15 staggering stats from the Boks' win over the Wallabies

Pieter-Steph du Toit (Getty)
Pieter-Steph du Toit (Getty)

Cape Town - We all know there's only ONE statistic that really counts in any rugby match - the final score.

As it happened: Springboks v Wallabies

There's no comments column for 'how you got there', it's just that after 80 minutes you're ahead on the scoreboard that matters!

The Springboks made it back-to-back Rugby Championship victories on Saturday, avenging their earlier 23-18 tournament defeat in Brisbane against the Wallabies by winning 23-12 in Port Elizabeth.

A fortnight ago, Rassie Erasmus' Boks recorded one of the great all-time Test wins over their fiercest rivals - the All Blacks - in Wellington.

And for the second consecutive Test the official SANZAAR stats from the match make for staggering reading.

As World Rugby continue to take flak for the state of the game throughout the world and an equal balance between attack and defence is sought, it appears dominating territory and possession is a recipe for defeat!

ON ATTACK

TRIES

South Africa - 2

Australia - 2

METRES CARRIED

South Africa - 282

Australia - 352

CARRIES

South Africa - 74

Australia - 122

DEFENDERS BEATEN

South Africa - 9

Australia - 19

PASSES

South Africa - 95

Australia - 196

OFFLOADS

South Africa - 3

Australia - 7

POSSESSION

South Africa - 39.5%

Australia - 60.5%

ON DEFENCE

TACKLES

South Africa - 144

Australia - 74

MISSED TACKLES

South Africa - 19

Australia - 9

BREAKDOWN

RUCKS WON

South Africa - 52

Australia - 91

SET PLAY

SCRUMS WON

South Africa - 8

Australia - 9

LINEOUTS WON

South Africa - 10

Australia - 12

DISCIPLINE

PENALTIES CONCEDED

South Africa - 13

Australia - 10

YELLOW CARDS

South Africa - 1

Australia - 0

FINAL SCORE?

South Africa - 23

Australia - 12

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