Boks out to extend unbeaten run
June 16, 2010
Bryan Habana and Craig Gower go for a high ball in November 2009 © Getty Images
In eight meetings South Africa have never lost to Italy and Peter De Villiers' side will be looking to extend their record in Witbank on Saturday, having secured a comfortable, if unconvincing, 32-10 win over the Azzurri last November.
The two sides first met in Rome in 1995, when the Italians notched their most competitive score of 21-40 in Rome.
South Africa's most impressive victory was in Durban in 1999 when the Springboks romped to a 101-0 victory, scoring 15 tries to no reply. Winger Stefan Terblanche got five tries, while Deon Kayser got his international career off to a flying start, coming off the bench to score a hat-trick on his debut.
Italy v South Africa - Match Stats:
Played 8; Italy won 0; South Africa won 8; drawn none
First Test: Italy 21-40 South Africa, Rome, November 12, 1995
Latest Test: Italy 10-32 South Africa, Udine, November 21, 2009
South Africa's largest winning margin: 101 points - South Africa 101-0 Italy, Durban, June 19, 1999
South Africa winning sequence: Seven Tests, November 12, 1995 to present
Click Here for Italy's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru.
Click Here for South Africa's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full record of all Italy v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru
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