South Africa at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.
England playing South Africa in the 2007 World Cup.

South Africa have played at four of the six Rugby World Cup tournaments with their first appearance being when they hosted and won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. They also won the 2007 tournament.

By position[edit]

South Africa was barred from the first two World Cups due to its controversial apartheid regime.

  • 1987 Disallowed due to apartheid
  • 1991 Disallowed due to apartheid
  • 1995 Champions
  • 1999 Third
  • 2003 Eliminated in the quarter finals
  • 2007 Champions
  • 2011 Eliminated in the quarter finals

By matches[edit]

1995[edit]

Pool[edit]

1995-05-25
South Africa  27 – 18  Australia
Tries: Pieter Hendriks, Joel Stransky
Con: Joel Stransky
Pen: Joel Stransky (4)
Drop: Joel Stransky
Tries: Phil Kearns, Michael Lynagh
Con: Michael Lynagh
Pen: Michael Lynagh
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 51 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

1995-05-30
South Africa  21 – 8  Romania
Tries: Adriaan Richter (2)
Con: Gavin Johnson
Pen: Gavin Johnson (3)
Tries: Andrei Guranescu
Pen: Ilie Ivancuic
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 35 000
Referee: Ken McCartney Scotland

1995-06-03
South Africa  20 – 0  Canada
Tries: Adriaan Richter (2)
Con: Joel Stransky (2)
Pen: Joel Stransky (2)
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 31 000
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

Knock-out stages[edit]

Quarter-final
1995-06-10
South Africa  42 – 14  Western Samoa
Tries: Chester Williams (4), Chris Rossouw, Mark Andrews
Con: Gavin Johnson (3)
Pen: Gavin Johnson (2)
Tries: Shem Tatupu, Toetu Nu'uali'itia
Con: Tupo Fa'amasin (2)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 52 000
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Semi-final
1995-06-17
South Africa  19 – 15  France
Tries: Ruben Kruger
Con: Joel Stransky
Pen: Joel Stransky (4)
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (5)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 50 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

Final
1995-06-24
South Africa  15 – 12 (a.e.t.)  New Zealand
Pen: Joel Stransky (3)
Drop: Joel Stransky (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (3)
Drop: Andrew Mehrtens
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 65 000 (capacity)
Referee: Ed Morrison England

1999[edit]

Pool[edit]



1999-10-15
South Africa  39 – 3  Uruguay
Tries: Albert van den Bergh (2), Joost van der Westhuizen, Deon Kayser, Robbie Fleck
Con: Jannie de Beer (4)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (2)
Pen: Diego Aguirre
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: Peter Marshall Australia

Knock-out stages[edit]

Quarter-final
1999-10-24
South Africa  44 – 21  England
Tries: Joost van der Westhuizen, Pieter Rossouw
Con: Jannie de Beer (2)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (5)
Drop: Jannie de Beer (5)
Pen: Paul Grayson (6), Jonny Wilkinson
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Semi-final
1999-10-30
South Africa  21 – 27
(a.e.t)
 Australia
Pen: Jannie de Beer (6)
Drop: Jannie de Beer
Pen: Matthew Burke (8)
Drop: Stephen Larkham
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

Third place play-off
1999-11-04
South Africa  22 – 18  New Zealand
Tries: Breyton Paulse
Con: Henry Honiball
Pen: Henry Honiball (3)
Drop goals: Percy Montgomery (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (6)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: Peter Marshall Australia

2003[edit]

Pool[edit]

2003-10-11
South Africa  72 – 6  Uruguay
Tries: van der Westhuizen (3), van Niekerk, Botha, Delport, Fourie, Bands, Rossouw, Scholtz, Greef
Con: Koen (5), Hougaard
Pen: Aguirre (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 16,906
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand

2003-10-18
South Africa  6 – 25  England
Pen: Koen (2) Tries: Greenwood
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Drop: Wilkinson (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 38,834
Referee: Peter Marshall Australia

2003-10-24
South Africa  46 – 19  Georgia
Tries: Rossouw (2), Hougaard, van Niekerk, Fourie, Botha, Burger
Con: Hougaard (4)
Pen: Hougaard
Tries: Dadunashvili
Con: Jimsheladze
Pen: Jimsheladze (3), Kvirikashvili
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 34,308
Referee: Stuart Dickinson Australia

