All Blacks and Springboks renew fierce rivalry
September 10, 2012
Springbok scrum-half Ricky Januarie is congratulated after sealing victory for his side on their last visit to Dunedin in 2008 © Getty Images
New Zealand will renew their rivalry with old foes South Africa at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday night.
These two sides have met on 83 previous occasions dating back to the All Blacks' 13-5 victory in their first Test clash in Dunedin in 1921. New Zealand hold the all-time advantage with 46 victories but the Springboks won their most recent encounter with an 18-5 triumph on the eve of last year's Rugby World Cup that brought an end to four successive defeats.
However, perhaps their most famous clash came in the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup where hosts South Africa claimed a 15-12 success at Ellis Park and with it the sport's biggest prize for the first time.
This weekend's game will be South Africa's first visit to the Forsyth Barr Stadium with all their previous visits to the city centring on Carisbrook where they won on their most recent visit but lost on the seven occasions that preceded that memorable victory.
All-time record: New Zealand 46, South Africa won 34, drawn 3
Biggest winning margin: NZ: 36, 52-16 at Pretoria, 2003, SA: 17, 17-0 at Durban, 1928;
Highest score: SA: 46 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000; NZ: 55 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997
Most tries: SA: 6 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000 ; NZ: 7 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997
Longest winning sequence: SA: 6 (1937-1949); NZ: 7 (2001-2004)
Most points (individual): SA: Percy Montgomery 106; NZ: Dan Carter 231
Most tries (individual): SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen; NZ: 10 Christian Cullen
Most points in a Test: SA: 31 Morne Steyn at Durban, 2009, NZ: 25 Carlos Spencer at Auckland, 1997
New Zealand v South Africa:
Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all New Zealand v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru
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