Springboks unbeaten on home soil

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 27 Jun 2014 at 11:15
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The Springboks will try to keep their unbeaten home record intact against Scotland when they face each other in the last Castle Lager Incoming Tour test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

These two proud nations have been playing each other since the Springboks made their first European tour in 1906, which the Springboks lost 0 – 6. The Springboks have won 19 out of the 24 tests that have been played to date, having won all 6 on South African soil and 13 out of the 18 played in Scotland.

The Springboks have scored 597 points, which includes 75 tries, and conceded 264 points and 27 tries, with an average score of 25 – 11 per game.

The Springboks biggest winning margin was at Murrayfield when they won by 58 points, 68 – 10, in 1997. Their biggest defeat was also at Murrayfield when they lost by 15 points, 6 – 21, in 2002.

The Springbok starting XV has a total of 502 test caps (157 in the backline and 345 amongst the forwards), with a further 91 caps on the bench.

They’ve played twice in Port Elizabeth withthe Springboks winning both the first test 18 – 10 in 1960 and 29 – 15 in the second in 2006.

This will be the Springboks 3rd test at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. The first was against New Zealand in 2011, which the Springboks won 18 – 5 and the second against England in 2012 ending in a 14 all draw.

Victor Matfield will extend his test record of 112, which is also the record for the most tests for a lock in a Springbok jersey.

Bismarck and Jannie du Plessis will also be playing their 34th test which is a record for brothers in a Springbok jersey.

Schalk Burger will extend his record of 68 as the most capped Springbok flank. He also shares the record with Juan Smith for the most test tries as a flank, 11.

The entire front row for Saturday’s test, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis, including reserves Adriaan Strauss and Marcel van der Merwe were all schooled at Grey College in Bloemfontein.

It will also be the first time that New Zealander, Glen Jackson, will referee a Springbok test since he started refereeing in 2010.


  • Boks by a million.

    Pollard to have blinder.

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.14 11:54:06 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : We underestimate the NH teams at our own peril so Boks by like a hundred thousand.

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.14 11:57:24 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 2) : You’re right. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.14 12:07:29 by McLovin Reply

  • Cheaters must be doing something right with the forwards, all 6 front rowers played the currie cup for them

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.14 13:02:46 by Chippa Reply

  • Excited to see what Pollard can do!

    Let’s hope we don’t see a Pienaar/Steyn BIL scenario where a Flyhalf is picked on the basis of his kicking. I hope we see some variety from Pollard.

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.14 13:18:15 by Talent Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 5) :

    I’m in full agreement, but wouldn’t hold my breath if i was you.

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.14 15:53:26 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @Talent (Comment 5) : FdP is still there to run the show, which means Pollard will be there to do what Morné Steyn does….which is disappointing

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.14 16:26:02 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) :

    FdP has been a great servant to SA Rugby.
    But, to move forward, he needs to be replaced.

    We will never be able to forment a more forward-looking game plan with him at the base of the scrum.
    Then again, I dont think the likes of HM, VM et al are interested in any other game plan than the one they know and love up in Pretoria.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.14 16:28:52 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : So indeed, it is true, I am not alone 😀

    And this kind of wisdom from a streamers supporter…. 😈

    I concur 100%…now just to convince the lynch mob that saying that is not some personal attack on FdP 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.14 16:37:27 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 9) : Replace with who?

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.14 16:43:48 by McLovin Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 8) : My concern is there are no SA scrummies really putting up their hand. All are currently inconsistent performers. Since you can only earn you first cap while playing here I reckon we’re faced with a more fundamental problem.

    Edit: Refer to the post above mine for the executive summary 😀

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.14 16:44:27 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : @vanmartin (Comment 11) : Our game style has to shift to playing off of the fh.

    We don’t have any scrummies coming through that is able to manage the game, the game managers are all playing fh. So replace scrummie, fh and game style to suit the modern day players coming through.

    This shift should have gradually been incorporated by now, but sadly we decided to stick to what we’re comfortable with, even though we have no viable way of continuing along this vein.

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.14 16:54:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Thanks. 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.14 17:03:25 by McLovin Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 12) : Why does it have to shift, assuming Fury is still doing a good job. Imo he is.

    Can it not shift post Fury? Seeing as we have game managers at 10. Or do you expect Mr Meyer to want the next 9 to play like Fury?

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.14 17:07:12 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 14) : Ever wondered why Houghaard is such a flop?…cause HM wants him to copy-cat FdP.

    Which is why Pienaar is still there, ’cause he’s a poor man’s FdP.

    Probably my biggest peeve with HM, is his cookie-cutter-template-mentality which he tries to force on players, and unless they are able to embody his “perfect woman”, he discards them.

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.14 17:31:23 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 11) :

    I dont agree.
    I think, if you’re looking for a game-breaker, then perhaps there arent any that are putting up thier hand.

