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Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:51
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rugby365 takes a statistical look at the South Africa versus Scotland Test!

South Africa and Scotland have played each other 22 times since 1906, with the Springboks winning 17 Tests and losing five times.

The Springboks have scored 539 points and 68 tries and conceded 247 points and 25 tries for an average score of 25-11.

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* South Africa and Scotland last met on 17 November 2012 in Edinburgh. The Springboks won 21-10.
* Jean de Villiers will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok centre, with 70 Tests in this position.
* Bryan Habana will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok wing, with 83 Tests in this position.
* Morné Steyn will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok flyhalf, with 42 Tests in this position.
* Pierre Spies will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok No. 8, with 46 Tests in this position.
* If Siya Kolisi and Piet van Zyl take the field, they will make their Tests debuts for South Africa.
* If he scores a try, Bryan Habana will extend his record of 48 Test tries for South Africa. He will then also equal Joost van der Westhuizen's career record of four tries against Scotland. This will also elevate him to 245 career points for South Africa and fourth on the all-time point scorers list for the Springboks.
* If he scores a try, Morné Steyn will extend his record of seven Test tries as a flyhalf for South Africa.
* If he scores a try, Pierre Spies will extend his record of seven Test tries as a No. 8 for South Africa.
* Bismarck du Plessis needs a try to become the sole record holder of career tries by a Springbok hooker in Tests. He shares this record of six with John Smit. He is back in the match-23 after injuring his knee against Argentina on 18 August 2012 at Newlands.
* There is eight former pupils from Grey College in Bloemfontein in the match-23 - Ruan Pienaar, Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Bismarck du Plessis, Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Piet van Zyl and Jan Serfontein.
* The referee is Romain Poite of France. It will be his second Test involving South Africa. He was the man in the middle when the Springboks beat Fiji 49-3 on 17 September 2011 in Wellington at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
* It will be the first ever Test to be played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, which was built for the FIFA Soccer World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

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