All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash

Jonathan Hernandez
September 12, 2017

All Blacks Brodie Retallick and Ryan Crotty are expecting "a good spectacle" when South Africa visit New Zealand in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

All Blacks-Springboks clashes are always among the highlights of the Test season but the rivalry lost some of its edge a year ago after the world champions won 41-13 at home and 57-15 in Durban.

"We've seen the last couple of weeks how physical they've been, especially up front".

This will be the fourth Test the All Blacks have played at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium where they have never been beaten.

This year has got off to a better start for South Africa though, they won their opening two matches against Argentina and drew 23-all with Australia in Perth on the weekend.

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"They're playing with a little bit more width than they have in the past, they like to play at the back of their forward runners off 10 and they just like to have a go".

"I don't see any weaknesses in the All Black side", said Coetzee.

Hansen says South Africa are playing really well where they seem to be incredibly tight with each other, so they're building something from a cultural point of view that will make them more risky.

A sensational try by rookie flanker Vaea Fifita would be the catalyst for an All Blacks comeback as the hosts scored 17 points in the last quarter.

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.

The try levelled the scores at 22-22 and halted the momentum of the Pumas, who until that point had looked like they could cause a major upset and secure their first victory over New Zealand in 25 attempts.

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