Cape Town - Head-to-head statistics ahead of the Springboks' Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in Durban on Saturday:
- South Africa and New Zealand square off for the 93rd time since their first Test match in 1921. South Africa have won 35, lost 54 and three matches were drawn for a win percentage of 38%.
- The inaugural Tri-Nations Test between New Zealand and South Africa was played in Christchurch on July, 20, 1996. To date 44 matches in the Tri-Nations and currently Rugby Championship were played between the two countries of which South Africa have won 12 and lost 32.
- The complete South African record in the Rugby Championship against New Zealand is: Played 44, Won 12, Lost 32, Points for 842, Points against 1 219, Tries for 77, Tries against 122, Average score 19-28.
- South Africa and New Zealand are the only two Tier 1 countries who hold the record for most consecutive wins - between 1965 and 1969 New Zealand recorded 17 consecutive wins before the Springboks beat them in Pretoria on 25 July, 1970. During 1997/98, South Africa equalled the record with 17 consecutive Test victories before losing to England in December 1998.
- New Zealand repeated this feat and won 17 consecutive Test matches during 2013/14, this time being stopped by Australia, when the teams drew their first Rugby Championship match of 2014 in Sydney 12-12.
- On August, 1, 2009, Morne Steyn established a new world record by scoring all 31 points against the All Blacks in Durban with a try, conversion and eight penalty goals.
- The All Blacks will start Saturday’s match with 16 consecutive wins under the belt.
15 Pat Lambie, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Willie le Roux
15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 George Moala