England out to save face against Boks
June 19, 2012
The Boks beat England last weekend in a highly physical clash © Getty Images
England travel to Port Elizabeth for the second time when they face the Springboks on Saturday.
England have never played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium but they played in Port Elizabeth back in 1984 at the EPRFU Stadium. The Boks dominated England that day as they ran in three tries along with Johan Heunis' boot securing them a 33-15 win. Recent history, however, will prove to be painful reading for Stuart Lancaster's side.
They last won on South African soil back in 2000 when they prevailed 27-22 at Bloemfontein. It was that man Jonny Wilkinson who steered them home with all their points coming from his boot. The Boks are now on a nine-game winning run against England dating back to 2006.
While England have never played at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, the British & Irish Lions took on the Southern Kings there back in June 2009. It was a brutal game which the Lions edged 20-8 with Ugo Monye - who could be in line for a start on Saturday - scoring one of their two tries.
South Africa v England all-time record: Played 33, South Africa won 21, England won 12, drawn one.
Biggest winning margin: SA: 48 points, 58-10 at Free State Stadium, 2007; Eng: 50 points, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002
Highest score: SA: 58 points, 58-10 at Free State Stadium, 2007; Eng: 53 points, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002
Most tries: SA: Eight, 55-22 at Loftus Versfeld, 2007; Eng: Seven, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002
Longest winning sequence: SA: Nine (2006-present); Eng: Seven (2000-2006)
Most points (individual): SA: Percy Montgomery 99; Eng: Jonny Wilkinson 127
Most tries (individual): SA: 6, Bryan Habana; Eng: 4, Will Greenwood
Most points in a Test: SA: 34, Jannie de Beer at Stade de France, 1999; Eng: 27, Rob Andrew at Loftus Versfeld, 1994
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