Handre Pollard

South Africa’s Handre Pollard. Photo: David Davies / PA via Backpagepix

How many points has Handre Pollard scored for the Springboks

Handre Pollard wrote his name large across Springbok legend on Saturday night scoring all of South Africa’s points in a tense RWC final.

Handre Pollard

South Africa’s Handre Pollard. Photo: David Davies / PA via Backpagepix

Star flyhalf Handre Pollard made his return to the Springboks Rugby World Cup squad as an injury replacement and ended up being a critical player.

Pollard would add to his impressive Rugby World Cup tally, tying up with Michael Lynagh on 195 points in third on the all-time points list.

During the final, Pollard also passed Dan Carter and only two men, Jonny Wilkinson and Gavin Hastings, have more Rugby World Cup points.

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Handre Pollard out to cut into the lead

Likewise, there are just two players who have scored more points for the Springboks in all Tests than Handre Pollard.

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All-time points leader Percy Montgomery, who bagged 893 points across his career remains atop the list for now.

Morne Steyn added to his impressive tally as recently as last season’s Lions Tour to South Africa but he ended his career with 742 points and in second place on the all time scorers list.

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Pollard finds himself third on the Springboks top scorers of all time list with his total of 698 points in Test rugby.

Where does Handre Pollard rank in the Springboks top ten scorers

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Springboks Handre Pollard
South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup hero Joel Stransky is excited to see Springbok pivot Handre Pollard. Photo: Mike Hewitt/AFP
1Percy Montgomery1997–20088931022515314868.75
2Morné Steyn2009–20217426881021561010.91
3Handré Pollard2014–69869796152510.12
4Bryan Habana2004–2016335124670002.7
5Elton Jantjies2012–331462666217.2
6Naas Botha1980–199231228250501811.14
7Joel Stransky1993-19962402263047310.91
8Braam van Straaten1999–20012212122355010.52
9Joost van der Westhuizen1993-200319089380002.13
10Jannie de Beer1997-19991811323327815.08

Pollard moved into third some time ago when he moved beyond a man who rather incredibly didn’t slot a single goal kick in his career.

That’s because Bryan Habana has the fourth most Springbok points purely from scoring his 67 tries and is one of two players without any kicked points in the top ten.

The Jantjies issue

Elton Jantjies is the only other current player on the list but unlike Pollard he cannot feature at the Rugby World Cup as he is currently suspended over a doping positive.

Jantjies moved ahead of Naas Botha and into fifth on the list last season even as controversy raged over his conduct.

Seventh placed Joel Stransky played just 22 Tests for South Africa for his 240 but sports one of the highest points per game averages of anyone on the list.

Sandwiched between Braam van Straaten and Jannie De Beer is Joost van der Westhuizen, the other player without any kiced points who cracks the top ten.

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