England look to turn tide against Boks
November 20, 2012
Danny Care goes over against South Africa back in June © Getty Images
England host South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday and will look to bounce back to winning ways having suffered a recent run of poor form against the visitors.
England played three Tests against South Africa while on their June tour and returned home with two losses and a draw to their name. The Boks took the first Test 22-17 in Durban, with Morne Steyn and Jean de Villiers both scoring, and then sewed up the series with a 36-27 triumph in the second Test having led at one stage 22-3. It was the third Test where England came closest to downing the Boks but it ended up locked at 14 apiece.
The lack of a win on their tour meant that England have now gone 10 games without a win against South Africa. Their last victory came back in 2006 when they prevailed 23-21 with Mark Cueto and Phil Vickery scoring. The win provided a much-needed boost to under-fire coach Andy Robinson, but his joy proved to be short lived with the Boks returning to Twickenham the following weekend and defeating a hapless England 25-14.
The last meeting at Twickenham occurred back in 2010 where Willem Alberts and Lwazi Mvovo's scores helped Peter de Villiers' men to a 22-11 triumph.
South Africa v England all-time record: Played 35, England won 12, South Africa won 21, drawn two.
Biggest winning margin: Eng: 50 points, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002 SA: 48 points, 58-10 at Free State Stadium, 2007
Highest score: Eng: 53 points, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002; SA: 58 points, 58-10 at Free State Stadium, 2007
Most tries: Eng: Seven, 53-3 at Twickenham, 2002; SA: Eight, 55-22 at Loftus Versfeld, 2007
Longest winning sequence: Eng: Seven (2000-2006); SA: Nine (2006-2012)
Most points (individual): Eng: Jonny Wilkinson 127; SA: Percy Montgomery 99
Most tries (individual): Eng: 4, Will Greenwood; SA: 6, Bryan Habana
Most points in a Test: Eng: 27, Rob Andrew at Loftus Versfeld, 1994; SA: 34, Jannie de Beer at Stade de France, 1999
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