Town - The Springboks' recent
record in Australia does
not provide much encouragement heading into Saturday's Rugby Championship clash
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
In total, the Boks have
played 38 Test
matches against the Wallabies in Australia, winning 12 (31.5%),
losing 26 and
However, the last few years have
been less rewarding for the Boks and post-isolation the numbers do not make for
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
Based on those numbers, a Bok win
on Saturday seems a long shot.
Kick-off is at 12:00 (SA time).