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For the record

Thu, 06 Sep 2012 14:12
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We take a look at some of the stats and facts regarding the Test match in Perth on Saturday.

* Saturday's Test will be the 75th international between South Africa and Australia. The Springboks have won 41, lost 32 and one ended in a draw.

* South Africa and Australia last met in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinal which was won by Australia 11-9.

* The Springboks have lost their last four Tests against Australia with their last win in August 2010 in Pretoria. Only once before (1999-2000) have South Africa lost four consecutive Tests against the Wallabies.

* The two teams have played 36 Tests against each other in the competition. South Africa have won 17 and lost 18 with one match drawn. Points for: 777; Points against: 839; Tries for: 72; Tries against: 84; Average score: 22-23.

* The Springboks have played six Test matches against Australia at this venue. They have won three, lost two with a drawn match in 2001. Their last win in Australia was in August 2009 in Perth.

* With 39 Test caps, Morné Steyn is the most capped Springbok flyhalf. He has also scored the most career tries in Tests as a flyhalf - 7.

* Steyn is also the Springbok record holder for the most career points in this tournament - 221; the most career penalty goals by a Springbok in the tournament - 54; and the most career drop goals against Australia - 3.

* Steyn will play in his 28th consecutive and 40th overall Test. He needs 25 points to reach 500 test points for South Africa.

* Steyn needs two points to become only the second Springbok to score 100 points in Tests against Australia, after Percy Montgomery (with a total of 140 points against the Wallabies).

* Steyn needs three conversions to equal Percy Montgomery’s record of 13 career conversions against Australia and one drop goal to become the sole record holder for most career drop goals in the tournament. Currently he shares the record of four career drop goals with André Pretorius.

* Bryan Habana, the most capped Springbok wing with 78 Test caps in this position, is the record holder for the most tries in Tests by a Springbok - 41. He will play his 80th Test and is the most experienced member of the squad.

* Habana needs one try to equal Jaque Fourie’s career record of nine tries in the tournament and two tries - something he's achieved twice before in Perth - to equal Breyton Paulse’s career record of seven tries against Australia.

* Jean de Villiers, with 62 Test appearances in the midfield, is the most capped Springbok centre.

* Frans Steyn needs one drop goal to equal Morné Steyn's career record of three drop goals against Australia.

* The referee is Nigel Owens of Wales - he has refereed in seven Tests involving South Africa, with the Springboks winning five of those and losing two.

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