Boks vs Aus – handbook

The Springboks first match in a RWC tournament was against Australia in the opening match of the 1995 tournament. Played at Newlands the Springboks won 27-18.

Four years later, the two sides met at Twickenham in the semi final of the 1999 RWC tournament. Australia triumphed after extra time, 27-21.

Today these two teams, the only two to have won the Cup twice, will meet for a third time in RWC history, this time for a place in the Semi-final.

The oldest player is Victor Matfield (34 Years)
The youngest player is Pat Lambie (20 Years)
The heaviest player is CJ van der Linde (123 kg)
The lightest player is Geo Aplon (78 kg)
The tallest player is Victor Matfield (2.01 m)
The shortest player is Geo Aplon (1.75 m)
The average weight of the forwards is 115 kg
The average weight of the backs is 93 kg

TEAM MILESTONES AND RECORDS

The starting lineup has 836 combined caps. This is the most experienced Springbok side of all time, with 21 more caps than the team that played against Wales in South Africa’s opening game in this tournament.

The first test that was played by South Africa on a Sunday was against Italy in Rome on 12 November 1995. Since then the Springboks have played in 13 tests on a Sunday. They have won them all.

PLAYERS’ MILESTONES & RECORDS

John Smit will captain the Springboks for a world record 83rd time, in his 111th Test and 17th RWC match, both Springbok records. All 17 tests have been consecutive, placing him alongside Brian Lima of Samoa and one match behind record holder Martin Johnson of England who played in 18 consecutive RWC Matches. Smit is the only captain in RWC history to have captained his team in three RWC tournaments.

Victor Matfield will play in his 110th test for the Springboks. He is the most capped lock forward in Rugby Union and has scored 7 test tries in his Springbok career.

Bryan Habana extended his Springbok career try-scoring record in tests for South Africa to 40 tries in 73 tests against Samoa. His 10 RWC tries are also a Springbok record.

Jaque Fourie is the most capped Springbok centre (57) and leading centre try scorer (28). Fourie and Jean de Villiers will extend their Springbok record as a centre pairing to 26 tests on Sunday.

Morne Steyn passed the 400-points mark in Springbok rugby during the test against Samoa. He is currently the top point scorer in this tournament with 53 points. He will also play in his 22nd consecutive test match.

Schalk Burger is South Africa’s most capped flank forward with 65 tests and shares the Springbok try-scoring record for a flank with Juan Smith with 11 tries each.

Gurthrö Steenkamp is South Africa’s top try scorer as a prop in tests with 6 tries. Three of his six tries were scored against Australia.

Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis will play together as brothers in their 20th test should Bismarck be used from the bench.

Butch James is South Africa’s most capped flyhalf with 37 tests. Butch played in 6 tests in RWC 2007, but only once as a substitute against Wales in this tournament.

Francois Hougaard is South Africa’s top try scorer in this tournament together with Frans Steyn with 3 tries each.

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

24/07/2010 – Australia won 30-13 in Brisbane.
28/08/2010 – South Africa won 44-31 in Pretoria.
04/09/2010 – Australia won 41-39 in Bloemfontein.
23/07/2011 – Australia won 39-20 in Sydney.
13/08/2011 – Australia won 14-9 in Durban.

THE COACHES

Peter de Villiers made his International Coaching debut in June 2008 against Wales in Bloemfontein. His match record is as follows: 47 test matches of which 30 were won with 17 losses for a win percentage of 63.8%.

Robbie Deans is a former All Black who played in five test matches for New Zealand. Under his guidance the Crusaders played in seven Super Rugby Finals of which his team won five. He was appointed as Head Coach of the Australian Wallabies in 2008. He made his International Coaching debut in June 2008 against Ireland in Melbourne. His match record since then is: 52 test matches of which 30 were won, 21 lost with one drawn for a win percentage of 57.7%.

WELLINGTON REGIONAL STADIUM

South Africa have played seven Tests at the venue: Five were lost – all against the All Blacks – while two have been won during this tournament, against Wales and Fiji.

THE REFEREE

Bryce Lawrence of New Zealand made his Test debut in 2008 in a Tri-Nations test between Australia and South Africa. The test was played in Perth and was won by Australia 16-9.

Sunday’s match will be his 20th Test appearance and his seventh involving the Springboks. Of the previous six tests South Africa won 4 and lost two. Both losses were against Australia, the most recent, earlier this year in Durban when the Springboks lost 14-9.

South Africa v Australia, Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington – 07:00

South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Willem Alberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Francois Hougaard, 21 Butch James, 22 Gio Aplon

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Nathan Sharpe, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Anthony Fainga’a

And then after that, to complete what should be a Four Nations cracker, the Kiwis vs the Argies …

New Zealand v Argentina, Eden Park, Auckland – 09:30

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sonny Bill Williams, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Piri Weepu, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Ali Williams, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Isaia Toeava

Argentina: 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Santiago Fernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero
Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Marcos Ayerza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 22 Juan Imhoff

My predictions …

South Africa v Australia: South Africa by 3
New Zealand v Argentina: New Zealand by 19

Use these for your SuperBru picks at your own peril though … I got yesterday spectacularly wrong!

Today’s Front Row Grunt kit to shock and amaze the press box:

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One Response to “Boks vs Aus – handbook”

  1. Peter L'Estrange Says:

    I wonder what the IRB referee panel will say wen they review Bryce Lawrence’s myopic rules interpretations in todays match. Not the first time he has managed not to see crucial misdeanours and noticed those that do favour one side. Also maybe time for them to enforce the scrum put-in law.

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