bench there are a further 109 caps.
average caps per player in the backline is 15, the forwards 42 while
the players on the bench average 14. The average age of the starting XV is 26.
Pollard needs 21 points during this tournament for 100 points in the Rugby Championship. He also needs six points in this Test
to reach 50 career points against Argentina.
is situated on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, approximately
750m above sea level. The driving distance between Mendoza and Buenos
Aires is 1 050km.
will be the third time that the Springboks will face Argentina in a
Test match at this stadium, which was opened in 1978. The stadium’s
seating capacity is 42 500.
first Rugby Championship match against Argentina in
Mendoza was played on August 25, 2012, the year when Argentina were
introduced to competition. On that occasion the Test match ended in a
draw 16-16. The second Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Mendoza
took place almost exactly one year later on August 24, 2013 when South
Africa won 22-17.
Saturday, there will be five players who played in that Test match
five years ago. They are Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth,
Tendai Mtawarira and Siya Kolisi.
Springbok record at this stadium - P: 2; W: 1; D: 1; PF: 38; PA: 33;
TF: 2; TA: 3; Average score: 19-17; Win%: 50%.
Africa’s overall record against Argentina: P: 27; W: 24; L: 2; D: 1;
PF: 969; PA: 531; TF: 115; TA: 49; Average score: 36-20. Win%: 89%.
Africa’s record in the Rugby Championship against
Argentina: P: 12; W: 9; L: 2; D: 1; PF: 375; PA: 234; TF: 41; TA: 22;
Average score: 31-20. Win%: 75%.
Springboks’ best performance in Argentina was in 2004 when they won
with a margin of 32 (39-7) in Buenos Aires. Their highest score is 52
(52-23) in 1993, also in Buenos Aires. On two occasions they have
scored seven tries against the Pumas, both occasions in Buenos Aires.
Mtawarira is now the most capped Springbok against Argentina (15
Tests). He surpassed Bryan Habana’s 14 Test caps against the Pumas in
last Saturday’s Test in Durban.
will play in his 103rd Test, thereby surpassing Percy
Montgomery (102) for most Tests in the Green and Gold and this
will move him into fifth place of Springbok centurions. Victor
Matfield (127), Habana (124), John Smit (111) and Jean de Villiers
(109) being the four Springboks with more Tests.
referee is Angus Gardner of Australia. He was born on August 24, 1984
in Sydney, Australia. His first Test was in November, 2011 in a
match between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu and to date, Gardiner has
refereed in 15 Tests - three Tests involving South Africa.
assistant referees are Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand and Andrew Brace of
Ireland while Simon McDowell of Ireland is set to perform TMO duties.