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Springboks unbeaten on home soil

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 27 Jun 2014 at 11:15
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The Springboks will try to keep their unbeaten home record intact against Scotland when they face each other in the last Castle Lager Incoming Tour test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

These two proud nations have been playing each other since the Springboks made their first European tour in 1906, which the Springboks lost 0 – 6. The Springboks have won 19 out of the 24 tests that have been played to date, having won all 6 on South African soil and 13 out of the 18 played in Scotland.

The Springboks have scored 597 points, which includes 75 tries, and conceded 264 points and 27 tries, with an average score of 25 – 11 per game.

The Springboks biggest winning margin was at Murrayfield when they won by 58 points, 68 – 10, in 1997. Their biggest defeat was also at Murrayfield when they lost by 15 points, 6 – 21, in 2002.

The Springbok starting XV has a total of 502 test caps (157 in the backline and 345 amongst the forwards), with a further 91 caps on the bench.

They’ve played twice in Port Elizabeth withthe Springboks winning both the first test 18 – 10 in 1960 and 29 – 15 in the second in 2006.

This will be the Springboks 3rd test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The first was against New Zealand in 2011, which the Springboks won 18 – 5 and the second against England in 2012 ending in a 14 all draw.

Victor Matfield will extend his test record of 112, which is also the record for the most tests for a lock in a Springbok jersey.

Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis will also be playing their 34th test which is a record for brothers in a Springbok jersey.

Schalk Burger will extend his record of 68 as the most capped Springbok flank. He also shares the record with Juan Smith for the most test tries as a flank, 11.

The entire front row for Saturday’s test, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis, including reserves Adriaan Strauss and Marcel van der Merwe were all schooled at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

It will also be the first time that New Zealander, Glen Jackson, will referee a Springbok test since he started refereeing in 2010.


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