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

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

South Africa have recovered from their disappointing 2016, however, and go into Saturday's match at the North Harbour Stadium only three points behind their hosts after a 23-23 draw with Australia on Saturday.

After struggling for 50 minutes to get on top of Argentina in New Plymouth, before winning 39-22, Hansen was blunt in his assessment.

"But it's a tank that's got plenty in it and our job now is to bring that out, and his job is to work on his game and get better and better and reach his potential", Hansen said.

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

Aaron Smith will be recalled to the starting line-up for New Zealand's Rugby Championship match against South Africa on Saturday.

Flanker Vaea Fifita marked his first All Blacks start by storming around the outside of Argentina and going over in the corner for a game-changing try that levelled the scores at 22-22.

By comparison, the Wallabies and Springboks have 11 each and Los Pumas five.




Lock Brodie Retallick said opposition teams are forcing the All Blacks into making uncharacteristic mistakes this season but believes they can be fixed.

Damian McKenzie exploited a compressed defensive line to ghost through a gap and feed an unmarked Milner-Skudder, Lienert-Brown chased a Beauden Barrett chip kick through with no fullback sweeping, while Dagg finished off a lengthy buildup that sucked in Pumas defenders.

After coming from behind to beat Argentina, Hansen tried to put a positive spin on the outcome.

"For us at the moment we really need to execute an eighty-minute performance". "He'll come back and I think that makes a difference to how we play".

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.

Updated 13.45pm: All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has lamented the loss of Joe Moody for the remainder of the Test season with a shoulder injury, claiming the loosehead prop had been the best in the world in his position this year.

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