Match facts: Scotland v South Africa

 Nov 16,2012
Written by: Editor

We take a closer look at some of the statistics ahead of Saturday's Test between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield.


• Saturday’s clash is the 22nd Test match between the sides. The Springboks have dominated in terms of victories, having won on 16 occasions compared to Scotland’s five.

• The Springboks have amassed 518 points in matches against Scotland compared to the hosts’ 237.

• Their last meeting was at Murrayfield in 2010, when the home side defeated South Africa 21-17. That was the last time a Northern Hemisphere side beat South Africa. Prior to that victory in 2010, Scotland’s last win over the Springboks was in 2002, when they won 21-6 at Murrayfield.

• It will be Scotland’s fifth win against South Africa at Murrayfield if they come out on top on Saturday.

• South Africa’s record margin of victory in a Test against Scotland came in 1997 when they won 68-10 at Murrayfield. The game also marked the Springboks’ record score against Scotland.

• Between 2002 and 2010 Scotland went on their longest losing streak of seven matches to the Springboks.

• The first ever Test between the sides was played in November 1906 and saw Scotland come out victors 6-0 in Glasgow.

• Percy Montgomery scored the most points in a match for South Africa against Scotland in 1997 with a total of 26 in the 68-10 record win.

• Dan Parks scored the most points in a match for Scotland against South Africa with a total of 21 in the 21-17 win at Murrayfield in 2010.

• South Africa have a  marginal edge on Scotland in terms of pack weight, with their forwards coming in at an average 116kgn per man, compared to the hosts’ 115kg per man.


• South Africa replacement prop CJ Van der Linde will win his 75th cap if he comes off the bench to face Scotland. The 32-year-old made his debut in a 21-6 loss to Scotland almost exactly 10 years to the day. It will be Van der Linde’s 39th appearance on the replacements bench, matching the 39 times he has started Tests for the Springboks. He has come off the bench on 35 of those occasions.

• A try for JP Pietersen against Scotland would see the wing overtake Chester Williams’s 14 tries for South Africa. Bryan Habana remains his country’s most prolific try scorer with 47.

• Replacement Morné Steyn requires 14 more points in order to break the 500 barrier in Test matches for South Africa.

• Springbok captain Jean de Villiers wins his 83rd cap for his country on Saturday. He equals Bryan Habana’s number of Test caps, thereby becoming the joint fourth most-capped Springbok of all time.

Ross Ford makes his 52nd Test start in what will be his 63rd cap for Scotland, thereby surpassing Colin Deans’ 62 appearances for Scotland to become his country’s second most-capped hooker of all time.


• Three consecutive victories against Australia, Fiji and Samoa in June saw Scotland put a disappointing Six Nations behind them and gave them their first 100% tour record since consigning Argentina to a tour defeat in 2010. Scotland will be looking for a win having beaten three of their last five opponents, even if the manner of their 51-22 loss to the All Blacks was a disappointment.

• Scotland’s opening 9-6 win over Australia in Newcastle in June was their first victory over a Tri-Nations team since their 21-17 victory over South Africa at Murrayfield in 2010.

• Two victories over a touring England side in June saw South Africa find form in the early part of the season, but their form in the Rugby Championship was inconsistent, with the win against the Wallabies in Pretoria only their second following a 27-6 victory over Argentina at the end of August.

• Last weekend’s 16-12 win over Ireland means that South Africa have won two of their last six Tests.

• Both sides have struggled to score points in recent games, with neither Scotland nor South Africa topping a cumulative total of 100 points in their last five games.

• Both sides have scored precisely the same number of tries in their last five games: nine.


• Both line ups have a similar number  of caps, with Scotland fielding marginally more with 480 caps, compared to South Africa’s 416.

• There are no new caps in either side. Just three players in the South Africa team have less than 10 caps compared to five in the Scotland side.

• While Scotland have only four players in their side with over 50 caps - Sean Lamont, Mike Blair, Kelly Brown & Ross Ford – South Africa’s relatively youthful set up can be gauged from the fact that there are just two players with in excess of 50 Test caps: Ruan Pienaar and Jean de Villiers.

• Both sides have four players under the age of 25 in their starting XV’s. They also have a similar average age of 27 years old.


• Ireland’s George Clancy makes his 27th appearance as an international referee when he officiates on Saturday. Clancy made his debut in 2006, when he refereed Uruguay versus USA.

With thanks to the IRB


Tags: Springboks |  South Africa | 

From The Sideline