South Africa v Namibia, Rugby World Cup, September 22
Boks out to win battle of Southern Africa
ESPNscrum Staff
September 15, 2011
South Africa's Schalk Burger off loads the ball in the tackle, South Africa v Italy, Buffalo City Stadium, East London, South Africa, June 26, 2010
Schalk Burger crossed for a hat-trick in the two sides' previous meeting © Getty Images
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South Africa hope to make it two from two against their African neighbours Namibia in North Harbour on Thursday.

The two sides have previously only met once with the South Africans taking a resounding win 105-13 - a result which is still Namibia's biggest loss in their Test history. The match occurred in Cape Town in the run up to the eventually victorious 2007 World Cup campaign for the Springboks. Jake White's South Africa were imperious on the day running in 15 tries against their African counterparts. Schalk Burger and the now crocked Juan Smith both recorded hat-tricks with Namibia's solitary score coming from debutant winger Bradley Langenhoven.

Current international centre Piet van Zyl made his debut for Namibia that day and his side are a relatively new Test playing nation having only started playing recognised Tests since 1990 when they took their international bow against Zimbabwe in Windhoek. South Africa on the other hand are a well established international force having taken the William Webb Ellis Cup on two previous occasions, in 1995 and 2007.

South Africa v Namibia

All-time record: Played: 1, South Africa won 1, Namibia won 0

Biggest winning margin: SA: 92 (105-13, Cape Town 2007)

Highest score: SA: 105 (105-13, Cape Town 2007); Nam: 13 (13-105, Cape Town 2007)

Most tries: SA: 15 (105-13, Cape Town 2007) Nam: 1 (13-105, Cape Town 2007)

Most points (individual): SA: 30 Percy Montgomery; Nam: Emile Wessels 8

Most tries (individual): SA: 3 Schalk Burger, Juan Smith; Nam:1 Bradley Langenhoven

Previous World Cup meetings: None

Statsguru archive:

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

Click here for Namibia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru

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

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