Five things you need to know about the Bronze Final

The Springboks sing the national anthem before the game against Wales in the 2015 RWC quarter-finals at Twickenham Stadium. - Image by © Michael Lee - Taiwan Mike/KLC fotos/Corbis

1. The form book

South Africa have played 22 matches against Argentina. The stats reads as follows:
Won: 19
Lost: 1
Drawn: 1
Points For: 779
Points Against: 410
Win percentage: 90%

2. Respect the veterans

Victor Matfield will run out as the most-capped player on Friday night, with a total of 127 caps to his name, and incredibly, the longest career in Springbok rugby. Bryan Habana will run out as the second most-capped player with 116 caps.

3. Records all round

Speaking of the veteran wing, he’ll be hoping to eclipse Jonah Lomu’s record of 15 RWC tries. The Toulon winger holds a number of records in the position, including:
– Most tries at wing,
– Most tries for South Africa, and
– Most experienced Springbok player

4. The pitch

The Stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has a capacity of 80,000 people and has played host to five RWC matches in the tournament. The last match the Springboks played at the stadium was a 64-0 rout of the USA in the group stages.


 

5. The man with the whistle

Irishman John Lacey will be officiating proceedings between the two teams, with Friday being the third South African outing that he’ll be involved in.

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