RWC stats and facts: South Africa vs Wales

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All the stats and facts for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final showdown between the Springboks and Wales in Yokohama.


Wales and South Africa have played 35 Test matches since 1906 of which 21 were played in Wales, 10 in South Africa and 4 on neutral ground. Of the 35 Tests South Africa have won 28, lost 6 with one Test drawn for a win percentage of 80%. 

Two of those Tests were played at Rugby World Cups: In 2011 South Africa won the Pool match in Wellington by the narrowest of margins by 17-16; in 2015 Wales and South Africa met in the quarter-final match at Twickenham for another close encounter, won by the Springboks, 23-19.

Wales have competed in all RWC tournaments since 1987. To date the Welsh record is as follows: Played 42; Won 26; Lost 16; Points for 1 205; Points against 806; Win % 62.

South Africa’s first RWC tournament was in 1995 and the Springbok record to date is as follows: Played 41; Won 35; Lost 6; Points for 1 461; Points against 515; Win % 85.


·       Most points – 96

·       Most tries – 15

·       Most conversions – 9

·       Most penalty goals – 5 (On 4 occasions)

·       Most drop goals – 1 (On three occasions) 


·       Most points – 31 – Percy Montgomery.

·       Most tries – 3 – Joost van der Westhuizen and Pieter Rossouw.

·       Most conversions – 9 – Percy Montgomery.

·       Most penalty goals – 5 – Butch James, Morné Steyn and Handré Pollard.

·       Most drop goals – 1 – Hansie Brewis, Lionel Wilson and Handré Pollard.


·       The total test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 677. 

·       There are 213 caps in the backline with 464 caps among the forwards. On the bench there are a further 301 caps.

·       The average caps per player in the backline is 30, the forwards 58 while the players on the bench average 38.

·       The average age of the starting fifteen is 28.


·       Handré Pollard needs two tries to equal the career record of eight tries as a flyhalf held by Morné Steyn. He also needs three penalty goals to equal Percy Montgomery’s 10 career penalty goals against Wales. Furthermore, he needs one drop goal to become the sole record holder for most career drop goals against Wales. Currently, he shares the record with Hansie Brewis and Lionel Wilson.


The referee is Jérôme Garcès of France. This will be his 15th Test match as a referee with South Africa involved and his 57th Test match in his career.

The Assistant referees are Wayne Barnes of England and Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand while

Ben Skeen, also from New Zealand, will be the TMO.


South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn.

Wales: 15 Leigh Halfpenny. 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies 12, Hadleigh Parkes, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Aaron Wainwright, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Jake Ball, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Wyn Jones.
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Owen Watkin.

Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama City, capacity 72 000
Kick-off: 11.00 SA time
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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