History: Springboks vs Italy

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Original Content, Springboks on 21 Nov 2014 at 13:20
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After a 31 – 28 win against England last week, the Springboks will face Italy at the Stadio Euganeo in Padua on Saturday afternoon.

The match on Saturday will only be the twelfth time these two countries meet since the first test was played in 1995.

It’s interesting to see the Springboks’ biggest win over Italy was under Nick Mallet in 1999, when they beat the Azzurri 101 – 0, – also Italy’s biggest defeat – at Kings Park in Durban. Italy’s smallest defeat, 13 – 29 was also under Mallet, but this time he wore the Azzurri (Sky-Blues) colours of Italy.

Former Sharks player, Stefan Terblanche made his debut in that same match in Durban and went on to score 5 tries, not a bad way to start your test career!

The 2nd placed Springboks have a 100% win record against the 14th placed Italy, the only other teams with 100% win records are Australia, England, New Zealand and the Pacific Islanders.

The Springboks have won 4 from 4 tests in Italy, scoring 188 points and only conceding 88. In South Africa they have won 7 from 7, scoring 389 and only conceding 51.

The teams for Saturday’s test:

Italy: 15 Andrea Masi 14 Leonardo Sarto 13 Michele Campagnaro 12 Luca Morisi 11 Luke McLean 10 Kelly Haimona 9 Eduardo Gori 8 Sergio Parisse (capt) 7 Samuela Vunisa 6 Alessandro Zanni 5 Joshua Furno 4 Quintin Geldenhuys 3 Martin Castrogiovanni 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 1 Matias Aguero
Replacements: 16 Andrea Manici 17 Alberto De Marchi 18 Dario Chistolini 19 Marco Bortolami 20 Francesco Minto 21 Guglielmo Palazzani 22 Luciano Orquera 23 Giulio Toniolatti

Springboks: 15 Johan Goosen 14 JP Pietersen 13 Jan Serfontein 12 Jean de Villiers (capt) 11 Bryan Habana 10 Pat Lambie 9 Cobus Reinach 8 Duane Vermeulen 7 Teboho Mohoje 6 Marcell Coetzee 5 Victor Matfield 4 Eben Etzebeth 3 Coenie Oosthuizen 2 Adriaan Strauss 1 Trevor Nyakane
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp 18 Julian Redelinghuys 19 Lodewyk de Jager 20 Nizaam Carr 21 Francois Hougaard 22 Handré Pollard 23 Willie le Roux


  • Italy, not unlike Argentina and Samoa, will try to drag you down to their level and really spoil what could have been a semi-enjoyable game of flowing rugby.

    Never enjoy these games…teams like this should earn the right to play the top 5 nations, and not just be handed this opportunity as if it is their right.

    No. 14 vs. No. 2 – yawn

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.11.14 13:40:14 by FireTheLooser Reply
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : I enjoy supporting Italy, or maybe it’s just that thing inside wanting the underdog to do well haha

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.11.14 14:50:48 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Travelled from PE to East London to watch Boks play Italy in 2010

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.11.14 14:54:50 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • You sure about that Terblanche stat?
    Could have sworn his debut was four tries against Ireland…

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.11.14 15:22:01 by Shakes34 Reply

  • @Shakes34 (Comment 4) : yeah actually you’re right. Terblanche scored 4 against Ireland on debut in 98. He scored 5 against Italy in 99 in his 14th test.

    I’ll amend.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.11.14 15:46:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Looking at Stefan’s stats, he really was a bit of a flat track bully. 19 test tries in total, but only one of those was against a fellow top 5 side.

    The rest were all against Italy, Ireland, Wales and Scotland

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.11.14 15:55:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 1) : what a snob! As an Italian u have probably just convinced me to become an AB supporter in SA! but its probably what the Kiwi and Ozzie team supporters say about SAn teams and why they have relocated us to play against Japan and Argentina!

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.11.14 16:17:58 by Sharksmad - The Blog's Dudette Reply

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  • @Sharksmad – The Blog’s Dudette (Comment 7) : Oh I’m sorry….I forgot to make allowances for your ancestry. 😉

    I’m sure folks with Polish ancestry also feel that their rugby team deserves a shot against the no.2 team in the world.

    Let’s just sacrifice a whole year of competitive rugby for the sake of those poor soles who’s country of origin is not within the top 10 rugby playing nations. 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.11.14 17:19:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • What time are the Boks playing. I’ve got a board meeting all day tomorrow! Someone keep me updated… 😎

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.11.14 21:57:09 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 8) : Oh, be nice!

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.11.14 21:58:07 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : don’t start 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 22.11.14 07:46:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : The excuses these Pastors come up with :mrgreen: 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 22.11.14 13:09:58 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 11) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 22.11.14 21:27:49 by pastorshark Reply
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