Waikato Stadium set for Tri-Nations debut
September 8, 2009
Morne Steyn set a new Tri-Nations scoring record in his last outing against the All Blacks © Getty Images
New Zealand get the chance for revenge against South Africa on home soil this weekend in the first Tri-Nations Test staged at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
The All Blacks have a 100% record at the ground; having defeated Italy, Argentina, Wales, Ireland and Canada, and it will also be the Springboks' first Test appearance in Waikato.
The Boks have history at the stadium's predecessor, Rugby Park, where a tour match against Waikato was abandoned amid anti-Apartheid protests in 1981. Protestors stormed on to the pitch and forced officials to end proceedings.
South Africa's victories over the All Blacks earlier this season took their all-time stats to 32 victories, with New Zealand having claimed 42 and three Tests having ended in draws.
Morne Steyn's 31 point-haul in Durban last-time out eclipsed Jannie de Beer's scoring record against the All Blacks, as well as smashing Andrew Mehrtens' Tri-Nations record of 29 points.
All-time record: New Zealand won 42, South Africa won 32, drawn 3
Biggest winning margin: SA: 17, 17-0 at Durban, 1928; NZ: 36, 52-16 at Pretoria, 2003
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: Andrew Mehrtens 209
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
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all South Africa v New Zealand matches courtesy of Statsguru
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