Nine interesting facts from Springboks’ win over Italy


Opta Sports’ facts from the Springboks’ 49-3 win against Italy in Shizuoka.

– The Boks’ 46-point victory was their joint-eighth biggest at the World Cup and their biggest ever against a tier-one side in the tournament.

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– Italy flank Jake Polledri has beaten 27 defenders at the 2019 World Cup, including seven against South Africa, the most ever by a forward in an edition of the tournament, surpassing Buck Shelford’s tally of 22 for New Zealand in 1987.

– There have been 14 kicked try-assists at this year’s World Cup, including two in this game. There were just 10 at the 2015 edition of the tournament.

– Italy were shown their first-ever red card at the World Cup, there have now been four shown in total at this year’s tournament, the joint-most in an edition of the World Cup (level with 1995 and 1999).

– Flyhalf Handré Pollard kicked 14 points to take his World Cup career tally to 115, overtaking Percy Montgomery (111) as the highest point-scorer for the Springboks at the tournament.

– Italy No 8 Sergio Parisse played his 142nd Test, eclipsing Brian O’Driscoll (141) to become the outright second-most capped player in Test history behind Richie McCaw (148).

– Bok wing Makazole Mapimpi crossed for a try to take his tally to 11 tries in 11 Tests, while teammate Cheslin Kolbe scored twice and now has five in his last four Tests.

– Both Bok hookers scored against Italy; there have now been 18 tries scored by hookers at this year’s World Cup, only wingers have more for a specific position (No 11 – 20 tries, No 14 – 19 tries).

– This was the first meeting between South Africa and Italy at the World Cup; there are now only three match-ups between current tier-one nations to have never previously occurred at a World Cup (England vs Ireland, Ireland vs South Africa, Scotland vs Wales).

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