Springbok milestone watch

2010-08-24 15:50

Cape Town - Victor Matfield will become only the third player to play 100 Tests for South Africa as the Springboks and Wallabies take each other on for the 70th time since their first encounter in 1933 at Newlands.

Of the past 69 Tests South Africa won 40, lost 28 and drawn one for a win percentage of 58%.

South Africa’s Vodacom Tri-Nations record against Australia is: Played 32; Won 17; Lost 14; Drawn 1. South Africa scored 62 tries and conceded 69.

Only four Tests between the two rivals were played at this venue previously with South Africa triumphant on all four occasions. South Africa scored 117 and conceded 56 points for an average score of 29-14 at Loftus Versfeld.

Victor Matfield will play his 100th Test, only the third Springbok to achieve this milestone.

This Test will also be his 41st Vodacom Tri-Nations Test, the joint second most capped player with George Smith of Australia. George Gregan is heading the list with 48 caps. He will also become the most capped Springbok against Australia in his 21st test against the Aussies.

John Smit will play in his 75th Test as captain. Should John 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. John will be playing in his 27th Vodacom Tri-Nations Test as captain, the most capped captain in the tournament.

Bryan Habana needs one try to become South Africa’s most prolific try scorer in Tests. Bryan currently shares the record with Joost van der Westhuizen with 38 Test tries. He needs two tries to equal Breyton Paulse’s career record of seven tries against Australia. Bryan is the most capped Springbok wing.

Jaque Fourie will play in his 50th Test as centre, the first Springbok centre to achieve this milestone. He is also the top try scorer for the Springboks as a centre with 25 career tries.

Frans Steyn needs one drop goal to become the sole Springbok record holder for most career drop goals against Australia. The current record is two, jointly held by Percy Montgomery, André Pretorius and Steyn.

Morné Steyn is one of only eight players who scored more than 100 career points in the Vodacom Tri-Nations (134 in 10 appearances). Dan Carter tops the list with 426 points in 30 appearances. Morné needs one drop goal to equal André Pretorius’ 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 Pierre Spies score a try, he will become the sole Springbok record holder for most tries in Tests as an eighthman. 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 Vodacom Tri-Nations is 16 by Christian Cullen. The most career tries by a Springbok are seven scored by Breyton Paulse, Jaque Fourie and Bryan Habana. The most career tries for an Australian player in the tournament are nine by Stirling Mortlock.

Alain Rolland of Ireland will officiate as referee in his 12th Test match involving South Africa. Only Paddy O’Brien from New Zealand has officiated in 12 Tests involving South Africa.

Other notable record holders are:

Butch James: Most capped Springbok flyhalf – 34.
John Smit: Most capped Springbok hooker – 85, most capped Springbok forward – 100.
Victor Matfield: Most capped Springbok lock – 99.
Schalk Burger: Most tries in Tests as a flank – 12, also most capped Springbok flank – 59.

The Springbok team is:

15 Frans Steyn – 37 caps
14 JP Pietersen – 34 caps
13 Jaque Fourie – 60 caps
12 Jean de Villiers – 61 caps
11 Bryan Habana – 64 caps
10 Morné Steyn – 19 caps
9 Francois Hougaard – 3 caps
8 Pierre Spies – 35 caps
7 Juan Smith – 63 caps
6 Schalk Burger – 61 caps
5 Victor Matfield – 99 caps
4 Flip van der Merwe – 4 caps
3 Jannie du Plessis – 18 caps
2 John Smit (Captain) – 100 caps
1 Gurthrö Steenkamp – 29 caps


16 Chiliboy Ralepelle – 15 caps
17 CJ van der Linde – 63 caps
18 Danie Rossouw – 52 caps
19 Ryan Kankowski – 15 caps
20 Ricky Januarie – 47 caps
21 Butch James – 39 caps
22 Juan de Jongh – 6 caps


  • should have been.. - 2010-08-24 15:55

    .....he should have been the Bok Captain... ...he is a much better captain than has-been John Smit...

