What the stats say: The All Blacks recent dominance over South Africa

Opta Sports breaks down the key starts ahead on Sunday's clash between the All Blacks and South Africa.

- The All Blacks have won eight of their last nine matches against South Africa.

- New Zealand's 28-point winning margin against South Africa earlier in this tournament was their joint-third biggest ever victory against the Springboks.

- Five of the six previous meetings between these sides at Kings Park have been decided by fewer than 10 points (three wins each).

- Morne Steyn scored 31 points (1T, 1C, 8P) for the Springboks the last time these two teams clashed at this venue (2009), the most ever by a player against New Zealand.

- When these sides met earlier in the tournament, the All Blacks' starting backline tallied 18 defenders beaten between them, over twice as many as South Africa's corresponding players (7).

- New Zealand have won their last 16 matches, victory here would extend that run to 17 and equal the record by a tier one nation (currently held by themselves and South Africa).

- The All Blacks have already scored 205 points and 29 tries in this tournament, both record tallies in a single Rugby Championship/Tri Nations campaign.

- Three of the four players to make the most clean breaks in this year's edition of the competition are All Blacks (Julian Savea 11, Ben Smith 10, Israel Dagg 8), the other being Argentina's Facundo Isa (8).

- South Africa have enjoyed less possession than any other side this year, a total of just 1hr 10m 24s over their five games so far (14m 5s per game).

- No player has won more turnovers than Francois Louw in the 2016 Rugby Championship (7, same as Michael Hooper and Agustin Creevy), more than twice as many as any New Zealand player (Sam Cane, Ardie Savea & Brodie Retallick have all won 3 each).

- NZ Herald

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