The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website

Springboks v France: Two key stats to know before kick-off!

Both the Springboks and France will come into Saturday’s Test with favourable records that they will be determined to maintain.

The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Springboks in a huddle. Photo: SA Rugby website

The second Test on the Springboks’ Outgoing Tour against France kicks off at 22h00 (SA time) at the Stade Vélodrome this Saturday. The home team are currently second on the world rugby rankings and many pundits see them as the likely favourites for the 2023 World Cup.

The Springboks are currently fourth on the world rankings, and will be viewed as underdogs this Saturday. That is just a reflection of how much progress France have made in recent years.

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Yet, as South Africa heads into this weekend’s game, the statistics show that they are currently on a highly-impressive winning streak against the French. The last win came on the 2018 end-of-year tour, which was the Springboks’ seventh victory in a row over Les Bleus.

Meanwhile, France are on a stunning 11-match winning streak, and currently boast some highly impressive form.

The Boks had their last field training session on Wednesday before Friday’s traditional captains run, and experienced flanker Pieter Steph du Toit – who addressed the media from the team’s base in Toulon, in the south of France – said the players were raring to go against the second ranked team in the world.

“They have an extremely good record having won 11 games in a row, so it is going to be tough to match them,” said Du Toit. “They have the heaviest pack of forwards, so as a team we’ll make our plans for the weekend.”

As it is, you’d have to go all the way back to 2009 to find a France win over South Africa, which was achieved in Toulouse.

Below you can check out all the results between these two teams since the game turned professional:

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Springboks record against France:

Played 44; Won 27; Lost 11; Drawn 6; Points for: 939, Points against: 662; Tries scored 105, Tries conceded 59; Highest score 52-10; Biggest win 42 points. Win % 61%.

Milestones:

  • Jesse Kriel is the only player in the squad who has scored more than one try against France. He is currently on three tries.
  • Siya Kolisi holds the most Test caps against France in the Springbok squad, with six Tests played.
  • Eben Etzebeth is the second most capped Springbok lock with 107 Tests.
  • Makazole Mapimpi will feature off the bench for the first time in his Test career

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Miscellaneous:

  • The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 725.
  • There are 278 caps in the backline, with 447 caps amongst the forwards. On the bench there are a further 255
  • The average caps per player in the backline are 39, the forwards 55, while the players on the bench average 31.

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Teams

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Makazole Mapimpi.

France – TBC