1. The form book
South Africa have played 22 matches against Argentina. The stats reads as follows:
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.
Congratulations to our Munster colleague John Lacey who will referee the bronze medal game at Rugby Rugby World Cup 2015.— Leinster Referees (@leinsterreferee) October 26, 2015