Bryan Habana (Gallo)
Cape Town - Sixteen stats and facts ahead of the Rugby World Cup clash between the Springboks and the USA in London.
· After the Springbok tour to New
Zealand in 1981, South Africa visited New York to play a historical first Test
against the USA. For security reasons the arrangements for the match were
shrouded in secrecy. The Test was played on a polo field at Glenville, New
York. The only people who attended were officials, a few media people, the
substitutes and security personnel. As a result the Test was played before the
smallest attendance (30) at a Test match anywhere in the world. South Africa
· Only two Tests were played since,
both won by South Africa and the record against the USA is: P3; W3; L0;
PF 145; PA: 42. Win%: 100%.
· The most points scored by the
Springboks in a match against the USA were 64 in their match during the 2007
RWC in France. The score was 64-15 and nine tries were scored by the Springboks
on that occasion.
· The total Test caps for the
Springbok starting line-up is 623. There are 262 caps in the backline with 361
caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 171 caps.
· Rudy Paige could make his Springbok
debut from the bench. His Springbok number will be 869.
· Bryan Habana will extend his record
as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 112 caps in this position. He is the
most experienced Springbok backline player with 113 caps and only Victor
Matfield (125) has played in more Test matches for South Africa.
· If he scores a try he will extend
his own record of 61 Test tries for South Africa. Bryan also holds the
Springbok record for most career tries (12) in RWC tournaments. Jonah Lomu of
New Zealand is the RWC record holder with 15 career tries.
· Habana needs one try to equal the
world record for most Test tries as a wing. The current world record holder is
Daisuke Ohata from Japan with 62 tries in the wing position.
· Habana needs one try against the USA
to equal Ray Mordt’s record of three career tries against the USA. Should he
score the try he will also equal Percy Montgomery’s career record of 15 career
points against the USA.
· Schalk Burger will play in his 76th
Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank. Saturday’s Test
will be his 17th RWC Test to join John Smit as 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 (10) in Tests as a hooker.
· Morné Steyn could play in his 60th
Test if used as a substitute. He is South Africa’s most-capped flyhalf with 57
Tests in that position and his eight career tries is also a Springbok record
for a flyhalf. Morné kicked six successful conversions in the match against
Namibia in the 2011 RWC. This is a Springbok record that he shares with Ruan
Pienaar who also kicked six conversions in the same match. Morné needs 12
points to reach 700 points in Tests for South Africa.
· Francois Louw will play in his 40th
Test for South Africa while Trevor Nyakane could play in his 20th if
used from the bench.
· Only four players, Bryan Habana,
Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger and Bismarck du Plessis have previously played
in a Test against the USA.
· The referee is Pascal Gaüzère of
France. He made his professional debut in November 2010, when he was the match
referee in a Test between Georgia and Canada. It will be his third Test
involving South Africa. The previous two matches were both won by South Africa.
That was in 2013 against Italy and Samoa played in Durban and Pretoria
· The Stadium at Queen Elizabeth
Olympic Park is the venue for the Springbok’s last pool match against the USA.
It has a capacity of 80 000 seats, making it the third largest stadium in
England behind Wembley and Twickenham. The Olympic Stadium, as it is more commonly
known, is home to the West Ham United Football Club. One more RWC match, the so
called Bronze Final, will be played at this venue.