Ten facts: Springboks v All Blacks

Date published: October 4 2014

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Ahead of the final weekend of action, we bring you ten interesting facts and stats as the Springboks take on the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

Ahead of the final weekend of Rugby Championship action, we bring you ten interesting facts and stats as the Boks take on the All Blacks at Ellis Park.

A sell-out 62,000 Ellis Park crowd will watch the top-ranked New Zealanders and the second-ranked South Africans continue a rivalry that began 93 years ago in Dunedin.

South Africa initially held a slight advantage in the rivalry, but have been unable to consistently match New Zealand since emerging from isolation 22 years ago.

The All Blacks have won nine of the previous 10 Tests between these countries, who have each lifted the Rugby World Cup twice.

Here are ten facts courtesy of Opta Sports to keep in mind ahead of this weekend’s clash:

South Africa v New Zealand

* South Africa have scored 4+ tries in five of their last six games at Ellis Park (failing to score a single try in the other, v Lions).

* The last three games between these sides at Ellis Park have seen an average of 72 points scored per game.

* Former All Blacks star Andrew Mehrtens is the record points scorer at Ellis Park, picking up 92 points in six games at the venue.

* Despite having a winning record against New Zealand at home (W24, L20, D1), the Springboks have a negative points difference in the head to head ( – 23).

* The All Blacks have won their last two a way games against South Africa, they have only won three on the bounce twice before (2001 – 2003 & 1996).

* All Blacks captain Richie McCaw will overtake fellow legend Colin Meads by making a record 134th appearance for the All Blacks, all but one of them in Tests.

* New Zealand have the best tackling success rate in this year’s Rugby Championship, completing 89% of their attempted tackles.

* The Springboks have won a tournament high 91% of their own line-outs this year, whilst the All Blacks boast the best scrum success rate (89%).

* South Africa have conceded an average of just 9.4 penalties per game in this tournament, the All Blacks meanwhile have conceded the most (12.4 per game).

* The All Blacks have averaged the most clean breaks per game (8 .4) in the tournament so far, with South Africa ranking last (4.8) in the category.

Played: 88
South Africa wins: 34
New Zealand wins: 51
Drawn: 3
Most points: New Zealand 55-35 (Auckland, 1997)
Biggest win: New Zealand 52-16 (Pretoria, 2003)

Previous Results:

2014: New Zealand won 14-10 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2014: New Zealand won 37-28 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
2013: New Zealand won 32-16 at Eden Park, Auckand
2012: New Zealand won 32-16 at Soccer City, Johannesburg
2012: New Zealand won 21-11 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
2011: South Africa won 18-5 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
2011: New Zealand won 40-7 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 29-22 at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg
2010: New Zealand won 31-17 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
2010: New Zealand won 32-12 at Eden Park, Auckland
2009: South Africa won 32-29 at Rugby Park, Hamilton
2009: South Africa won 31-19 at Absa Stadium, Durban
2009: South Africa won 28-19 at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
2008: New Zealand won 19-0 at Newlands
2008: South Africa won 30-28 at Carisbrook, Dunedin
2008: New Zealand won 19-8 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

The teams:

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handr

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