MAIN PHOTO: Roy Kinikinilau jointly holds the record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a Wellington player against Southland. he scored three tries against the stags in Wellington in 2005. Jeremy Thrush scored a hattrick in Invercargill in 2015.
Wellington v Southland by the numbers
1896 – The year Wellington first played Southland in a first-class match. Wellington won the match 11-0. The two teams have since gone on to play 96 matches: Wellington has won 65, Southland has won 24, and there have been seven draws.
29 – How many times Wellington has played Southland since the National Provincial Championship (NPC) began in 1976. Wellington has won 23 (79.3%), lost five, and drawn one.
15 – That’s how many consecutive matches the Wellington Lions have scored four tries or better. That includes the last seven matches of 2016.
13 – Wellington’s current winning streak against Southland. Wellington’s longest winning streak against another province is 17, against Taranaki between 1990 and 2008.
13 – That’s how many times Wellington has played Southland’s in Invercargill. Wellington has won eight, Southland four, and there has been one draw.
2002 – The year Southland last beat Wellington.
9 - Wellington’s record for most tries in a NPC match against Southland was in Wellington in 1999.
2 - The record for most tries scored in a NPC match by a Southland player against Wellington is held by Gavin Williams, at Wellington in 2003, and by Matt Saunders at Wellington in 2011.
5 - The record for most penalties in a NPC match by Wellington against Southland. It was achieved by Riki Flutey in Invercargill in 2002, David Holwell in Wellington, in 2003, and by Piri Weepu in Wellington in the Air New Zealand Cup Semifinal of 2009.
1 - John Dougan kicked the sole drop goal for Wellington against Southland, at Wellington in 1977.
22 - The most points scored by a Wellington player in a NPC match against Southland was achieved by halfback Neil Sorensen in Invercargill in 1985.