Ireland look to turn tide against Boks
November 5, 2012
Tendai Mtawarira celebrates South Africa's win over Ireland in 2010 © Getty Images
South Africa travel to Ireland on Saturday looking to emulate their 2010 triumph at the Aviva Stadium.
The Boks' win back in November 2010 brought to an end Ireland's three-match winning run against the South Africans but it was a victory that remained in the balance until the end. The Springboks eventually triumphed 23-21 with tries from Juan Smith and Gio Aplon giving them the edge along with Morne Steyn and Pat Lambie's boot but Rob Kearney's late score put the pressure on the Boks.
Before that meeting, Ireland had put South Africa to the sword on three consecutive occasions. A Ronan O'Gara-inspired Ireland beat the Boks 17-12 in Dublin in 2004. Two years later they hammered South Africa 32-15, outscoring the soon-to-be world champions by four tries to two.
The Irish completed a hat-trick of wins over the Springboks three years ago at Croke Park, with fly-half Jonathan Sexton emulating O'Gara by kicking his side to a 15-10 victory. Kidney will be hoping for another game-winning contribution from his No.10 this weekend.
Ireland v South Africa All-time record: Played: 20, Ireland won 4, South Africa won 15, drawn 1
Biggest winning margin: Ire: 17, 32-15 at Lansdowne Road, 2006; SA: 38, 38-0 at Lansdowne Road, 1912.
Highest score: Ire: 32 (32-15) at Lansdowne Road, 2006; SA: 31 (31-28) at Twickenham, 2002
Most tries: Ire: 4 (32-15) at Lansdowne Road, 2006; SA: 10 (38-0) at Lansdowne Road, 1912.
Longest winning sequence: Ire: 3 (2004-present), SA: 8 (1981-2004)
Most points (individual): Ire: Ronan O'Gara 56; SA: Percy Montgomery 56
Most tries (individual): Ire: 2 Shane Horgan, Tyrone Howe and Harold Sugars; SA: 4 Stefan Terblanche
Most points in a Test: Ire: 17 Ronan O'Gara at Lansdowne Road, 2004; SA: 20 Stefan Terblanche at Bloemfontein, 2002
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