South Africa v New Zealand, Tri-Nations, July 25
Springboks out to break duck
July 23, 2009
South Africa scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen hands off his opposite number Byron Kelleher, New Zealand v South Africa, Tri Nations, Eden Park, August 25 2001.
Joost van der Westhuizen is the Springboks' leading try-scorer against the All Blacks © Getty Images

South Africa host the All Blacks at Free State Stadium on Saturday, kicking off their Tri- Nations campaign and looking to break their duck against the All Blacks in Bloemfontein.

In their two previous meetings at the ground, the last coming in 1976, the Springboks have registered a loss and a draw against their fierce Kiwi rivals.

Last season the Boks broke their Carisbrook hoodoo thanks to Ricky Januarie's individual try but lost out 2-1 over their three Tri-Nations matches - incuding being nilled at Newlands in Cape Town.

Ahead of the eagerly-awaited showdown we look back at the previous clashes between these two giants of the international game.

All-time record: New Zealand won 42, South Africa won 30, drawn 3

Biggest winning margin: SA: 17, 17-0 at Durban, 1928; NZ: 36, 52-16 at Pretoria, 2003

Highest score: SA: 46 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000; NZ: 55 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997

Most tries: SA: 6 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000; NZ: 7 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997

Longest winning sequence: SA: 6 (1937-1949); NZ: 7 (2001-2004)

Most points (individual) : SA: Percy Montgomery 106; NZ: Andrew Mehrtens 209

Most tries (individual) : SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen; NZ: 10 Christian Cullen

Most points in a Test: SA: 22 Jannie de Beer at Johannesburg 1997; NZ: 25 Carlos Spencer at Auckland, 1997

Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

Click Here for a record of all South Africa v New Zealand matches courtesy of Statsguru

Click Here for the South Africa v New Zealand record at Free State Stadium courtesy of Statsguru


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