Eight interesting facts from Boks’ win against Wales

2019-10-28T15:37:23+02:00October 27th, 2019|

Opta Sports’ facts from the Springboks’ 19-16 World Cup semi-final win against Wales in Yokohama.

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– The Boks have knocked Wales out of the World Cup in consecutive tournaments, reaching their third final (1995, 2007).

– It was the first time at the 2019 World Cup that Handré Pollard managed a 100% goal-kicking rate.

– Apart from a 22-20 win over an experimental Springbok side (13 debutants) in Washington in 2018, Wales have still not beaten the Boks outside of Cardiff.

– Winger Josh Adams is now the outright top try-scorer at the 2019 World Cup; his haul of six tries is the joint most a player has managed for Wales in an edition of the tournament (Shane Williams, six in 2007).

– Wales made 39 kicks from hand in the game, the most they had made in a World Cup game since 1991 vs Argentina (48); South Africa also made 39 kicks, their most since the 2007 final vs England (48).

– The Boks averaged four metres per carry in this match, while Wales could only average 1.7 metres per carry.

– Alun Wyn Jones won his 142nd Test cap (including Lions) in this match, equaling Sergio Parisse as the second-most capped player in Test history behind Richie McCaw.

– Pollard (140) has scored the most points at the World Cup of any Springbok and the joint seventh-most of any player overall. He’s never scored a try at the tournament, though; only Grant Fox (170) has scored more points at the World Cup without ever crossing for a try.