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Springboks vs Scotland – 20 Facts You Need To Know

Before the Boks clash with the Scots, there’s some important facts to take note of.

The Springboks will need to secure a solid win against Scotland when they meet in Newcastle on Saturday for their third pool game in the tournament. Here’s 

• The first Test match between South Africa and Scotland took place in Glasgow in November 1906. The score in that match was 6-0 in favour of Scotland. Since that day at Hampden Park, 24 Test matches were played against Scotland with South Africa victorious in 20. The four matches won by Scotland were all played at Murrayfield in Edinburgh. Saturday’s Test will be the first time that the two teams will meet at a neutral venue.

• The Springbok record against Scotland is: P: 25; W: 20; L: 5; PF: 652; PA: 270. Win%: 80%.

• The most points scored in a match by the Springboks were 68 when they achieved their biggest winning margin against Scotland, winning 68-10 at Murrayfield in 1997. Ten tries were scored by the Springboks on that occasion.

• In RWC tournaments, the two teams only met once before. In 1999 the Springboks’ first pool match was against Scotland at Murrayfield which the Springboks won 46-29.

• The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 716. There are 304 caps in the backline with 412 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 266 caps.

Jan Serfontein could make his RWC debut from the bench.

Bryan Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 111 caps in this position. He is the most experienced Springbok backline player with 112 caps and only Victor Matfield (125) has played in more Test matches for South Africa.

• If he scores a try, Habana will extend his own record of 60 Test tries for South Africa. Bryan also holds the Springbok record for most career tries (11) in RWC tournaments. Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is the RWC record holder with 15 career tries.

Bryan Habana need two tries 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.

• Bryan need one try to equal Joost van der Westhuizen’s career record of 4 tries against Scotland.

JP Pietersen scored a hat trick of tries in the match against Samoa which elevated him to third on the list of tries in RWC with 7 career tries. Jaque Fourie (9) is second with Habana (11) in first place.

Ruan Pienaar is co-holder of the RWC record for most conversions (6) in a Test match. Should he be used from the bench he will equal Ollie le Roux’s record (43) for most capped substitute.

Schalk Burger will play in his 75th Test as a flank, South Africa’s most capped Springbok flank.

• Saturday’s Test will be his 16th RWC Test to join Victor Matfield and Os du Randt as second most capped Springboks in RWC. John Smit played in 17 RWC Tests. He is also the Springbok record holder for most tries as a flank (13) as well as a forward (15).

Jannie du Plessis and Tendai Mtawarira will play in their 39th Test as props in the starting line-up.

Bismarck du Plessis is the Springbok record holder for most tries (10) in Tests as a hooker.

• The front row of Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck and Tendai Mtawarira will appear in their record 20th Test starting line-up.

• Jannie and Bismarck will play their 46th Test match together.

• The referee is Nigel Owens of Wales. It will be his 13th Test involving South Africa. Of the previous 12 South Africa have won seven and lost five. His last appearance in which South Africa played was earlier this year in Brisbane when South Africa lost 20-24 against Australia.

• The venue is St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, home to Newcastle United Football Club since 1892. It has a capacity of just more than 52 400 seats. It is the second biggest sports ground in England outside of London. Apart from football-related uses the stadium is also used for concerts, international rugby league and rugby union matches.

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35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. jhb_boet

    October 2, 2015 at 09:01

    This is a springbok dream team!!!!!

    • GregZA

      October 2, 2015 at 09:04

      On paper this is the springbok dream team. They are definitely the most exciting players but they havent really had time to gel at all.

  2. Matty_D

    October 2, 2015 at 09:01

    Why the fuck was this not our starting 15 for every game?

    • GregZA

      October 2, 2015 at 09:03

      There is a huge issue with springbok management. There is so much politics behind the scene that we arent aware of.

  3. James N-Y

    October 2, 2015 at 09:02

    This was my team selection going in to the world cup… I assumed that Meyer would have seen that through our dreadful Rugby Championship

  4. jhb_boet

    October 2, 2015 at 09:06

    1Tendai Mtwarira
    2Bismarck du Plessis
    3Jannie du Plessis
    4Eben Etzebeth
    5Lood de Jager
    6Francois Louw
    7Schalk Burger
    8Duane Vermeulen
    9Fourie du Preez
    10Handre Pollard
    11Bryan Habana
    12Damian de Allende
    13Jesse Kriel
    14JP Pietersen
    15Willie le Roux

    • Lions Fan 96

      October 2, 2015 at 09:07

      what a starting 15!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lions Fan 96

        October 2, 2015 at 09:07

        realistically we should have sent the lions over but anyway

        • Kabs

          October 2, 2015 at 09:25

          ha ha ha ha ha all the bitter lions supporters

    • jhb_boet

      October 2, 2015 at 09:08

      Bench:

      16Adriaan Strauss
      17Trevor Nyakane
      18Frans Malherbe
      19Pieter-Steph du Toit
      20Willem Alberts
      21Ruan Pienaar
      22Pat Lambie
      23Jan Serfontein

      • HeinRich

        October 2, 2015 at 09:09

        the bench also looks exciting minus pienaar and minus lambie

        • jeff

          October 2, 2015 at 09:17

          hahahahahahaha no likes pienaar but i hope he makes and impact off the bench.

      • Joe Joe

        October 2, 2015 at 09:13

        Serfontein for the win

      • Kabs

        October 2, 2015 at 09:17

        no matfield?

        • bokke

          October 2, 2015 at 09:18

          He must have found a great retirement village in the uk

      • Matty_D

        October 2, 2015 at 09:25

        actually the dream bench

    • jhb_boet

      October 2, 2015 at 09:09

      De Allende + Kriel + Le Roux =fire

      • GregZA

        October 2, 2015 at 09:14

        Like!!!!!!!

      • GregZA

        October 2, 2015 at 09:15

        no joke, best combo De Allende and Kriel with WLR to help out

      • HeinRich

        October 2, 2015 at 09:15

        more like nsfw

    • Jakx_

      October 2, 2015 at 09:10

      Our wings are the only issue but i can live with this

    • Call me Big Poppa

      October 2, 2015 at 09:12

      Should have had Mapoe and Skosan on the wings but that is Springbok rugby… always go with experience over pace. face palm.

      • Lions Fan 96

        October 2, 2015 at 09:15

        Someone i can agree with

      • Bok fan until i die

        October 2, 2015 at 09:16

        Exactly who the boks needed

      • Lions4Life

        October 2, 2015 at 09:18

        scrap that, send the whole lions team

        • Lions4Life

          October 2, 2015 at 09:19

          It’s sad that the lions are playing out of their boots and have been left out.

          • GregZA

            October 2, 2015 at 09:20

            What is worse is that they have dominted the curry cup and will most likely win it and it will go unnoticed.

        • Lions4Life

          October 2, 2015 at 09:20

          best starting south african team not in the world cup

    • Vusi_S

      October 2, 2015 at 09:13

      It’s so ************** annoying that this hasn’t been our starting team

    • cliff

      October 2, 2015 at 09:21

      who is going to be making the tackles??? Jannie and Jessie????

    • boks

      October 2, 2015 at 09:24

      the realest team. damn.

    • NZ NZ NZ

      October 2, 2015 at 09:27

      still no mtch for the All Blacks

  5. jeff

    October 2, 2015 at 09:11

    Did anyone see the interview with du Preez? He was just like “finally i’m captain”

    • HeinRich

      October 2, 2015 at 09:29

      overlooked constantly

  6. Matty_D

    October 5, 2015 at 08:49

    Whats a win boys and girls!!!!!!

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