Wallabies eye Sydney repeat
July 18, 2011
Australia's Mat Rogers celebrates his side's victory over South Africa in Sydney in 2006 © Getty Images
Australian entertain South Africa at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney this weekend looking to extend their recent dominance over their Tri-Nations rivals.
The Wallabies have won three out of the last four meetings between the sides with their most recent success an historic 49-31 victory in Bloemfontein last year. Australia have also won all four previous games at Saturday's venue with a late try from Mat Rogers and cool conversion from Stirling Mortlock just enough to claim a narrow 20-18 win in 2006.
However, the Springboks hold the historical advantage over the Wallabies with 41 Test victories to their rivals' 29 since their first meeting in Sydney in 1921 - won 25-10 by the visitors. The Boks' record in Sydney as a whole is a little more favourable with six wins out of 13 matches but the last of those wins was a 19-12 success at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1993.
Australia are the current holders of the Nelson Mandela Plate - named after South Africa's former president who turned 93 this week - thanks to their two victories in their three Tri-Nations clashes last year.
All-time record: South Africa won 41, Australia won 29, drawn 1
Biggest winning margin: SA: 45, 53-8 at Johannesburg, 2008; Aus: 49, 49-0 at Brisbane, 2006
Highest score: SA: 61 (61-22) at Pretoria, 1997; Aus: 49 (49-0) at Brisbane, 2006
Most tries: SA: 8 (53-8) at Johannesburg, 2008, (61-22) at Pretoria,1997, (28-3) at Johannesburg, 1961; Aus: 6 (49-0) at Brisbane, 2006
Longest winning sequence: SA: 7 (1953-1963) and (1969-1971); Aus: 4 (1999-2000)
Most points (individual): SA: Percy Montgomery 140; Aus: Stirling Mortlock 150
Most tries (individual): SA: Breyton Paulse 7; Aus: Matt Giteau 9
Most points in a Test: SA: 26 Jannie de Beer at Pretoria, 1997; Aus: 29 Stirling Mortlock at Melbourne, 2000
Click Here for Australia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all Australia v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for the Australia v South Africa record at the ANZ Stadium courtesy of Statsguru
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