South Africa v Italy, East London, June 26
Springboks out to seal series
June 24, 2010
South Africa's Morne Steyn is felled by the Italy defence, South Africa v Italy, Puma Stadium, Witbank, South Africa, June 19, 2010
Morne Steyn scored one of four Springbok tries last weekend © Getty Images

Last weekend saw Italy show bags of grit and determination in their first Test defeat to South Africa, although they were unable to stop their hosts tacking up a 29-13 victory in Witbank.

The Springboks scored four tries, to wing Bryan Habana, fly-half Morne Steyn, flanker Francois Louw and fullback Zane Kirchner to extend their unbeaten run against the Azzurri to nine games.

The two sides first met in Rome in 1995, when the Italians notched their most competitive score of 21-40 in Rome.

South Africa's most impressive victory was in Durban in 1999 when the Springboks romped to a 101-0 victory, scoring 15 tries to no reply. Winger Stefan Terblanche got five tries, while Deon Kayser got his international career off to a flying start, coming off the bench to score a hat-trick on his debut.

Italy v South Africa - Match Stats:

Played 9; Italy won 0; South Africa won 9; drawn none

First Test: Italy 21-40 South Africa, Rome, November 12, 1995

Latest Test: South Africa 29-13 Italy, Witbank, 2010

South Africa's largest winning margin: 101 points - South Africa 101-0 Italy, Durban, June 19, 1999

South Africa winning sequence: Seven Tests, November 12, 1995 to present

Click Here for Italy's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru.

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

Click Here for a full record of all Italy v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru


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