STATS | Wales' HORRIFIC record at Loftus

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Pieter Rossouw scored a hat-trick as the Boks thumped Wales 96-13 at Loftus Versfeld in 1998. (Gallo Images)
Pieter Rossouw scored a hat-trick as the Boks thumped Wales 96-13 at Loftus Versfeld in 1998. (Gallo Images)

Wales will be looking to improve on their terrible record at Loftus Versfeld when they tackle the Springboks in a series-opener at the ground on Saturday.

The Welsh have never beaten the Boks in 10 Tests in South Africa, but their record in Pretoria is particularly poor.

The nations have met three times at Loftus in the past, with the Boks boasting an average winning score of 62-17.

The first Test between the teams there was in 1998 when the Boks recorded their biggest-ever win over the Dragons with a 96-13 hammering. In 2004, South Africa won 53-18 and 37-21 in 2008.

In the 1998 demolition, Gary Teichmann's Springboks scored 15 tries, with winger Pieter Rossouw scoring a hat-trick.

In total, the Springboks and Wales have played 37 Tests, with South Africa winning 30, losing six and one game was drawn (6-6 in Cardiff in 1970).

In recent times, though, Wales have fared better by going on a four-game winning streak between 2016 and 2018.

The Boks have won the last two Tests - a 19-16 thriller at the 2019 World Cup in Japan and 23-18 in Cardiff last year.

Saturday's Test kicks off at 17:05.

Springbok team:

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Elrigh Louw, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Willie le Roux


The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 603.

There are 222 caps in the backline with 381 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 342 caps.

The average caps per player in the backline are 24, the forwards 42, while the players on the bench average 31.

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