All Blacks to teach Boks another rugby lesson?
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: They have already secured the Rugby Championship title, but that will stop the All Blacks from teaching the Springboks another rugby lesson when they meet at Newlands on Saturday.
Steve Hansen's side arrived in Cape Town on Monday ahead of this weekend's clash with five wins from five, while the Boks could only muster two wins against a struggling Argentina side, two draws against the mediocre Australians and of course a humiliating 0-57 defeat to the All Blacks in Albany.
The writing seems to be on the wall for Allister Coetzee's side, especially after Hansen said they will not be taking the Boks lightly at Newlands.
"If you know the All Blacks you know they are under pressure all the time to win and win well, so it doesn't change anything there," said Hansen.
"The fact that we won the Championship is obviously pleasing, but we are playing one of our greatest foes and one with a lot of history and one that we have a lot of respect for, so it won't change how we prepare. We are looking forward to the game."
The All Blacks are coming off a 36-10 victory against Los Pumas in Buenos Aires and after a long journey to Cape Town, there might be some fatigue in the squad.
However, with players like Sam Cane, Ryan Crotty, Lima Sopoaga, Liam Squire and Samuel Whitelock back with the rest of the squad after not being needed for the Argentina Test, you can't help but feel sorry for the Boks.
"We would like to think we are flexible in our thinking. We have clearly shown that by bringing a group over here, who didn't go over to Argentina.
"That is part of our plan to involve those people and it is just a matter of how we pull up from the big travel and the game.
"We don't have to name the team until Thursday and we got some obvious decisions to make and we will make those over the next couple of days," Hansen added.
The Boks are coming off a 27-all draw with Australia and despite the widespread criticism the South Africans received, Hansen believes his opponents are on the right track.
"I thought they [Boks] were pretty dangerous actually. If they had just been a little bit more accurate a couple of times, they would have scored some more points, so I think if they continue to do what they are doing and keep growing on that and get better at, it will make them a dangerous opposition," said the All Blacks coach.
By Warren Fortune