All Blacks out to run Boks down

Sun, 08 Sep 2013 07:58
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Despite a tough match against the Pumas, the All Blacks have no intention of toning down their running game against South Africa next week.

Despite a disappointing performance against Argentina, the All Blacks have no intention of toning down their running game against South Africa next week.

The showdown in Auckland between the two unbeaten sides in the Rugby Championship will pit the New Zealanders against a Springbok side playing a similar brand of high-tempo rugby.

But where the All Blacks' 28-13 win over Argentina in the rain at Hamilton's Waikato Stadium on Saturday was cluttered with dropped passes, on a dry ground in Brisbane the Springboks made crucial passes stick as they swept aside Australia 38-12.

The Springboks also picked up a four-try bonus point to move one point clear in the championship.

Along with not having their gameplan working the way they want, the All Blacks also suffered the loss of talismanic skipper Richie McCaw who damaged a medial ligament in his left knee and will be out for at least four weeks.

Sam Cane will start in the No.7 jersey next week with Crusaders flank Matt Todd called into the squad, while standout loose forward Kieran Read will take over the captaincy.

Coach Steve Hansen said the change in the loose trio would not alter the All Blacks' approach to the Springboks, who impressed with the way they demolished Australia.

"They've kept their physicality but they've sped up their game. They're using their backs a lot more and this will be the first time they've had so many bonus points in this competition." Hansen said.

"That's a reflection on how they're using the ball so they're going to be really, really tough."

Hansen added that despite the All Blacks' sub-par performance against Argentina there were enough positives to maintain the same approach against the Springboks.

"We exerted out own physicality on the game pretty well, the forwards played very good.

"It wasn't a night for the backs so we won't reflect too much on those kind of areas. We'll look at things we can tidy up in our structures around the park.

"There's enough positives there to look forward to next week," he added.

McCaw will stay with the team for the next week and Hansen said there was no thought of the 119-Test veteran flank undergoing surgery on the knee.

"Hopefully, maybe, he might be back for the second South Africa game," Hansen said. That match is in Johannesburg on October 6.

AFP

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Pumas v Griquas 35 | 41
Golden Lions v Boland 60 | 12
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
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Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 1 1 0 0 5
South Africa 1 1 0 0 4
Argentina 1 0 0 0 1
Australia 1 0 0 1 0