Monty eyes 600

Percy Montgomery needs just six more points to become the first Springbok in history to reach 600.

Should he score the points against the Scots (which seems likely), it will mark an incredible milestone for a man who was stranded in UK rugby oblivion just two years ago.

Monty wasn’t good enough for Springbok coaches Harry Viljoen or Rudolf Straueli, but under Jake White he has won the Tri-Nations, and fitness-permitting will go to the 2007 World Cup.

As South Africa’s top point scorer by a long way (Naas Botha is next with 312 points), Monty has kicked 96 conversions, 98 penalties and six drop goals. The Sharks and former Stormers fullback has also crossed the opponent’s tryline 18 times.

He has scored 20 points or more in five international encounters. Incidentally, two of these games involved the Scots, firstly at Murrayfield in 1997 and then last week in Durban.

On Saturday, at the age of 32, Montgomery will take the field in the green and gold for the 75th time. In doing so, he edges closer to yet another record – Joost van der Westhuizen’s 89 Tests for the Boks.