Bok stats and facts

2010-07-20 13:09

Cape Town - Interesting facts and stats ahead of the Springboks' Tri-Nations clash against Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

•  This will be the sixth Test match between Australia and South Africa at this venue. Australia won all five previous encounters with scores 32-20 (1997), 32-6 (1999), 29-9 (2003), 49-0 (2006) and 21-6 (2009).

•  Eighteen tries were scored by Australia and they conceded only three tries – all of them in the Test match in 1997. In the last four Tests South Africa could not cross Australia’s tryline.

•  The losing margin of 49 in 2006 is the biggest losing margin against Australia in 68 Tests and it is also South Africa’s second biggest losing margin against any team.

•  During last year’s Tri-Nations tournament the Springboks lost their only Test of the tournament at this venue. South Africa’s only win at this venue was during the 2003 RWC when they triumphed 60-10 against Samoa.

•  South Africa’s Tri-Nations record against Australia is: Played 31; Won 16; Lost 14; Drawn 1. Tries scored 60 and tries conceded 67.

The Springbok team:

15. Zane Kirchner – 9 caps
14. Gio Aplon – 6 caps
13. Jaque Fourie – 59 caps
12. Wynand Olivier – 31 caps
11. Bryan Habana – 62 caps
10. Morné Steyn – 17 caps
9. Ruan Pienaar – 42 caps
8. Pierre Spies – 33 caps
7. Ryan Kankowski – 14 caps
6. Schalk Burger – 59 caps
5. Victor Matfield – 97 caps
4. Danie Rossouw – 50 caps
3. BJ Botha – 24 caps
2. John Smit (Captain) – 98 caps
1. Gurthrö Steenkamp – 27 caps


16. Chiliboy Ralepelle – 14 caps
17. CJ van der Linde – 61 caps
18. Flip van der Merwe – 2 caps
19. Dewald Potgieter – 5 caps
20. Francois Hougaard – 1 cap
21. Butch James – 38 caps
22. Juan de Jongh – 4 caps

Milestones and record watch:

•  Victor Matfield will play his 20th Test against Australia thereby equalling Percy Montgomery’s record of most capped Springbok against Australia.

•  This Test will also be Matfield’s 39th Tri-Nations Test, the third most capped player in the tournament alongside Stephen Larkham. George Gregan (48) and George Smith (41) being the top two players.

•  Bryan Habana needs one try to become South Africa’s most prolific try scorer in Tests. Habana currently shares the record with Joost van der Westhuizen on 38 tries. Habana will equal Breyton Paulse’s record of most capped Springbok wing in this Test.

•  Morné Steyn is one of only eight players who scored more than 100 career points in the Tri-Nations (114 in eight appearances). Dan Carter tops the list with 383 points in 27 appearances. Morné needs one drop goal to equal André Pretorius’s tournament record of four career drop goals.

•  Should CJ van der Linde score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a prop. The current record is jointly held by Chris Koch and Os du Randt with five career tries.

•  Should John Smit score a try, he will equal the Springbok record for most tries in Tests as a hooker. The current record is jointly held by James Dalton and Bismarck du Plessis with five career tries. Smit will be playing in his 25th Tri-Nations Test as captain, the most capped captain in the tournament.

•  Should Pierre Spies score a try, he will become the sole Springbok record holder for most tries in Tests as a No 8. The current record of six career tries is jointly held by Gary Teichmann, Joe van Niekerk, Bob Skinstad and Spies.

•  The career record of tries scored in the Tri-Nations is 16 by Christian Cullen. The most career tries by a Springbok is seven scored by Breyton Paulse, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana.

Other notable record holders are:

•  Jaque Fourie: Most tries in Tests as a centre – 24; also most capped Springbok centre – 48
•  Butch James: Most capped Springbok flyhalf – 34
•  John Smit: Most capped Springbok hooker – 83, most capped Springbok forward – 98; and most capped Springbok captain – 72 which is also a world record
•  Victor Matfield: Most capped Springbok lock – 97
•  Schalk Burger: Most tries in Tests as a flank – 11, also most capped Springbok flank – 58


  • ai toggie - 2010-07-20 13:51

    These copy and paste articles:

  • boykie..!! - 2010-07-20 13:52

    ....most tries for no 8...? ......PIERRE SPIES..!!! ...worlds best..!! ...just like the Bulls..!!

  • best..!! - 2010-07-20 13:55

    Pierre Spies..!! ..Superman ...Pierre Spies..!! Superman ...Pierre Spies..!! Superman ..Pierre Spiiieeeeeesss..!!!!.

  • Tackler - 2010-07-20 13:58

    So now all they need to do is go out an WIN the game. Then all the stats won't matter so much.

  • Hentie - 2010-07-20 14:11

    Maybe they should show some stats on how many tackles are made and missed, how many rucks attended and how many balls lost by the Boks' number 8, for one. Also the body fat ratios of some of the players.....