    But if we were to play off our 10 then all you really need is a scrummie with good, quick service.

    We dont need another Joost or another Fury. the only reason we need them now is because we dont have a playmaker at stand-off.

    As for leaving it until Fury retires – given current developments that could be after the 2019 WC.

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.14 17:52:49 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 15) :

    Have you noticed how much better Pienaar plays fro Ulster than for the Boks?

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.14 17:55:46 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 16) : Let’s do a hypothetical. We have a general at 10, Meyer is happy for him to run the game, no Fourie-incarnate required, who do we pick right now? My concern is there’s nobody that jumps out at you. Hougie is probably closest but he’s blows hot and cold too.

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.14 18:00:08 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) :

    Well, we’d need to have a change in mind-set and it would take time.
    It doesnt help when all your best players move overseas because they cant see themselves cracking the nod.

    Would’ve picked Kokkott. But for guys like him not to pack it in they must have a realistic chance of selection.
    I’m really playing the long game here.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.06.14 18:03:47 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 19) : Got it. What did you think of Rory’s performance playing for the World XV?

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.06.14 18:07:16 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 20) :

    I thought he was decent, but ive seen him play much better for Castres. There were rumours he was on Toulon’s shopping list.
    I used to give him a hard time when he was playing for the Sharks, but that was largely down to his discipline, which he seems to have sorted out.
    I like a nuggety, live-wire scrumhalf so he ticks those boxes.

    But if we keep on selecting geriatrics and only pick players playing abroad that have already been capped, then where will the next generation come from?
    Fury will still be playing with a zimmer frame if that were the case. Maybe he can borrow the hounds one?

    Other than that there’s Sarel Pretorius, there’s Nic Groom (marginal choice), but the reality is we need to blood somebody, anybody at this point. My personal choice would be to pick a scrummie with quick service, who could then develop his game from there. If you have a Goosen or a Lambie at stand-off then quick, reliable service is all you really need.

    We simply cant have our first-choice scrummie being on the verge of retirement and the second-choice playing in Ireland.
    Especially not when we place so much emphasis on their role and have so many plays running off them.

    At some point we gotta bite the bullet and blood somebody else. Sadly it seems management can only see as far out as June next year. Reckon HM says a prayer for Fury every night!

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.06.14 18:17:22 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @vanmartin (Comment 18) : For me, as a biased one-eyed Sharks supporter, it has to be Reinach….and maybe even Faf de Klerk.

    Sarel Pretorius is as inconsistent as they come…Groom would also be a good possibility.

    Biggest problem, we don’t have a senior guy available at 10…once again I’d go with Lambie, as he’d be the safest bet to ensure an iffy game from the scrummie is managed with minimal damage.

    One eyed Sharks supporter I know… but Pollard is an unknown at international level, whether he’ll be able to handle the managing of the game is unknown to me at this stage.

    The transition might involve some pain, which is something HM is avoiding like a pest…but for how long will he have the luxury of avoiding it?

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.06.14 18:31:58 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 21) : That’s the other thing that’s often forgotten, HM’s coaching took to the upward curve when he lured FdP back to the Boks…

    …can his rugby philosophy work without FdP, and without 9 managing the plays?…the evidence suggests otherwise.

    As you say, Glass-Goose and Lambie simply needs quick service…but it seems Pollard is HM’s pre-ordained fh for the next 20 years, purely based on high school and junior accomplishments.

    His senior career has thus far proven nothing.

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.06.14 18:39:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 23) :

    Lambie would be my 1st choice 10 right now, but he seems pretty injury prone himself.

    It’s a problem with 10s who like to carry the ball into contact, they rarely get through a season without major injury.

    We’re going to see a rotation based on who’s healthy, unless 1 of the 3 transfers himself into the kind of 10 you love to hate.

    My money is on Pollard. The Bulls seem to understand how to keep a 10 healthy better than most.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.06.14 23:58:09 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @Chippa (Comment 4) : ja it’s called Grey College!!!!

  • Comment 25, posted at 28.06.14 00:32:12 by JD Reply
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  • Good Article Rob!

    Go SHARKSBOKKE and the rest. No one knew and most of us doubted him a year ago. I wish Stephan Lewies a great start to a long international career if he comes of the bench today. His playing style/skills and maturity reminds of a Young Victor. And yes he is real 5 not a makeshift 5 ! GO BOKKE !

  • Comment 26, posted at 28.06.14 06:20:32 by Observer Reply

  • @fyndraai (Comment 24) : It’s pretty sad that the only way to keep a fh injury free for an entire season is by wrapping him in cotton wool…but you might actually be onto something.

  • Comment 27, posted at 28.06.14 06:53:08 by FireTheLooser Reply


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