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Scotland v Springboks: 15 Things You Need to Know

Handre Pollard Scotland

Here’s what you need to know before the Boks take on the Scots in Edinburgh this weekend!

Despite the poor start, the Springboks were persistent enough to edge past the French last weekend in Paris; but they face another tough Northern opposition in the form of Scotland in the Boks’ penultimate game of 2018. But, before the action gets underway, here are 15 facts about the big international clash that you should know:

• The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 430. There are 182 caps in the backline with 248 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 182 caps.

• The average caps per player in the backline are 26, the forwards 31 while the players on the bench average 23. The average age of the starting 15 is 26.

Handré Pollard will become the second most-capped Springbok flyhalf with his 38th cap, surpassing Butch James with 37 caps as a flyhalf.

South Africa’s overall record against Scotland at Murrayfield: P: 16; W: 12; L: 4; PF: 411; PA: 156; TF: 56; TA: 14; Average score: 26-10; Win%: 75%.

• The top Springbok scorers at Murrayfield are: Percy Montgomery (59 points, 17 conversions, 5 penalty goals); Joost van der Westhuizen (4 tries); and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (3 drop goals).

• The match records are: Percy Montgomery (26 points and 8 conversions); Six players have scored 2 tries; Morné Steyn (4 penalty goals) and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (3 drop goals).

South Africa’s overall record against Scotland is: P: 26; W: 21; L: 5; PF: 686; PA: 286; TF: 86; TA: 28; Average score: 26-11. Win%: 81%.

• South Africa’s biggest win against Scotland (58 points) was on 6 December 1997 at Murrayfield when the Springboks ran in 10 tries with the final score 68-10. On the day, Percy Montgomery scored 26 points with two tries and eight conversions.

• The Springboks’ biggest loss against Scotland was on 16 November 2002 at Murrayfield when the visitors lost by 6-21.

• The first Test match at Murrayfield took place on 25 March 1925, when Scotland beat England 14-11 and thereby winning their first Grand Slam in the erstwhile Five Nations Championship.

• South Africa’s first Test against Scotland at Murrayfield took place on 6 January 1932, when Bennie Osler’s Springboks beat Scotland 6-3 in front of 74 000 spectators.

• Since that day, the Springboks have played 15 Test matches at Murrayfield against Scotland, plus a solitary Test against Spain as part of the 1999 Rugby World Cup tournament.

• The present seating capacity of Murrayfield is 67,144.

The referee is Romain Poite of France, who is handling his 60th Test as a referee. To date, he has refereed 10 Test matches which involved the Springboks. South Africa have won six and lost four for a 60% win-rate.

• The assistant referees are Ben O’Keeffe from New Zealand and Frank Murphy (Ireland), while Ben Skeen (NZ) is the TMO.

Teams:

Scotland – 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Pete Horne, 11 Sean Maitland, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Sam Skinner 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 WP Nel, 2 Stuart McInally, 1 Gordon Reid.
Subs: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Josh Strauss, 20 Jamie Ritchie, 21 Ali Price, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Chris Harris.

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Cheslin Kolbe.

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