History against Wallabies at Ellis Park
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP COUNTDOWN: The Wallabies will not have history on their side when they face the Springboks at Eilis Park on Saturday.
The Aussies have only beaten the Springboks once in 10 outings at the venue and that was way back in 1963 (11-9) with South Africa winning the other nine.
The last meeting between the two sides at Ellis Park was back in in 2008 with the Springboks recording an emphatic 53-8 victory.
*South Africa v Australia meetings at Ellis Park down the years:
Australia’s win rate of 24 percent when playing in South Africa is their lowest in any nation. It is the lowest win rate of any of the six nations to have played more than 20 Tests there.
Their last victory on South African soil was back in 2011 in Durban when they recorded a 14-9 win.
South Africa’s overall record at Ellis Park has always been good and they head into Saturday’s encounter winning 13 of their last 16 games at the venue including their last three on the bounce across which they’ve scored an average of 36 points per game.
Focussing on Rugby Championship and Tri-Nations encounters there is nothing to choose between the two sides with 23 victories apiece.
However, The Springboks have lost only one of their last five Tests against Australia; though, two of those meetings ended in a draw.
With Rassie Erasmus set to keep several first-choice players fresh for their match-up against the All Blacks in Round Two in Wellington, the Wallabies will view this as their best chance to break their Ellis Park drought.
*Statistical information provided by Opta Sports