Handre Pollard (Gallo)
Cape Town – It is a match that nobody wants to play, but there are at least a couple of individual incentives for the Springboks in Friday night’s bronze medal play-off against Argentina.
Firstly, Bryan Habana can still become the sole leading try scorer in the history of the tournament if he dots down against the Pumas, though Australian Drew Mitchell is only one try behind Habana and Jonah Lomu (both 15) going into the final weekend.
Then there is the matter of who has bragging rights as the tournament’s leading points scorer.
As it stands, Pumas flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez stands atop that pile with 89 points while Bok flyhalf Handre Pollard is 10 points behind on 79. Australian kicking machine Bernard Foley is on 75, while Dan Carter is relatively far behind on 63.
Of course, Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer may opt to leave Pollard out of his side for Friday to either give Pat Lambie his first start since the Japan game or to give Morne Steyn a memorable farewell.
Elsewhere on the stats charts, Lood de Jager and Schalk Burger lead the way in terms of tackles made at the tournament, while Burger has still made more carries than anybody else.
Leading points scorers
89 – Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina)
79 – Greg Laidlaw (Scotland)
79 – Handre Pollard (SA)
75 – Bernard Foley (Australia)
63 – Dan Carter (NZ)
Most tackles made
74 – Lood de Jager (SA)
68 – Schalk Burger (SA)
67 – Jonny Gray (Scotland)
59 – Francois Louw (SA)
58 – Kane Douglas (Australia)
88 – Schalk Burger (SA)
65 – Ben Smith (NZ)
60 – Michael Leitch (Japan)
58 – Joaquin Tuculet (Argentina)
57 – Samu Manoa (USA)