Springboks out to break duck
July 23, 2009
Joost van der Westhuizen is the Springboks' leading try-scorer against the All Blacks © Getty Images
South Africa host the All Blacks at Free State Stadium on Saturday, kicking off their Tri- Nations campaign and looking to break their duck against the All Blacks in Bloemfontein.
In their two previous meetings at the ground, the last coming in 1976, the Springboks have registered a loss and a draw against their fierce Kiwi rivals.
Last season the Boks broke their Carisbrook hoodoo thanks to Ricky Januarie's individual try but lost out 2-1 over their three Tri-Nations matches - incuding being nilled at Newlands in Cape Town.
Ahead of the eagerly-awaited showdown we look back at the previous clashes between these two giants of the international game.
All-time record: New Zealand won 42, South Africa won 30, drawn 3
Biggest winning margin: SA: 17, 17-0 at Durban, 1928; NZ: 36, 52-16 at Pretoria, 2003
Highest score: SA: 46 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000; NZ: 55 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997
Most tries: SA: 6 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000; NZ: 7 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997
Longest winning sequence: SA: 6 (1937-1949); NZ: 7 (2001-2004)
Most points (individual) : SA: Percy Montgomery 106; NZ: Andrew Mehrtens 209
Most tries (individual) : SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen; NZ: 10 Christian Cullen
Most points in a Test: SA: 22 Jannie de Beer at Johannesburg 1997; NZ: 25 Carlos Spencer at Auckland, 1997
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all South Africa v New Zealand matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for the South Africa v New Zealand record at Free State Stadium courtesy of Statsguru
Firdose Moonda looks at the moves towards greater integration within South African rugby ... and what the future holds
Martin Gillingham looks ahead to what he believes is the most remarkable ever climax to the league phase of the Top 14
With just two rounds left in the regular season, we look at the prospects of the teams taking part in the Championship play-offs
Joe Simpson talks to Charlie Morgan about loss, Wasps and being England's game-breaker