2003-11-01
South Africa  60 – 10  Samoa
Tries: van Niekerk, Muller, Hougaard, Smith, Willemse, Fourie, van der Westhuyzen, de Kock
Con: Hougaard (5), Koen (2)
Pen: Hougaard
Drop: Hougaard
Tries: Palepoi
Con: Va'a
Pen: Va'a
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 48,496
Referee: Chris White England

Knock-out stages[edit]

Quarter-final
2003-11-08
New Zealand  29 – 9  South Africa
Tries: MacDonald 16' c
Mealamu 59' m
Rokocoko 72' m
Con: MacDonald
Pen: MacDonald (3)
Drop: Mauger 45'
Pen: Hougaard (3)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 40,734
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

2007[edit]

Pool[edit]

9 September 2007
16:00
South Africa  59 – 7  Samoa
Tries: Habana (4) 33' m, 56' c, 66' c, 76' m
Montgomery (2) 40+' c, 53' m
Fourie 47' c
JP Pietersen 80+' c
Con: Montgomery (5/8)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 3', 10', 15'
Report Try: Williams 18' c
Con: Williams (1/1)
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 46,575
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

14 September 2007
21:00
England  0 – 36  South Africa
Report Tries: Smith 6' c
Pietersen (2) 38' c, 64' c
Con: Montgomery (3/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 11'
Montgomery (4/4) 36', 46', 55', 79'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,523
Referee: Joël Jutge France

22 September 2007
14:00
South Africa  30 – 25  Tonga
Tries: Pienaar (2) 18' c, 65' m
Smith 59' c
Skinstad 62' m
Con: Pretorius (1/1)
Montgomery (1/3)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 54'
Montgomery (1/1) 76'
Report Tries: Pulu 44' c
Hufanga 70' m
Vaki 72' c
Con: Hola (2/3)
Pen: Hola (2/3) 9', 78'
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 40,069
Referee: Wayne Barnes England

30 September 2007
20:00
South Africa  64 – 15  United States
Tries: Burger 10' c
Steyn 28' c
Habana (2) 35' c, 42' m
van der Linde 48' c
du Preez 54' c
Fourie (2) 64' c, 73' c
Smith 77' c
Con: Montgomery (6/7)
James (2/2)
Pen: Montgomery (1/1) 17'
Report Tries: Ngwenya 39' c
Wyles 51' m
Con: Hercus (1/2)
Pen: Hercus (1/1) 20'
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 28,750
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

Knock-out stages[edit]

Quarter-final
7 October 2007
15:00
South Africa  37 – 20  Fiji
Tries: Fourie 13' m
Smit 35' m
Pietersen 51' c
Smith 70' c
James 80' c
Con: Montgomery (3/5)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 8'
Montgomery (1/2) 63'
Report Tries: Delasau 57' c
Bobo 59' c
Con: Bai (2/2)
Pen: Bai (2/2) 26', 44'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 55,943
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Semi-final
14 October 2007
21:00
South Africa  37 – 13  Argentina
Tries: du Preez 7' c
Habana (2) 32' c, 76' c
Rossouw 40' c
Con: Montgomery (4/4)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 17', 71', 75'
Report Try: M. Contepomi 45' c
Con: F. Contepomi (1/1)
Pen: F. Contepomi (2/4) 15', 30'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 77,055
Referee: Steve Walsh Australia

Final
20 October 2007
21:00
England  6 – 15  South Africa
Pen: Wilkinson (2/2) 13', 44' Report Pen: Montgomery (4/4) 7', 16', 40', 51'
Steyn (1/2) 62'
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 80,430
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

2011[edit]

Pool[edit]

2011-09-11
South Africa  17 – 16  Wales
Tries: F. Steyn,
Hougaard
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: M. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Faletau
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (2)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 33,331
Referee: Wayne Barnes England

2011-09-17
South Africa  49 – 3  Fiji
Tries: Steenkamp
Fourie
F. Steyn
M. Steyn
Mtawarira
Rossouw
Con: M. Steyn
Pen: M. Steyn, F. Steyn
(Report) Pen: Bai
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 33,262
Referee: Romain Poite France

2011-09-22
South Africa  87 – 0  Namibia
Tries: Aplon (2),
Habana,
Fourie,
F. Steyn,
M. Steyn,
de Jongh (2),
Hougaard (2)
Con: M. Steyn,
Pienaar
Pen: M. Steyn
(Report)
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 26,839
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

2011-09-30
South Africa  13 – 5  Samoa
Tries: Habana
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: M. Steyn,
F. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Stowers
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 29,734
Referee: Nigel Owens Wales

South Africa has won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. Rugby World Cup

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