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Boks by numbers
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:33
De Villiers, Hougaard & Du Plessis have started in all Bok Tests in 2012
We take a look at the stats and facts ahead of South Africa's Test against Scotland on Saturday.
Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with his 68th Test in that position for South Africa.
Gurthrö Steenkamp, who is back in the team, holds the record for the most Test tries by a Springbok prop, with six.
Replacement flyhalf Morné Steyn is not only the most capped Springbok No.10 ever, with 40 Tests at pivot, but also holds the record for the most career tries in Tests as a flyhalf, with seven.
Morné needs 14 points to reach 500 career points in Tests for the Springboks.
CJ van der Linde, who started last week as a late replacement for Tendai Mtawarira, will earn his 75th Springbok cap if he gets game time, which would make him the 10th Springbok to play in 75 Tests. CJ is also the most capped Springbok against Scotland in the squad, with five Tests against them.
Should CJ be used as a substitute, he will join Ruan Pienaar on 35 Tests as a substitute, the second most by a Springbok.
In the starting line-up, only Ruan Pienaar (three penalty goals) and Willem Alberts (one try) have scored points against Scotland in previous Tests. Morné Steyn kicked four penalty goals in the last Test against Scotland in 2010.
Only Jean de Villiers, Francois Hougaard and Jannie du Plessis will have started in all Springbok Test matches in 2012.
George Clancy of Ireland is the referee. In the six Tests he’s refereed in involving South Africa, the Springboks have won four and lost two.
Springbok Test match records at Murrayfield against Scotland:
* Most points - 26 by Percy Montgomery (two tries, eight conversions) in 1997.
* Most tries - two each by six players - Chris Koch, Joost van der Westhuizen, Percy Montgomery, James Small, André Vos and Bryan Habana.
* Most conversions - eight by Percy Montgomery in 1997.
* Most penalty goals - four by Morné Steyn in 2010.
* Most drop-goals - three by Jaco van der Westhuyzen in 2004.
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