17 Wales vs Springboks facts you need to know

2019-10-24T07:19:04+02:00October 22nd, 2019|

Opta Sports’ facts for the World Cup semi-final between Wales and the Springboks in Yokohama on Sunday (11:00 SA time).

– Wales have won five of their last six Tests against the Boks, including their last four in a row; they had won just one of their initial 29 clashes with the Boks (won one, drawn one, lost 27).

– Apart from a 22-20 win over an experimental Bok side (13 debutants) in Washington in 2018, Wales have never beaten South Africa outside of Cardiff.

– The Boks have won both of their previous World Cup matches against Wales, beating them 17-16 in the 2011 pool stage and then 23-19 in the 2015 quarter-finals.

– This is just the third time Wales have reached the World Cup semi-final stage, they’ve never made it to the showpiece game having lost to New Zealand in 1987 and France in 2011.

– Two-time World Cup winners South Africa have won two of their previous four semi-finals, beating France in 1995 and Argentina in 2007.

– The Boks have conceded just three tries in five games at the 2019 World Cup, two of which came in their defeat to New Zealand in their opening game; they’re aiming to become the first side ever to win the World Cup having lost a game earlier in the tournament.

– Wales have conceded more tries (12) in the 2019 World Cup than their previous two campaigns combined (10 across 2011 and 2015).

– The Boks have won 32 of their 34 World Cup games in which they have led at the break (lost two), their last such defeat, however, coming in the 2015 semi-finals against New Zealand (also vs Japan in 2015).

– The Boks are the only side with a 100% lineout success rate at the 2019 World Cup, winning all 57 throws they have taken so far, they’ve also stolen a competition high 11 opposition throws.

– The Boks have scored more tries (30) and points (211) than any other side at the 2019 World Cup so far, only once before (33 in 2007) have they scored more tries in a World Cup campaign.

– Wing George North (39) needs just one more try to draw level with Gareth Thomas (40) as Wales’ second top try-scorer of all time (Shane Williams 58).

– Flyhalf Dan Biggar (86) needs 14 points to become the first Wales player to score 100 World Cup points (Neil Jenkins 98, Stephen Jones 95).

– Wales centre Hadleigh Parkes (389) and wing Josh Adams (379) have played more minutes at this World Cup than any other players left in the tournament.

– Adams and Bok wing Makazole Mapimpi are the joint leading try-scorers at this World Cup alongside Japan’s Kotaro Matsushima (five tries each).

– Adams has made a tournament-high 13 clean breaks at the 2019 World Cup, South Africa’s Warrick Gelant ranks joint third in this category (11).

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– Scrumhalf Gareth Davies is in line to win his 50th cap for Wales, only Shane Williams (10) has more World Cup tries for Wales than him (seven).

– Mapimpi already has 13 tries in just 12 Tests for South Africa, including nine in his last six appearances.