Springboks

Honours even: Boks v Ireland in Dublin

Allister Coetzee (Getty)
Allister Coetzee (Getty)

Cape Town - There is absolutely nothing separating South Africa and Ireland in their eight Dublin meetings since the end of isolation.

In the fixtures between the sides that the Irish capital has hosted since 1998, the Boks have won four and lost four.

Seven of those Tests were played at the Aviva Stadium, formerly known as Lansdowne Road, and one at Croke Park. 

The last time the Boks played in Dublin was in 2014 when they went down 29-15

In those eight matches, the Boks' biggest winning margin has been 14 points back in 1998 when they emerged 27-13 victors thanks to tries from Rassie Erasmus, Bobby Skinstad and Joost van der Westhuizen. 

The Springboks' biggest defeat in Dublin, meanwhile, came in 2006 when Jake White's team was hammered 32-15

Just five of the starting Boks that day would go on to start the 2007 Rugby World Cup final against England.

The Boks' overall record in Ireland dating back to 1906 reads: played 15, won 9, lost 5 and drawn 1

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee, meanwhile, is desperate for a victory over Ireland on Saturday given his troubles on the end-of-year tour in 2016 when the Boks lost to England, Italy and Wales. 

Kick-off on Saturday is at 19:30 SA time.

Springbok record in Dublin (post-isolation):

2014: Ireland 29-15 SA

2012: Ireland 12-16 SA

2010: Ireland 21-23 SA

2009: Ireland 15-10 SA

2006: Ireland 32-15 SA

2004: Ireland 17-12 SA

2000: Ireland 28-28 SA

1998: Ireland 13-27 SA

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