Boks hope to re-address balance
August 8, 2011
The Wallabies took the Mandela Plate in their last clash on July 23 © Getty Images
South Africa host Australia on Saturday at Kings Park in Durban and will look to halt a poor recent run of results against their Tri-Nations rivals.
The Wallabies have won four out of the last five meetings between the two sides with their most recent success in the first round of the Tri-Nations where they prevailed 39-20. The record for South Africa at Kings Park - however - against the Australian's is mixed with the home side winning two of their four Tests. The last game between the two sides - in August 2008 - finished in a win for the Australians as they ran out 27-15 victors.
However, the Springboks hold the historical advantage over the Wallabies with 41 Test victories to their rivals' 30 since their first meeting in Sydney back in 1921 in which the Boks prevailed 25-10. South Africa last won at Kings Park back in 2004 edging their opponents 23-19.
All-time record: South Africa won 41, Australia won 30, drawn 1
Biggest winning margin: SA: 45, 53-8 at Johannesburg, 2008; Aus: 49, 49-0 at Brisbane, 2006
Highest score: SA: 61 (61-22) at Pretoria, 1997; Aus: 49 (49-0) at Brisbane, 2006
Most tries: SA: 8 (53-8) at Johannesburg, 2008, (61-22) at Pretoria, 1997, (28-3) at Johannesburg, 1961; Aus: 6 (49-0) at Brisbane, 2006
Longest winning sequence: SA: 7 (1953-1963) and (1969-1971); Aus: 4 (1999-2000)
Most points (individual): SA: Percy Montgomery 140; Aus: Stirling Mortlock 150
Most tries (individual): SA: Breyton Paulse 7; Aus: Matt Giteau 9
Most points in a Test: SA: 26 Jannie de Beer at Pretoria, 1997; Aus: 29 Stirling Mortlock at Melbourne, 2000
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Australia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all South Africa v Australia matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of the clashes between South Africa and Australia at Kings Park courtesy of Statsguru
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