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History: Springboks vs Italy


Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 21 Nov 2014 at 13:20
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After a 31 – 28 win against England last week, the Springboks will face Italy at the Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday afternoon.

The match on Saturday will only be the twelfth time these two countries meet since the first test was played in 1995.

It’s interesting to see the Springboks’ biggest win over Italy was under Nick Mallet in 1999, when they beat the Azzurri 101 – 0, – also Italy’s biggest defeat – at Kings Park in Durban. Italy’s smallest defeat, 13 – 29 was also under Mallet, but this time he wore the Azzurri (Sky-Blues) colours of Italy.

Former Sharks player, Stefan Terblanche made his debut in that same match in Durban and went on to score 5 tries, not a bad way to start your test career!

The 2nd placed Springboks have a 100% win record against the 14th placed Italy, the only other teams with 100% win records are Australia, England, New Zealand and the Pacific Islanders.

The Springboks have won 4 from 4 tests in Italy, scoring 188 points and only conceding 88. In South Africa they have won 7 from 7, scoring 389 and only conceding 51.

The teams for Saturday’s test:

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Luke McLean 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Eduardo Gori 8 Sergio Parisse (capt) 7 Samuela Vunisa 6 Alessandro Zanni 5 Joshua Furno 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Matias Aguero
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Francesco Minto 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Luciano Orquera 23 Giulio Toniolatti

Springboks: 15 Johan Goosen 14 JP Pietersen 13 Jan Serfontein 12 Jean de Villiers (capt) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Pat Lambie 9 Cobus Reinach 8 Duane Vermeulen 7 Teboho Mohoje 6 Marcell Coetzee 5 Victor Matfield 4 Eben Etzebeth 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 2 Adriaan Strauss 1 Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 18 Julian Redelinghuys 19 Lodewyk de Jager 20 Nizaam Carr 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Handré Pollard 23 Willie le Roux



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