Springboks Rugby Championship victory over All Blacks unbelievable Malcolm Marx


The Springboks host the All Blacks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in the last game for both in this year's tournament and have also been drawn together in the same group at the World Cup in Japan, where they will meet in Yokohama on 21 September in the opening Pool B game.

"A major motivating factor for us is improving match by match - failure to do so means we have failed".

New Zealand outscored South Africa by six tries to five in Wellington, but four missed conversions from Beauden Barrett proved costly.

"We want to grow day by day and week by week and we desperately want to beat the Springboks this weekend".

- Tendai Mtawarira is the most experienced Springbok against New Zealand with 17 Test matches.

- South Africa's overall record in the Rugby Championship against New Zealand is: P: 48; W: 13; L: 35; PF: 917; PA: 1 392; TF: 85; TA: 148; Average score: 19-29.

They've since gone on to defeat Australia too, and will no doubt feel they can repeat the feat, especially considering this time - they play the All Blacks at home.

"Sections of the media were suggesting that the rivalry had lost its edge because the All Blacks had achieved a few convincing victories".

"South Africa are playing with a lot of confidence and after their two recent wins, their confidence levels will be even higher". "We made sure that we don't do things differently", explained Kolisi.

"As a leadership group, we learnt just how important our communication is out there (on the field) so that we can make good decisions in terms of our game plan", he told a news conference as the All Blacks continued their preparation for Saturday's test at Loftus Versfeld.

The Springboks allowed the Wallabies plenty of possession in Port Elizabeth on Sunday and it will be interesting to see if a similar tactic is employed this week.

"We're aware of what to expect and how physical it will be".

"We will have to front up in defence and be clinical when we create chances because the All Blacks punish you for errors and missed opportunities".

"Damian is a world-class player and I think what he brings to the table is very special".

'For the second week in a row, a Bok victory was notable for the defensive effort, and now I'm hearing the Aussies and Kiwis say they need to kick more, ' he added.

Francois Louw and Steven Kitshoff also come into the starting XV.

- Saturday's Test against New Zealand will be the 36th Test at Loftus.

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