Wales out to end losing streak
November 10, 2010
Springbok captain John Smit shakes hands with Matthew Rees after the two sides' meeting in Cardiff earlier this year © Getty Images
Wales will be desperately hoping to arrest a run of 11 successive defeats at the hands of the Springboks when the two sides collide in Cardiff on Saturday.
The Welsh have a dismal record against the South Africans, having registered just one victory from their 24 previous meetings, with 22 games going the way of the Boks and the other game drawn.
Wales' solitary win came in a game which marked the official opening of the Millennium Stadium, with tries from Mark Taylor and Gareth Thomas, and 19 points from the boot of Neil Jenkins, helping Wales to an impressive 29-19 victory.
Since that historic day in Cardiff, Wales have known nothing but heartbreak and misery in their clashes with the Springboks. Their most recent meeting was particularly demoralising, with Wales frittering away an early 16-3 lead against an under-strength South African side before launching a spirited late fightback only to come out wrong end of a 34-31 scoreline.
Wales v South Africa All-time record: Played: 24, Wales won 1, South Africa won 22, drawn 1.
Biggest winning margin: Wal: 10, 29-19 at Millennium Stadium, 1976; SA: 83, 96-13 at Loftus Versfeld, 1998.
Highest score: Wal: 36 (36-38) at Millennium Stadium, 2004; SA: 96 (96-13) at Loftus Versfeld, 1998.
Most tries: Wal: 3 (36-38) at Millennium Stadium, 2004 and (31-34) at Millennium Stadium, 2010; SA: 15 (96-13) at Loftus Versfeld, 1998.
Longest winning sequence: Wal: 1 (1999-00); SA: 11 (2000-present day).
Most points (individual): Wal: Stephen Jones 73; SA: Percy Montgomery 91.
Most tries (individual): Wal: 3 Shane Williams; SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen.
Most points in a Test: Wal: 21 Stephen Jones at Millennium Stadium, 2004; SA: 31 Percy Montgomery at Loftus Versfeld, 1998.
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