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The Stats Don't Lie: Springboks v All Blacks preview

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The Springboks last lost at home to the All Blacks in 2010, at the same venue in Soweto this weekend's match will be played at. Photo / Getty Images
The Springboks last lost at home to the All Blacks in 2010, at the same venue in Soweto this weekend's match will be played at. Photo / Getty Images

The All Blacks have played the Springboks in 84 Tests since 1921 with 47 victories to the All Blacks, 34 to South Africa, and three draws. The All Blacks currently have a 55.95 percent winning record over the Springboks, which is the lowest winning percentage they have against all rugby nations.

The Springboks last lost at home to the All Blacks in 2010, at the same venue in Soweto this weekend's match will be played at. In the most recent clash played in South Africa between these two sides, the Springboks won 18-5 in Port Elizabeth last year.

The All Blacks are currently on a 15 match un-beaten run, with their most recent loss having come against Australia in last year's Tri-Nations competition.

If the All Blacks can win this game it will give Richie McCaw his 100th test victory ,and make him the first player to ever achieve this feat.

McCaw is also captaining his 75th test match, becoming just one of three players to have done so (John Smit and Brian O'Driscoll have both captained 83 tests for South Africa and Ireland respectively).

The All Blacks have 707 tests caps when it comes to fielding an experienced side this weekend, while the Springboks have just 430 caps. The Springboks have five players in their match squad who are 21 years old or younger (Johan Goosen, Eben Etzebeth, Marcell Coetzee, Patrick Lambie and Jaco Taute), compared with just one player for the All Blacks (Brodie Retallick).

Bryan Habana scored a hat trick of tries against Australia last weekend, and needs just one more try to equal Christian Cullen's record of seven tries (set in 2000) in one Rugby Championship season.

Cory Jane has scored 5 tries to date in this year's Rugby Championship, and is just one behind Bryan Habana as top try scorer for the compeition this season.

So far in the Rugby Championship the All Blacks have scored a total of 145 points and have conceded 50. They have scored 14 tries, and conceded just 5. The Springboks have scored 104 points and conceded 77, with 11 tries for and 6 against.

Referee Alain Rolland (Ireland) has referred the All Blacks 13 times, with the All Blacks winning 11 of those matches. He has officiated in five games between the All Blacks and Springboks, with the All Blacks losing just one of those tests (2009 in South Africa).

Tracey Nelson

Stats guru Tracey Nelson crunches the numbers

Tracey Nelson is a rugby statistician who looks closely at the numbers of every Super 15 and All Blacks test to give a concise answer to which players and teams are leading the way on the field.

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