Bryan Habana (Gallo)
Cape Town - Sixteen stats and facts ahead of the Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash
between the Springboks and Wales at Twickenham.
· South Africa and Wales have only
played once before against the other in a RWC tournament. That was in 2011 when
the Springboks won by 17-16.
· Saturday’s Test match will be the 31st
between these two countries in a rivalry that started in 1906 during the first
Springbok tour overseas. Of the previous 30 Tests, Wales could only manage two
wins while one Test was drawn.
· South Africa’s record against Wales:
P: 30; W: 27; L: 2; D: 1; PF: 814; PA: 440; Win%: 90%.
· The most points scored by the
Springboks in a match against Wales were 96 (96-13) in 1998 at Loftus Versfeld,
Pretoria. On that occasion the Springboks crossed the try line 15 times. The
winning margin of 83 is the fifth highest in Springbok history.
· The total Test caps for the
Springbok starting line-up is 686. There are 317 caps in the backline with 369
caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 337 caps.
· Bryan Habana will extend his record
as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 113 caps in this position. He is the
most experienced Springbok backline player with 114 caps and only Victor
Matfield (125) has played in more Test matches for South Africa.
· If Bryan Habana scores a try he will extend
his own record of 64 Test tries for South Africa. Currently he is joint second
on the list for most Test tries. David Campese of Australia is the other
player. First on the list is Daisuke Ohata of Japan on 69 career tries.
· Bryan Habana is also the new world record
holder for most Test tries as a wing. He surpassed the previous record, held by
Daisuke Ohata of Japan (62), during last Wednesday’s match against the USA.
· Bryan Habana is the joint record holder for
most career tries (15) in RWC tournaments. He can become sole record holder by
scoring just one try. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the other player with 15
· Bryan Habana and JP Pietersen will be
playing in their record 42nd Test as a wing combination in the
· Schalk Burger will play in his 77th
Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test
will be his 18th RWC Test to become the most capped Springbok in
RWC. He is also the Springbok record holder for most tries as a flank (14) as
well as a forward (16).
· Bismarck du Plessis is the Springbok
record holder for most tries (11) in Tests as a hooker
· Fourie du Preez will play in his 75th
· The referee is Wayne Barnes of
England. He became a professional referee in April, 2005 and at the end of 2014
had already officiated as referee in more than 50 Tests. It will be his 12th
Test involving South Africa. Of the previous 11 Tests, South Africa won eight
and lost three.
· Twickenham is the largest dedicated
rugby union venue in the world, the second largest stadium in the United
Kingdom and fourth largest in Europe. This is the venue for this first
quarter-final match of RWC 2015. Twickenham has a seating capacity of 81 605.
· The Springboks have played 20 Test
matches at this stadium, winning 11 and losing nine. Except for the RWC
semi-final against Australia in 1999, all Tests were against England.