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
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.

The Boks' final captain's run of the #RWC2015 at the magnificent Olympic Stadium.

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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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