The Wallabies will be looking for just their second win of 2018 against the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium this weekend. Lets take a look at all the key stats to see how they’ll fare.
- Each of the last two Tests between Australia and South Africa have ended in a draw; their solitary draw prior to that was in 2001 – only against New Zealand (7) have Australia drawn more matches.
- Australia have lost just one of their last nine Tests against South Africa in Australia (W7, D1), remaining undefeated against them on home soil since 2013.
- Australia have won their last four games on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium, including two when they had been trailing at half-time; only at the Sydney Cricket Ground (31) and Ballymore Stadium (29) do the Wallabies have more overall Test wins than they do at Suncorp Stadium (23).
- Australia have only one Test triumph to their name so far in 2018 (L4), the last time they won fewer than five Tests in a calendar year was in 1995 (W4, L4).
- South Africa have won only one of their last 10 games played away from home in The Rugby Championship (D1, L8), and have won just two of their last seven away games overall (D1, L4).
- South Africa (193) are just seven shy of their 200th try scored against Australia; they would be the first opposition against whom they’ve crossed for a double-century of tries and just the second team to have done so against Australia (New Zealand 450).
- Australia have won 100% of their scrums in six of their last seven matches, overall winning 41 of 43 scrums in that time.
- South Africa made 22 clean breaks against Argentina in Round 2 of The Rugby Championship 2018, their most in a single Test since they made 23 clean breaks against Australia in September 2017.
- Australia’s David Pocock and South Africa’s Malcolm Marx have each won six turnovers at The Rugby Championship in 2018, more than any other players in the tournament.
- Warren Whiteley has made 21 tackles so far this campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss a single tackle attempt.
Thanks to Opta for providing the statistics.
Watch: Will Genia speaks ahead of their match with the Springboks this weekend:
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