Wallabies look to end Highveld drought
September 1, 2010
Fly-half Joel Stransky booted the Boks to victory in Bloemfontein back in 1996 © Getty Images
South Africa will look to extend their dominance over Australia on the Highveld when the two sides go head-to-head in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
The Wallabies have not tasted victory at altitude since a narrow 11-9 victory in Johannesburg way back in 1963. That win-less run includes two previous meetings in at the Free State Stadium - a 19-8 loss in 1969 and a Joel Stransky-orchestrated 25-19 reverse in 1996. The two sides also met at Springbok Park in Bloemfontein in 1933 - with the Wallabies winning that game 15-4.
However, Australia have not beaten the Springboks on their own patch since a 27-15 victory in Durban two years ago.
The two sides have met a total 70 times on the international stage with the Springboks dominating the all-time statistics with 41 victories to the Wallabies' 28. South Africa won their first meeting 17-3 in Cape Town and were also victorious in their most recent meeting with a 44-31 win in Pretoria last weekend.
All-time record: South Africa won 41, Australia won 28, 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
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