Springboks

Stats give Boks advantage heading to Loftus

Warren Whiteley (Gallo Images)
Warren Whiteley (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Heading into Saturday’s first Test against France in Pretoria, the Springboks boast a healthy head-to-head record against their opponents.

In 39 matches to date between the two nations over the years, the Springboks have won 22, lost 11 and drew 6 times.

The Springboks' record at home against France is less impressive though. In 21 Tests in South Africa, the Boks have won 10, lost 6, with 5 draws.

Saturday’s Test will be the third match at Loftus Versfeld between the two countries.

The previous two, in 1975 and 1980, were comfortably won by South Africa with a combined score of 70-33.

Saturday's clash is scheduled for 17:00.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Dillyn Leyds

France

15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Henry Chavancy, 12 Gaël Fickou, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Maxime Machenaud, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Loann Goujon, 6 Yacouba Camara, 5 Yoann Maestri (captain), 4 Julien le Devedec, 3 Uini Atonio, 2 Clément Maynadier, 1 Jefferson Poirot

Substitutes: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Eddy Ben Arous, 18 Mohamed Boughanmi, 19 Bernard le Roux, 20 Kévin Gourdon, 21 Baptiste Serin, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Vincent Rattez

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