Cape Town - The
Springboks' win over the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship Test in
Wellington on Saturday wasn't just a stunning upset, it was also
record-breaking on several fronts.
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The 36-34 result at Westpac Stadium proved New Zealand are indeed
fallible, on their home turf, no less.
According to the Stuff website's Aaron Goile, below are just some of the numbers which re-wrote history:
36 - ALL BLACKS' MOST POINTS CONCEDED AT HOME
The previous mark sat at 35, which the Springboks had also achieved, though in a 20-point defeat, in Auckland in 1997.
24 - ALL BLACKS' MOST FIRST HALF POINTS CONCEDED AT HOME
Again, the Springboks held this record already, too, with their 22-12 half-time lead in their 32-29 win in Hamilton in 2009.
34 - ALL BLACKS' MOST POINTS SCORED AT HOME WITHOUT WINNING
The previous high mark was the 29 New Zealand had notched in that 32-29 loss to the Springboks in Hamilton in 2009.
And this latest effort of 34 is the second-highest losing score for
them of all-time, behind just the 40 they scored in that 46-40 defeat to
the Boks in Johannesburg in 2000.
6 - ALL BLACKS' MOST TRIES SCORED WITHOUT WINNING
There's some clear new ground broken with this one. Home or away, New
Zealand had never scored five tries, let alone six, and not won the
Previous to this, their record mark was four, on four occasions (21-21 v
Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1985; 46-40 v South Africa, Johannesburg,
2000; 31-28 v England, London, 2002; 40-29 v Ireland, Chicago, 2016),
while even in the 13 times they scored three tries without winning, just
one of those was at home (19-16 v South Africa, Christchurch, 1965).
FIVE TRIES CONCEDED
This was the 10th time the All Blacks have conceded five or more tries in a match, and the fifth occasion at home.
Their highest number conceded is six, in the 46-40 loss to South Africa in Johannesburg in 2000.
POTENTIAL WINNING RECORD STREAK V SPRINGBOKS OVER
If the All Blacks had won at the weekend it would have been their
seventh in a row over South Africa and sent them to Pretoria early next
month with a chance to level their record streak against the old foe at
eight (achieved between 2001-2004).