Victor Matfield

Victor Matfield Photo: Gallo Images.

Springboks in numbers: Top try scorer to biggest defeats

The Springboks have had their share of ups and downs. Here’s a breakdown of their records, who holds them and who may break them.

Victor Matfield

Victor Matfield Photo: Gallo Images.

The Springboks have had their share of ups and downs. Here’s a breakdown of their records, who holds them and who may break them.

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Most capped

With 127 caps now retired Victor Matfield is the most capped Springbok via 121 starts and six appearances off the bench. The nearest contender is current lock Eben Etzebeth who currently has 110 caps and remains fit and fierce.

Looking at the most appearances in a World Cup, Schalk Burger is the only South African to make the international top 10. He comes in fourth having played 20 games.

John Smit has played the most games as captain with 83. Second on that list is Siya Kolisi with 44. Coming in fifth is South Africa’s other World Cup-winning captain, Francois Pienaar, with 29.

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Most points

When it comes to scoring tries for South Africa, Brian Habana tops the list with 67 career tries.

He also holds the record for most tries – 15 – in World Cups, a record he shares with the great All Black Jonah Lomu.

Of the current crop, Makazole Mapimpi is best placed to usurp him in the distant future. Mapimpi currently has 22 tries, the eighth most tries for South Africa.

When it comes to most points overall, Percy Montgomery sits atop the pile with his 25 tries, 153 conversions, 148 penalties and six dropped goals giving him 893 points in his 102 Tests.

Handre Pollard, should he be fit and in form, may overtake Monty as he currently sits on 665 points from 65 matches. Pollard does have the most points for South Africa at World Cups with 162.

Pollard may challenge Montgomery’s record of most points in a World Cup match.

Montgomery holds the record, scoring 35 against Namibia in 2007. Jannie de Beer comes second having scored 34 against England in 1999. Pollard, along with Morne Steyn and Montgomery himself are all tied for third with 31.

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The springboks team Records

In Word Cup terms, South Africa (1995, 2007, 2019) and New Zealand (1987, 2011, 2015) share the record for most World Cups won with three.

In terms of records for Tests, the Springboks’ highest score and largest winning margin was their 134-3 victory over Uruguay in East London in 2005. That was also the game in which Tonderai Chavhanga scored the most tries in a match for South Africa, crossing the line six times.

During their ‘rebuilding’ phase the Springboks suffered their biggest defeat, losing 57-0 to New Zealand in Albany in 2017.