Scotland v South Africa, Murrayfield, November 20
Scotland out to go one better
ESPNscrum Staff
November 16, 2010
Hugo Southwell of Scotland can not stop Jaque Fourie of South Africa from scoring a try during the rugby match between Scotland and South Africa at Murrayfield on November 15, 2008 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jaque Fourie dives in to score against Scotland in 2008 © Getty Images

While Scotland boast a better record against South Africa than last weekend's opponents New Zealand, their recent results against the Springboks hardly offer much encouragement ahead of Saturday's clash with the Springboks.

While Scotland have beaten the South Africans on four occasions, they have managed the feat just once, an impressive 21-6 victory in 2002, since the Boks were brought back in from the international wilderness following the end of apartheid. To put it another way, they have lost 11 of their last 12 meetings with South Africa, including seven on the bounce.

However, Scotland will take heart from their performance in their last meeting with the Boks. At Murrayfield two years ago, the Scots dominated for long periods but their lack of incision behind the scrum ultimately proved costly and they suffered an agonising 14-10 defeat.

Andy Robinson and his troops will be hoping that they do not prove as profligate this weekend.

Scotland v South Africa All-time record: Played: 20, Scotland won 4, South Africa won 16.

Biggest winning margin: Sco: 15, 21-6 at Murrayfield, 2002; SA: 58, 68-10 at Murrayfield, 1997.

Highest score: Sco: 29 (29-46) at Murrayfield, 1999; SA: 68 (68-10) at Murrayfield, 1997.

Most tries: Sco: 3 (25-29) at Kings Park, 2003; SA: 10 (22-44) at Murrayfield, 1997.

Longest winning sequence: Sco: 2 (1965-94); SA: 7 (2003-present).

Most points (individual): Sco: Chris Paterson 53; SA: Percy Montgomery 101.

Most tries (individual): Sco: 2 Simon Webster, Andy Craig and Arthur Smith; SA: 4 Joost van der Westhuizen.

Most points in a Test: Sco: 16 Kenny Logan at Murrayfield, 1999; SA: 26 Percy Montgomery at Murrayfield, 1997.

  • Click here for Scotland's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click here for South Africa's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click here for a record of all Scotland v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru

  • Click here for a record of all of Scotland's home matches against South Africa courtesy of Statsguru

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