Cape Town – The Springboks go into Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener against Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth knowing that they have never lost at the venue.
Since the stadium was built and used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Boks have played there four times, and against some quality opposition.
Their first match at the stadium came in 2011 when a drop goal and five penalties from flyhalf Morne Steyn was enough to secure an 18-5 win over the All Blacks.
Then, in 2012, the Boks drew 14-14 against England thanks to a JP Pietersen try and three Steyn penalties.
It was much easier in 2014, when Marcell Coetzee, Lwazi Mvovo and Lood de Jager combined to score six of South Africa’s eight tries as they smashed Scotland 55-6.
The last time the Boks played in PE was against Ireland last year in Allister Coetzee’s third Test in charge. With the series drawn 1-1, it all came down to the final match, and the Boks pulled off a 19-13 win with Pietersen scoring their only try.
SA’s record at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium:
2011: SA 18-5 NZ
2012: SA 14-14 England
2014: SA 55-6 Scotland
2016: SA 19-13 Ireland