The Springbok coaches’ bleak record against All Blacks

Springboks v All Blacks (Gallo Images)
Springboks v All Blacks (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The 1995 Rugby World Cup final will go down as one of South Africa’s greatest sporting moments.

The Springboks defeated the All Blacks 15-12 after extra-time to firmly announce their return to the international fray after years in isolation.

After that final at Ellis Park, the Boks enjoyed a 21-18 head-to-head advantage over the Kiwis, including three draws.

The game turned professional at the start of the 1996 season and since then the nations have battled more regularly.

Unfortunately, from a South African perspective, the All Blacks have turned the tables firmly in their favour and currently boast a 57-35 win-record against the Springboks, including three draws.

It translates to a 39-14 win-record for the Kiwis in the professional era.

During that period, the Boks have had nine coaches.

Nick Mallett, who coached the Boks between 1997 and 2000, is the only coach with a positive win record against New Zealand (4 wins from 7 - 57%), while Peter de Villiers (2008-2011) won the most Tests (5 out of 11 - 45%).

The other coaches had a torrid time against the ‘old foe’, with the list reading as follows:

Allister Coetzee - 0 from 4 (2016-2017)

Heyneke Meyer - 1 from 8 (2012-2015 - 12.5%)

Jake White - 3 from 9 (2004-2007 - 33.3%)

Rudolf Straeuli - 0 from 5 (2002-2003)

Harry Viljoen - 0 from 2 (2000-2001)

Carel du Plessis - 0 from 2 (1997)

Andre Markgraaff - 1 from 5 (1996 - 20%)

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