  • Uncle - 2010-07-20 14:14

    Spies might have the most tries...only because he never tackles and never rucks and never mauls and never....etc., etc., etc.,

  • GW @ boykie - 2010-07-20 14:44

    ou boet, dra jy hout bril of wat? the bulls players cost the bok's 17 point's in 2 games. They have a factory at the Roodeplaat dam especially for people like you, it's called the DOM factory and i bet u will make a great scholar. Sjoe, ek glo nie iemand kan so DOM wees nie, oh dam ek's jammer jy is 'n bul supporter. sorry those stats mean a nothing. win games thats what counts.. All Blacks 2 SA 0

  • Broken Spear - 2010-07-20 15:05

    Pierre Spies is the worst no. 8 in international rugby...he is lazy, clumsy and has no ball skills or sense. All the muscles in the world does not help...the only gain line he ever crosses is the bench press weight gains. As soon as our scrum moves 1 mm backwards...i.e. nearly always, Pierre is in the kak. But, alas, he is not the only problem...only one of many...we will lose against Oz and if we don't change our game "plan" at home as well.

  • Georgie - 2010-07-20 15:07

    Where has Spies been in the last few tests. Kieron Reid from All Blacks killed him in last 2 tests.

  • Bulls = Champs - 2010-07-20 15:34

    winning Boks = give Bulls green jerseys..!!

  • @GW - 2010-07-20 15:37

    @GW ... you cant get any dommer than Fat Boy Januarie, Flou Louw and Intercept Juan de Villiers and PDV..... ...they are the dom and palooka kings...!!

  • @GW - 2010-07-20 15:40

    @GW ....jy moet seker 'n dom stormer supporter wees..!! ...shame.... ....He he he..!!!

  • hasie - 2010-07-20 15:48

    Dit lyk baie mooi op papier maar beteken op hierdie stadium niks want hulle kan nie die ondervinding wat hulle almal saam het gebruik nie!!!! Hoop dit gaan Saterdag beter!!!!Habana dink inelkgeval hy het sy deel gedoen en loop deesdae soos 'n kapokhaantjie op en af op die veld en beteken niks!!! Dalk gee sy nuwe bruidjie hom probleme??????????

  • @ blou bul supporter - 2010-07-20 16:04

    no i dont support WP sorry for u, i support rugby then i support OVS...maybe that gives my age away...Kom nou julle, die veit bly staan die bulls het die bokke 2 games dit reg in julle ooe?????

  • @ Bull= Champs - 2010-07-20 16:17

    What? make all the bulls springbok's...are u on drug's boet, the opposition would not have to play. Work this out, if 2 bull players cost the Bok's 17 points in 2 games and they play 6 in the tri nations they will cost the Bok's 51 points...shit deal if u ask me....

  • Lefty@Bulls=champs - 2010-07-20 16:31

    At that rate there will be no players on the field , they will all be yellow carded !!!

  • JLC - 2010-07-20 16:34

    I will never understand a sports fan (including me) A month ago this very same team (except for one or two changes) thumped the French (six nations champs) convinsingly. after that everbody was going crazy about how good the springboks and everbody in the team is (except for Januarie). Now after two losses agianst the worlds best team, who played brilliantly (just like us against the French) everbody is saying the opposite. How can 14 players (not counting Januarie) go in a month from the best to the worst. C'mon people, this is still a very good team, and even if the second best fifteen is picked, it will still be a good team.

  • Anti - 2010-07-20 16:50

    Another distressing fact about Brisbane is that both the Stormers and the Bulls lost there this year!

  • skywalker - 2010-07-20 16:51

    Even with the changes...there's no way in hell the Boks will win in's unbelievable,we had the 2 best teams in the super 14 and our crap coaching staff have managed to stuff it up....too late too make selection changes now Twakkie...the horse has bolted....Boks won't win anything in tri-nations 2010....hopefully we get a new coaching staff that knows what they doing.

  • Anti - 2010-07-20 16:53

    A good thing about this bad news is that even though the Bulls lost this year in Auckland and in Brisbane, they still managed to win the Super14.

  • ballas - 2010-07-20 17:02

    Piet Snor is either highly intelligent or we are extremely stupid. why can we spot all thats wrong from the side, but he cant see nothing wrong from above. the man must be a genius. ricky-fats gets more time than any other bok to prove his slow,slow,and two steps to the side slow in anything he does. bet you he downs a burger in 2 sec's flat... Spies is useless, for a big strong man he cant tackle, he cant ruck, he does not take contact, no one touches him on his studio, what is he doing at 8? snor will tell us. smitty is moeg, vic is moeg. we need new inspiration but it wont happen, snor is sooooooooo determined to show he is the boss that he is missing the point all together. snor, i think it's time to get new rugby advisers, people that know their rugby from their tik, cause ur loosing the plot, BOET

  • marco - 2010-07-20 21:25

    We lose this game and then we f****ed.It's that important that we win this one at all cost.Forget the stats or any other K@K for that matter we simply have to win in BRISBANE to stand any real chance off holding onto the trophy.Record losses or tries scored by this one or that one means s**t to me.Winning means everthing no matter how ugly that ends up to be.

