Another record for Jake

A win for Jake White’s Springboks over Scotland on Saturday will equal the longest home unbeaten streak in the Boks 100 year history.

The current record is 13 consecutive Test wins from 1994 to 1996 and included the World Cup held in South Africa in 1995. However, three coaches were responsible for that sequence – Ian McIntosh (1 win), Kitch Christie (10 wins) and Andre Markgraaff (2 wins).

Christie with ten straight home Test wins has already been eclipsed by White, who stands on 12 home without a loss (13 if you count the World XV match, but it did not carry Test status).

McIntosh ended his home tenure with the Boks with a convincing 27-9 win over England in Cape Town – following a 32-15 loss in the first Test in Pretoria. Ultimately his failure in a three-Test tour to New Zealand resulted in his sacking.

Christie took over and immediately beat Argentina in PE, the first of 14 consecutive Test wins overall, including ten on-the-trot at home as well as the World Cup final victory over New Zealand.

Following Christie’s retirement in November 1995, Markgraaff took over the following July and beat Fiji and Australia, before a loss to New Zealand in Cape Town ended the impressive run.

It took another eight years for the next best unbeaten sequence to start. White has never lost a Test at home – a fact he is quick to point out, and rightly so. He has the longest home unbeaten streak of one coach and is on the brink of taking his team to another record.

And his effort will include Test series wins over Ireland, France and Scotland (if the Boks win on Saturday) as well as a Tri-Nations triumph. His only slight blemish is the 30-all draw with France in Durban last year.

Nick Mallett (16 Tests) and Carel du Plessis (1 Test) hold the world record for an overall unbeaten run, but it only included nine straight home wins.

Longest Springbok home unbeaten run (13):

1994:
v England (Cape Town) 27-9
v Argentina (PE) 42-22
v Argentina (Joburg) 46-26

1995:
v Western Samoa (Joburg) 60-8
v Australia (Cape Town) 27-18
v Romania (Cape Town) 21-8
v Canada (PE) 20-0
v Western Samoa (Joburg) 42-14
v France (Durban) 19-15
v New Zealand (Joburg) 15-12
v Wales (Joburg) 40-11

1996:
v Fiji (Pretoria) 43-18
v Australia (Bloem) 25-19

The Springboks home sequence under White (12):

2004:
v Ireland (Bloem) 31-17
v Ireland (Cape Town) 26-17
v Wales (Pretoria) 53-18
v New Zealand (Joburg) 40-26
v Australia (Durban) 23-19

2005:
v Uruguay (East London) 134-3
v France (Durban) 30-30
v France (PE) 27-13
v Australia (Joburg) 33-20
v Australia (Pretoria) 22-16
v New Zealand (Cape Town) 22-16

2006:
v Scotland (Durban) 36-16

By Andrew Hollely