Sunday, 24 September, 2017

All Blacks expect huge test from resurgent Boks

Making an impression new starter Vaea Fifita breaks another tackle as Argentina struggle to contain the number six Making an impression new starter Vaea Fifita breaks another tackle as Argentina struggle to contain the number sixMARTY MELVILLE
Elias Hubbard | 12 September, 2017, 00:44

Coach Steve Hansen billed the promotion of seven players, when he named his side Thursday, as a chance for them to take "opportunities" after his frontline unit struggled to beat Australia in their last outing.

South Africa have rebounded from their miserable 2016, however, and go into Saturday's match at North Harbour stadium only three points behind the All Blacks after a 23-23 draw with Australia at the weekend.

Retallick admitted the Argentina forward pack got the better of the All Blacks at the breakdown on the weekend and he said that won't be good enough against an even tougher South African pack on Saturday.

"Obviously you don't want the errors to keep growing".

New Zealand leads the Rugby Championship, with South Africa second.

The Newlands Test will be the first visit of the All Blacks to Cape Town since 2008 when they triumphed 19-0.

The All Blacks outscored Los Pumas six tries to one, but with three of the tries coming in a late 24-point burst after they trailed 22-15 with 30 minutes remaining.

Damian McKenzie and Barrett tries closed out the match.

"We had moments where we really had to battle and think our way through some stuff that didn't come easy for us". "He'll come back and I think that makes a difference to how we play".

"Our message at halftime was to stay on task because we were doing a good job, but we only kept it up for another 20 minutes instead of 40".

But that has since been replaced with a need to force the pace - at times recklessly - from the start, and Hansen does not appear keen to alter that.

Only 22,000 tickets went on sale for the clash of arch rivals South Africa and New Zealand and were snapped up 60 minutes after becoming available nationwide, officials said.

Hansen revealed after the match that Moody, who played the entire Test, is set to miss the remainder of the year after dislocating his shoulder.

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