A rivalry in numbers: All Blacks vs South Africa

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Check out the key numbers from the New Zealand-South Africa rivalry as the All Blacks seek revenge for their loss to South Africa on the same ground last year.


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97: The All Blacks and South Africa have met 97 times in Test matches with the All Blacks winning 58 matches, South Africa winning 36 matches and three matches being drawn.

57: The All Blacks highest score and winning margin against South Africa was achieved in the 57-0 victory at Albany in 2017.

94: Beauden Barrett has scored more points against South Africa than any other current All Black with 94 points. Dan Carter has scored the most of all-time with 255 points against South Africa.

10: Christian Cullen leads the all-time All Blacks try-scoring against South Africa with 10 tries. Of current All Blacks, Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith have scored the most with five tries against South Africa. Bryan Habana sits atop the all-time list for South Africa with eight tries against New Zealand.

2: Since South Africa suffered a record 57-0 loss to the All Blacks in 2017, the following three Tests have been decided by a margin of two points or less.

4: The All Blacks and South Africa have met four times at the Rugby World Cup (1995, 1999, 2003 and 2015) with both sides recording two wins each.

139: Morne Steyn has scored the most points by a South African player against the All Blacks with 139 points. Of current players, Handre Pollard leads the point scoring with 77 points against the All Blacks.

5: The All Blacks and South Africa have won five Rugby World Cup titles between them out of the eight Rugby World Cup tournaments played since 1987 (All Blacks won in 1987, 2011, 2015, South Africa won in 1995, 2007).

11: A remarkable 11 tries were scored in South Africa’s 34-36 victory over the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium in 2018. The All Black scored six tries (Rieko Ioane 2, Jordie Barrett, Aaron Smith, Codie Taylor and Ardie Savea) to South Africa’s five tries (Aphiwe Dyanti 2, Willie Le Roux, Malcolm Marx, Cheslin Kolbe). The boot of Handre Pollard proved the difference in the match with four conversions and a penalty compared to just two conversions by the All Blacks.

68: It took the All Blacks 68-years to secure their first series win on South African soil. The All Blacks failed to beat South Africa away from home in 1928, 1949, 1960, 1970 and 1976 before finally beating South Africa 2-1 in 1996.

34,182: This was the attendance when the All Blacks and South Africa met at Westpac Stadium in 2018.

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