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21 Jun 2006
Several milestones could and will be reached when the Springboks take on France at Newlands on Saturday.
- A win against France on Saturday will be the 14th consecutive Test match on home soil without defeat.
- Saturday’s Test will be the 36th Test between the two countries. The 20th at home.
- South Africa has only played France in Cape Town twice and both matches were drawn, in 1958 (3-3) and in 1967 (6-6).
- South Africa need to score 17 points to reach 700 Test points against France, the first time this will be achieved against a northern hemisphere opponent.
- Two successful penalty goals on Saturday and South Africa will reach 600 penalty goals in Test matches.
- The most points by South Africa against France – 52 (Paris, 1997).
- The most points conceded by South Africa against France – 32 (Lyon, 1997).
- Biggest win by South Africa against France – 52-10 (Paris, 1997).
- Biggest defeat by South Africa against France – 10-30 (Marseilles, 2002).
- Last meeting against France – France won 26-20 in Paris, 2005.
- Last meeting against France at home – South Africa won 27-13 in Port Elizabeth, 2005.
- John Smit will join Francois Pienaar as the 2nd most capped captain (29), seven behind record holder, Gary Teichmann.
- John Smit will play in his 33rd consecutive Test, 6 behind record holder, Gary Teichmann.
- Percy Montgomery needs four conversions to reach 100 conversions in Test matches.
- Percy Montgomery will join James Small as the second most capped Springbok against France (9), one behind record holder, Jan Ellis.
- John Smit, Eddie Andrews and Os du Randt will play in their record 14th Test as a front row combination.
- Should South Africa beat France on Saturday, Jake White’s winning percentage will increase to 71.43%, second highest behind Kitch Christie of the “post isolation” coaches.