STATS & FACTS: Scotland vs South Africa

STATS & FACTS: Scotland vs South Africa

A look at 20 Scotland vs South Africa Stats and Facts ahead of Saturday’s third Test in Edinburgh.


1. This will be the 27th meeting between Scotland and South Africa.

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2. The Springboks have won 21 of the previous encounters against Scotland.


3. This clash will see Embrose Papier earn his first starting cap for the Springboks.

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4. Since the start of 2017, Scotland have lost only one of their nine Tests at BT Murrayfield, which was last year against New Zealand.

5. Springbok’s Pieter-Steph du Toit has made more tackles (147) than any other Tier 1 player in 2018, he’s also played more minutes than any other player (865).

6. Flyhalf Handré Pollard will become the second most-capped Springbok No 10 when he makes his 38th Test appearance on Saturday.

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7. South Africa and Scotland have played each other 16 times at BT Murrayfield.

8. The Springboks have won 12 of the 16 Tests for a win percentage of 75%.

9. South Africa’s first Test against Scotland at BT Murrayfield took place on 6 January 1932, when Bennie Osler’s Springboks beat Scotland 6-3 in front of 74 000 spectators.

10. South Africa’s biggest win against Scotland (58 points) was on 6 December 1997 at BT Murrayfield when the Springboks ran in 10 tries with the final score 68-10.

11. Scotland last faced the Springboks in the Pool rounds of Rugby World Cup 2015, losing 36-14 at St James’ Park in Newcastle.

12. Gordon Reid is set for his first involvement in the autumn campaign as the starting loosehead for Scotland.

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13. The Springboks’ biggest loss against Scotland was on 16 November 2002 at BT Murrayfield when the visitors lost by 6-21.

14. The top Springbok scorers at BT Murrayfield are: Percy Montgomery (59 points); Joost van der Westhuizen (4 tries); and Jaco van der Westhuyzen (3 drop goals). 

15. The total Test caps for the Springbok starting line-up is 430.

16. Scotland’s last win against South Africa was in November 2010, Dan Parks kicking his team to a 21-17 win.

17. Scotland have scored 37 tries in 2018 so far, New Zealand (68) are the only Tier 1 nation to score more.

18. The referee for this match is Romain Poite of France, who is handling his 60th Test as a referee.

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19. Greig Laidlaw is the only player in the current squad to have been involved in Scotland’s last win against South Africa (November 2010).

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20. Only David Pocock (25) has won more turnovers than South Africa’s Malcolm Marx (12) in 2018.

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