Rugby Championship

Boks' woeful record in Australia - all you need to know

2018-09-05 08:52
Siya Kolisi (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Springboks' recent record in Australia does not provide much encouragement heading into Saturday's Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane.

Both sides go into the match under significant pressure. 

The Wallabies have been hammered twice so far in the tournament by the All Blacks, while the Boks are coming off a disappointing loss to Argentina in Mendoza. 

It all points towards and intense game of Test match rugby on Saturday, but a look at South Africa's recent return when traveling to Australia will be a boost to the hosts. 

The overall record isn't as bad. 

In total, the Boks have played 38 Test matches against the Wallabies in Australia, winning 12 (31.5%), losing 26 and drawing 2

However, the last few years have been less rewarding for the Boks and post-isolation the numbers do not make for good reading. 

South Africa have won just 1 of their last 9 Test matches against the Wallabies in Australia. That result came in 2013 when Heyneke Meyer's side were dominant in dismantling the Aussies 38-12. Coenie Oosthuizen, Jean de Villiers, Zane Kirchner and Willie le Roux scored tries for the Boks that day in what was their biggest ever win on Australian soil. 

Before that match, though, you have to go back all the way to 2009 to find the last time the Boks won in Australia. That came under Peter de Villiers in the form of a 32-25 win. 

Since readmission, the Boks have played the Wallabies 29 times in Australia. Of those, they have won just 5 (17.2%), lost 22 and drawn 2.

Based on those numbers, a Bok win on Saturday seems a long shot. 

Kick-off is at 12:00 (SA time). 

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