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Springboks v All Blacks — 13 Things You Need to Know

Milner-Skudder Skosan

Here are the must-know facts ahead of Saturday’s big clash.

The Springboks face a monumental challenge of trying to salvage a rather lacklustre Rugby Championship campaign by toppling the All Blacks in Cape Town.

Ahead of the big encounter, we have 13 facts and stats you need to know before kick-off at Newlands:

  • The total Test caps in the Springbok starting line-up is 331.
  • There are 102 caps in the backline and 229 caps amongst the forwards, with a further 136 caps amongst the replacements.
  • The average caps per player in the backline is 15, the forwards are 29 and the 17 caps.
  • The average age of the starting 15 is 26 years.
  • Elton Jantjies needs nine points to reach 200 points in Tests for South Africa.
  • Handré Pollard needs 12 points to reach 200 points in Tests for South Africa.
  • After a record 18 Tests as a substitute, Steven Kitshoff will on Saturday finally make his first start in a Test match.
  • Wilco Louw will make his Test and tournament debut should he come off the bench.
  • The very first Test match between South Africa and New Zealand at Newlands in Cape Town took place on 1 September, 1928. The Test was won by New Zealand with a score of 13-5.
  • Saturday’s match will be the Springbok’s 10th Test match against New Zealand at Newlands.
  • The Springbok record for the previous nine matches against the All Blacks: Played 9; Won 3; Lost 6; Points For: 89; Points Against: 130; Tries For: 7; Tries Against: 12; Average score: 10-14. Win%: 33%.
  • South Africa’s overall record at the ground: Played 52; Won 35; Lost 15; Drawn 2; Points For: 1,014; Points Against: 637; Tries For: 131; Tries Against: 67; Average score: 20-12. Win%: 67%.
  • South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand is: Played: 94; Won: 35; Lost: 56; Drawn: 3; Points For: 1,458; Points Against: 1 920; Tries For: 140; TA: 209; Average score: 16-20. Win%: 37%.

Who do you think will take the prize on Saturday? You can place your bets on the Springboks v All Blacks game here.

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