Wales out to end long wait
June 3, 2010
Jean de Villiers broke Welsh hearts in 2008 © Getty Images
Wales will be looking to secure only their second ever victory over South Africa when the two sides meet at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.
The two sides have met a total of 23 times with South Africa having recorded 21 victories with the other clash between the two long-time rivals drawn.
Their first meeting was in 1906 when the Springboks triumphed 11-0 a St Helens and the most recent head-to-head was at Cardiff in November 2008, where a James Hook interception pass to Jean de Villiers handed the Boks a 20-15 victory.
Wales' one and only success came in 1999 when the hosts won 29-19 in the official opening of the Millennium Stadium, a game which will be commemorated this weekend. Tries from Mark Taylor and Gareth Thomas and 19 points from the boot of Neil Jenkins saw the Welshmen end a 93-year wait for a victory against the Springboks.
Wales v South Africa - Match Facts:
Played: 23; South Africa won 21; Wales won 1; 1 drawn
First Test: Wales 0-11 South Africa at St Helens, Dec 1, 1906
Latest Test: Wales 15-20 South Africa, Cardiff, 2008
Drawn match: 6-6 at National Stadium, Jan 24, 1970
South Africa's biggest winning margin: 83 points - South Africa 96-13 Wales at Loftus Versfeld, June 27 1998
Wales' biggest winning margin: 10 points - Wales 29-19 South Africa, Jun 26, 1999
South Africa's winning sequence: 10 tests - Nov 26, 2000 to present day.
* The countries have met on 23 occasions - South Africa lead the series 21-1, with one draw.
* South Africa are chasing an 11th successive victory over Wales.
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