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Out of the last six Rugby Championship matches between South Africa’s Springboks and New Zealand’s All Blacks the New Zealand side have won five and South Africa one.

Overall South Africa have played New Zealand 89 times since 1921 and the Springboks have won 35 matches, lost 51 matches and drawn three times.

That gives South Africa a record of winning 39% of their matches against New Zealand and the average score when the teams meet is South Africa 16 New Zealand 19.

This weekend the match will be played in Johannesburg at Ellis Park which gives South Africa home advantage. For the last three years the teams have met in Johannesburg and the last two matches were both at Ellis Park. In 2012 the match was held in Soweto.

Throughout history South Africa have played New Zealand 13 times at Ellis Park in Johannesburg and they have won nine matches and lost four matches. That gives South Africa a record of winning 69% of their matches against New Zealand at Ellis Park.

The average score when South Africa play New Zealand at Ellis Park is South Africa 24 New Zealand 21.

The last time these teams met was at this venue last year and South Africa snatched a late victory from a penalty by beating the All Blacks 27-25. This loss for the All Blacks is their one and only Rugby Championship loss since the tournament started in 2012.

In terms of form New Zealand started the international season with a not so convincing victory over Samoa but looked an improved side against Argentina last week. New Zealand now lead the Rugby Championship standings.

South Africa warmed up for the Rugby Championship with a match against a World XV that didn’t really test them and last week they were beaten in Brisbane by Australia who launched a late surge. South Africa are ranked second in the world but they were beaten by the team ranked sixth and they are now in third place in the Rugby Championship standings.

A significant number of the All Blacks missed out on playing in the recent Super Rugby play offs and the final itself and these players have precious little time to impress head coach Steve Hansen before the squad is cut down to 31 for the world cup. A number of key players will be desperate to impress this weekend and they also need a confidence boost.

South Africa have made eight changes to the team that played last week for this Test. One of those changes is Heinrich Brussow making his first Test start for South Africa since the 2011 world cup. Another change is the captaincy as Schalk Burger takes over from Victor Matfield who is currently injured.

Of the eight changes, three are to the pack and five are on the bench. The backline is unchanged so Handre Pollard retains his place ahead of Patrick Lambie. Francois Louw will start in the number seven jersey for the injured Marcell Coetzee in a positional change, with Brussow assuming the openside role. The only other change to the starting line-up is at lock, where Lood de Jager takes over from Victor Matfield.

The All Blacks have also made some significant chnages as Lima Sopoaga will make his international debut as does James Broadhurst. Highlanders Super Rugby winner Sopoaga replaces Dan Carter with Beauden Barrett on the bench in support.

In the forwards, Dane Coles replaces Keven Mealamu as hooker, with Liam Messam taking Jerome Kaino’s spot at blindside flanker and Broadhurst edging out Luke Romano. In the backs, Conrad Smith replaces centre Sonny Bill Williams, Aaron Smith comes in at half-back for TJ Perenara and Ben Smith replaces the injured Waiseke Naholo on the right wing.

The Bookies have given South Africa a 3 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The All Blacks will have a point to prove after last year and several key players will be desperate to nail down a world cup place. The All Blacks should win by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: South Africa 16 New Zealand 19

Last six results
Sat, 04 Oct 2014 SAF v NZL 27-25 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 SAF v NZL 10-14 Westpac Trust, Wellington
Sat, 05 Oct 2013 SAF v NZL 27-38 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 SAF v NZL 15-29 Eden Park, Auckland
Sat, 06 Oct 2012 SAF v NZL 16-32 Soweto, Johannesburg
Sat, 15 Sep 2012 SAF v NZL 11-21 Otago Stadium, Dunedin

South Africa overall record against New Zealand
Played 89 , Wins 35 , Losses 51 , Draws 3

Match No.3: South Africa v New Zealand
Date : Saturday 25 July 2015
Venue : Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick Off local: 17:05 local, 12:05 ART, 15:05 GMT, 01:05* AEST, 03:05* NZST
Referee: Jerome Garces
Assistant Ref 1:Romain Poite
Assistant Ref 2:Leighton Hodges
TMO : Graham Hughes

Teams

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux , 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jesse Kriel , 12 Damian de Allende , 11 Bryan Habana , 10 Handre Pollard , 9 Ruan Pienaar (vc) , 8 Schalk Burger (c) , 7 Francois Louw , 6 Heinrich Brussow , 5 Lood de Jager , 4 Eben Etzebeth , 3 Jannie du Plessis , 2 Bismarck du Plessis , 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss , 17 Trevor Nyakane , 18 Vincent Koch , 19 Flip van der Merwe , 20 Warren Whiteley , 21 Cobus Reinach , 22 Pat Lambie , 23 Lionel Mapoe

New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Charles Piutau; Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam; James Broadhurst, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa.

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