Cape Town - 18 stats and facts ahead of Saturday's Springboks v Wallabies Rugby Championship clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.
Team and milestones:
• The total Test caps in the starting line-up is
596 - 310 in the backline with 286 among the forwards. The combined Test caps of those on the bench is 124. The average caps per player for
the 23 is 31.
• The youngest player in the 23 man squad is
Jesse Kriel (22y, 7m) while the oldest member of the team is Bryan
Habana (33y, 3m).
• The following players will play in their
eighth consecutive match in the starting-XV under Allister Coetzee’s
reign: Francois Louw, Eben Etzebeth, Adriaan Strauss and Tendai
• Bryan Habana is the top try scorer (9) for South
Africa against Australia while Morné Steyn is the top points scorer
with 16 conversions, 39 penalty goals and three drop goals for a total
of 158 career points in 14 appearances against the Wallabies.
• Bryan Habana needs one try against Australia for his career record 10th
try against the Wallabies. He is also the record holder for most
Springbok career tries at Loftus Versfeld (8).
Etzebeth will play in his 29th consecutive Test match, elevating him
into joint third with Morné Steyn for most consecutive Tests in a
career. Only Gary Teichmann (39) and John Smit (46) have played in more
• Morné Steyn needs three successful
penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s career record of 148 penalty
goals in Test matches. Only one penalty goal will bring up his 40th
penalty goal against Australia as well as improving his record career
points against Australia to 161. He is also co-record holder with four
drop goals in his Rugby Championship career, the other
players being Dan Carter of New Zealand and fellow Springbok André
• The following two players will play their first
Test match against the Wallabies: Vincent Koch and Rudy Paige. It will
also be his first Test match against Australia should Julian
Redelinghuys be used as a substitute.
Head to head:
• South Africa and Australia will meet for the 83rd time since their first Test match in 1933. South Africa won 45, lost 36 and one match was drawn for a win percentage of 55%.
• The inaugural Tri-Nations (Rugby Championship) Test match between Australia and South Africa was played in Sydney on July 13, 1996. To date, 44 matches were played between the two countries of which South Africa won 21, lost 22 and drawn 1. The total points’ difference is only 7 points in favour of South Africa.
• The complete South African Rugby Championship record and Australia is: Played 44, Won 21, Lost 22, Drawn 1, Points for 981, Points against 974, Tries for 94, Tries against 96, Average score 23-23.
• The match officials for this match are: Referee – Wayne Barnes (England); assistant referees – John Lacey (Ireland) and George Clancy (Ireland), with the TMO Jim Yuille (Scotland).
• It will be Barnes’ 13th appearance as referee in a Test matches involving South Africa. The Springboks won nine and lost three of the previous 12 Tests with him in charge.
• Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria has a seating capacity of 51 762. The Springbok record at this stadium is: Played 33, Won 25, Lost 8, Points for 1 085, Points against 656, Tries for 131, Tries against 65. The average score is 33-20.
• The most points scored in a Test match by a Springbok player at this stadium are 31, when Percy Montgomery scored two tries, kicked nine conversions and a penalty goal against Wales in June, 1998. South Africa won that Test 96-13, at the time the biggest win ever for the Springboks.
• Four years ago, almost to the day, Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick of tries against Australia at Loftus in a 31-8 win for the Springboks.
• Loftus Versfeld was home to the second biggest win by the Springboks against Australia. On August 23, 1997 South Africa won 61-22, scoring eight tries, six conversions and three penalty goals.
• The complete Rugby Championship record at Loftus against Australia is: Played 5, Won 5, Points for 178, Points against 92, Tries for 20, Tries against 9. The average score is 36-18.