Springboks look to turn the tide
September 30, 2012
All Blacks full-back Israel Dagg scored against the Springboks last time out © Getty Images
South Africa host New Zealand in Johannesburg this weekend with the Springboks looking to secure only their second win in seven matches against the All Blacks.
New Zealand beat their old rivals for the fifth time in the last six matches in Dunedin three weeks ago with a 21-11 victory.
New Zealand hold the all-time advantage with 47 victories following their win in Dunedin and the Springboks' only win in their last six encounters came with an 18-5 triumph on the eve of last year's Rugby World Cup that brought an end to four successive defeats.
However, perhaps their most famous clash came in the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup where hosts South Africa claimed a 15-12 success at Ellis Park and with it the sport's biggest prize for the first time.
This weekend's game will be only the second encounter between South Africa and New Zealand at the National Stadium in Johannesburg with the All Blacks having won the only other previous encounter 29-22 in 2010.
All-time record: South Africa won 34, New Zealand 47, 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: Morne Steyn 112; NZ: Dan Carter 231
Most tries (individual): SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen; NZ: 10 Christian Cullen
Most points in a Test: SA: 31 Morne Steyn at Durban, 2009; NZ: 25 Carlos Spencer at Auckland, 1997
South Africa v New Zealand:
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
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