  • Monna! - 2010-08-24 16:08

    This record business is starting to annoy me! What's next, Victor Matfield is the only Lock with hair longer than 20cm and played for the Boks? LOL! No no no... Some of these stats are pure bull$hit! I understand the one of tries scored.. But stretching it to tries per position is a bit too much I'm afraid. I want to see the negative records. There is no team in the world to have ever conceded 49 points to 0 against the Wallabies! Only the pathetic Boks

  • what? - 2010-08-24 16:21

    What are you on mate?he is not a shadow of the captain John is

  • Willa - 2010-08-24 16:27

    Sorry for this comment, and i am not being negative at all, but he should rather stay home or fake an injury, because the way our boer bokke is playing will make this mile stone nil in void. Sorry Victor.

  • Siwi - 2010-08-24 16:32

    @should have been.. you must be joking. VM has been a great player...note the emphsis on has been. Now being a has been is better than being a hasn't been but his days are done. He and JS should have retired or been retired last season but hey everyone wants records these days to add to their biogrphy.

  • no way - 2010-08-24 16:35

    john smit, victor matfield are both in the same category, both of them are only playing cause their past exploits not on current form, how many lineouts did the best in world win ? Its sad that such special event such as a player's 100th game be overshadowed by his lack of merit for being in the squad! Step down and retire, spies should also get his head on straight again but until then he should play currie cup ! Why not someone like dawie theron who knows what he does and has passion for the game and players?

  • AB Supporter - 2010-08-24 16:49

    This will look great on his CV. Go Aussies.

  • James I - 2010-08-24 16:51

    Victor is still good. He'd walk into any of the international teams, even New Zealand. He's unique. John has a big heart but he has slowed up. He always tries hard but he'll have to give up soon, because he's struggling these days. We need to team-build and need someone who can handle it. Div is out of his depth.

  • 4 losses..?? - 2010-08-24 16:52

    John Smit is a bad captain... ....4 losses in a row... ....enough said....

  • mike - 2010-08-24 17:28

    Why select JdJ on the bench, there is no tactical reason for this selection. Would rather have seen a 5/2 split with Potties on the bench or Beast.

  • AB Supporter @ James I - 2010-08-24 17:30

    He would never walk into any international team let alone New Zealand. He would battle to make any provincial NZ team. In his day he was great but he should have moved on some time ago. Go Aussies

  • anti pdivvy - 2010-08-24 18:13

    Well done Victor , I disagree with a few of yu John is an awesome captain , he is only human... I cant believe the fat Ricky the fat prop is useless..... Gio is unlucky to not be in the side.. I would have dropped Habana , chilli boy must make way for Bismark....

  • 4theboks - 2010-08-24 20:14

    @ no way if you watch rugby than bully for you, but before making comments read what you post. Spies there should be 14 more just like him, smit and matt well they are of age, in saying this let the 2011 world cup be the last for the old but get a real coach so the wisdom and experience can be passed on,

  • WAKA WAKA - 2010-08-24 21:17

    Time is here Mat 100 game Call it a day you have passed your sell by date like Smit do what good for the team HANG UP YOUR BOOTS WHILE THE GOING GOOD , YOU been a great asset to the team but really time is Here !!!

  • Bobby - 2010-08-24 22:29

    I guess you guys need something positive to read about. Your teams a shambles and will probably loose one out of two games against Aussie. Problem is there too much b*****it going on within your team, choping and changing like this is not good. Go the All Blacks forever

  • Oktipis - 2010-08-25 00:12

    Habana and Pieterse still in the team ???....I CAN'T BELIEVE IT !!.. and Where are Aplon, De Jongh AND Bismarck ????????????

  • Div is lost! - 2010-08-25 12:43

    Div cannot drop Smit, Spies and rest Matfield simply because he will then be totally lost. Smit and Matfield are the coaches, selectors and everything else in the team. Spies is the preacher boy of the group so he also has to play. CLOWN couldn’t drop overrated, no-skills, useless defender, sissy/mammas boy, steroids Spiesie because his dadda will be unhappy upstairs when boetie is not at Moftus or maybe a Blouboer will moer ou Clown at Moftus if he dares drop the poefter. Hopefully the BLOUBOERBokkies will lose again on Saturday.

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