  • Absolute Rugby Expert - 2010-07-20 21:29

    The Bok team should be able to perform much better now that they have gotten rid of 3 flou Stormers. Fat January slowed the whole game down and kept them on the back foot. De Villiers was unable to catch any balls and Louw couldnt fetch water if he tried. Its just a pity Dewald isnt playing in his place. Kankowski is a loser and will always be one. No guts at all

  • Givenchy - 2010-07-20 22:41

    Scary stats,Boks shud reconsider playing in Cape Town,they should rather paly them at Loftus, on other note, i,m so glad Januarie is out, he's none team player.

  • Daan le Roux - 2010-07-21 06:37

    Spies was kak in his last two games. Kankowski should play in his place at number 8 and give Flouw another chance at 7.Jean should be back in his preferred number 12 position and not at wing after his ban. He is not a wing and snor should stop selecting players out of their positions. Just happy January is totally out of the match 22. And stop the blerrie kicking gameplan. We need du Preez if we want to play that sort of game. Keep the ball in hand and use our pace! Go Bokke!

  • Mike@CapeT - 2010-07-21 07:35

    @ absolute rugby expert.......clearly a 'one-eyed' Blue Bulls supporter. It is a real pity that we do not have everyone supporting the Boks for what they are and not from what Province they come from. To criticise Louw because he is a Stormer is really childish and overlooks the fact that he has played brilliantly (if not the best flank) this season without a break - in other words, close to 20 games virtually every single week this season! Give the bloke a break, he is entitled to a quiet game! Even the Bulls players (every single one of them) had bigger breaks!

  • better - 2010-07-21 07:45

    ....even if Pierre Spies is k@k, ....he is still better than poofter Duanne Vermeulen... ....stormers = losers

  • G @ better - 2010-07-21 09:47

    your iQ is way below room temprature and thats in celsius and not farenheit. u should sue your parents for giving u such KAK for brain's. Please GOD dont allow this man to have any kid's they will not make it...

  • @better - 2010-07-21 10:49

    You are such a w****r, just like the rest of your bulls supporters here. Last time I checked Vermeulen is not in the bok line-up. Boks can't do worse than to get rid of Spies (8) and useless Olivier (12). Maybe Matfield (5) should learn how to catch a ball, still wearing a metal plate in his wrapped arm to bash others with? What is Guthro doing lately except pull faces before trying to scrum? Steyn (10) is NOT a great flyhalf, can only kick, no play-maker if the scrummy is poor. Same with Kirchner - not the best 15 we have. Smit out of shape because he was TOLD to bulk up for out of position prop. Bloody kick & chase bulls rugby is costing the boks possession and hard fought territory on a higher level. Alas, none of your stupid rantings will actually reach Helium's ear. Do you think he and his so-called management team actually reads news24 forum comments? Pfftt...!

  • WP Looser - 2010-07-21 11:47

    If the Stormer/WP palyers are so good. Why are their trophy cabinets so empty ? Just wondering....In contrast, the Bulls had to purchase numerous new trophy cabinets. We can argue till the cows come home, fact is that the only measure of success lies in the ACTUAL competition wins. CURRENTLY, the Stormers have NOTHING. Sweet dreams.

  • rough - 2010-07-21 12:03

    gee thats a poor record for the boks in Brisbane. 48-0 in 2006! crickey what happened there?! 48-0! Pierre Spies may be a great athlete but K.Read or I.Dagg didnt seem to have too much trouble going thru him to the line the last couple of weeks......

  • TerryG - 2010-07-21 12:47

    Exerience is important but lets see the results on the scoreboard.

  • mike - 2010-07-21 13:39

    I love it when the Stormers supporters make it out that there players lay golden eggs and the Bulls players are all kak. Fact is those kak players slaughtered your golden boys. Fact is Wynand was by far the best back line player over the weekend, don't believe me check the stats. Fact is Spies is the best no. 8 in world rugby. Fact is Matfield schooled Bekker in class lock play in the final. Fact is the Bulls dominated every aspect of the game. I'm sorry must I say I'm not a Bulls supporter and its only about the Boks cause then my comments are obviosly gospil.

  • Tiger - 2010-07-21 15:17

    All these records show that the guys it getting old. They cant play the game anymore. Its time, can you feel it - for the young to step up.

  • Tiger - 2010-07-21 15:18

    All these records show that the guys it getting old. They cant play the game anymore. Its time, can you feel it - for the young to step up.

  • GW @ Mike - 2010-07-21 15:28

    Spies best 8 in world? what happend the last 2 weeks when AB 8 played yo yo with him. Come on, are you for real? if thats a fact then you should be PDV right hand man....If you are so sure of the fact that papier spies is the best 8 then come out with your fact's please....

  • @ Muslims - 2010-07-21 15:34

    who cares what they say or wear, do they rather want the picture of a lady carrying a time bomb with little kid's lying down on the floor with blood all over them? get a life....

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