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Uzair Cassiem and Siya Kolisi on charge for the Springboks, MyPlayers
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FACTS & STATS: Australia vs South Africa

MyPlayers takes a look at all the important stats and facts ahead of the Springboks’ Test against the Wallabies on Saturday.

Saturday’s Test match will be the Springboks’ first match at the nib Stadium, which was built in 1910 and renovated in 2004 and 2012. It is the home of the Western Force since 2010 and the seating capacity is 20 251.

South Africa’s first Test match in Perth against Australia was played in 1998 when Gary Teichmann’s team won by 14-13. The last time that South Africa were victorious in Perth was in August 2009, when the side led by John Smit won 32-25.

To date, eight Test matches were played in Perth against Australia. The Springbok record for the eight matches is: P 8; W 3; L 4; D 1. PF: 159; PA: 167; TF: 13; TA: 17; Average score: 20-21. Win%: 38%.

South Africa’s record in Australia is: P 37; W 12; L 24; D 1; PF: 601; PA: 796; TF: 72; TA: 82; Average score: 16-22. Win%: 32%.

South Africa’s overall record against Australia: P: 83; W: 46; L: 36; D: 1; PF: 1 607; PA: 1 448; TF: 188; TA: 148; Average score: 19-17. Win%: 55%.

Total number of caps:

The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 331. There are 86 caps in the backline with 245 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 178 caps.

The average caps per player in the backline are 12, the forwards 31 while the players on the bench average 22.

The average age of the starting 15 is 26.

Records and milestones:

Tendai Mtawarira will extend his record as the most-capped Springbok prop, with 93 caps in this position. He is the third most experienced Springbok forward, behind Victor Matfield and John Smit.

“Beast” will also play in his 42nd Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test – he is the fourth Springbok behind Bryan Habana (53), Jean de Villiers (50) and Victor Matfield (48) to play in 40 Tests or more in this competition.

Mtawarira will also extend his Springbok record to 32 consecutive Test matches in the Tri-Nations / Castle Lager Rugby Championship.

Eben Etzebeth, at 25 years old, will play in his 60th Test match and will become only the 25th Springbok to play in 60 or more Tests.

Handré Pollard needs 12 points to reach 200 Test points.

Should the Springboks score 35 or more points in this Test they would set a new record for most consecutive Tests with a score of 35 or more. They won their previous five Tests with scores of 37-14; 37-15; 35-12 (all against France) and 37-15 and 41-23 against Argentina.

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Subs: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Curtis Rona.

Springboks – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Beast Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane,19 Lood de Jager, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende.

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