17 stats and facts: Wales v Springboks

Handre Pollard (Getty)
Handre Pollard (Getty)

Cape Town - Seventeen stats and facts ahead of Saturday's Test between Wales and the Springboks in Cardiff.

Kick-off is at 19:20 SA time.

Test caps

• The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 445. There are 189 caps in the backline and 256 among the forwards, with a further 226 on the bench.

• The average caps per player in the backline is 27, while the forwards average 32 while the players on the bench average 24. The average age of the starting XV is 26.

Pieter-Steph du Toit and Steven Kitshoff are the only two players who will have played in every Test match this season.

Record against Wales

• South Africa’s record against Wales in Cardiff: P: 18; W: 13; L: 4; D: 1; PF: 370; PA: 296; TF: 41; TA: 23; Average score: 21-16; Win%: 72%.

• South Africa’s overall record against Wales is: P: 34; W: 28; L: 5; D: 1; PF: 892; PA: 532; TF: 108; TA: 45; Average score: 26-16. Win%: 84%.

• The top Springbok scorers against Wales are Percy Montgomery (91 points, 18 conversions and 10 penalty goals); Joost van der Westhuizen and Jean de Villiers (6 tries each); and Hansie Brewis, Lionel Wilson and Handré Pollard (1 drop goal each).

• The match records are held as follows: Percy Montgomery (31 points and 9 conversions); Joost van der Westhuizen and Pieter Rossouw (3 tries each); Butch James, Morné Steyn and Handré Pollard (5 penalty goals each); and Hansie Brewis, Lionel Wilson and Handré Pollard (1 drop goal each).

• South Africa’s biggest win against Wales (83 points) was on June 27, 1998 at Loftus Versfeld, when the Springboks ran in 15 tries in a 96-13 triumph. On the day, Percy Montgomery scored 31 points with two tries, nine conversions and a penalty goal.

• The Springboks’ biggest loss against Wales was on November 26, 2016 in Cardiff when South Africa lost 27-13.

Approaching milestones

Hansie Brewis (1951), Lionel Wilson (1964) and Handré Pollard (2015) are the only Springboks who have scored a drop goal against Wales. With a successful drop goal against Wales, Pollard could become the sole record holder for most drop goals in a career against Wales.

• Should Pollard score 11 or more points in the Test, he will surpass Butch James in third place for the most points in Tests against Wales. Percy Montgomery and Morné Steyn occupy the first two spots.

The stadium

• The original ground where the Principality Stadium is now situated, was known as Cardiff Arms Park, where Wales have played their first Test 134 years ago.

• South Africa’s first Test against Wales at Cardiff Arms Park took place on December 14, 1912, when Billy Millar’s Springboks beat Wales 3-0 in front of 26 000 spectators.

• The old stadium at the Arms Park was demolished in 1997 to make way for the Millennium Stadium, which hosted the 1999 Rugby World Cup. The first Test match at this new stadium was between Wales and South Africa on June 26, 1999, when the Springboks ended on the losing side 29-19. It was South Africa’s first loss against Wales since 1906 in ironically the 13th Test between the two countries.

• Subsequently, the Springboks have won eight consecutive games at the stadium now known as the Principality Stadium, but lost the following three with the last one in 2017 by a narrow margin of two points.

• The seating capacity of the stadium is 74 500.

Match officials

• The referee is Luke Pearce of England. This will be his 19th Test as a referee and the first one with the Springboks involved. The assistant referees are Wayne Barnes and Karl Dicksonfrom England while Irishman Simon McDowell is the TMO.

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