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

12 September, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Making an impression new starter Vaea Fifita breaks another tackle as Argentina struggle to contain the number six

The Springboks won successive matches against Argentina before drawing 23-23 with Australia in Perth on Saturday.

This has left coach Steve Hansen unimpressed as they prepare to face arch-rivals South Africa next weekend.

New Zealand struggled to control the first 50 minutes of the match due to some poor decision making but finished in their typical strong style to clinch the win.

"He's off to get an X-ray and it looks like he'll probably have to have an operation", he said.

"I don't know what you guys want to hear".

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The All Blacks have made wholesale changes for their Rugby Championship Test against Argentina in New Plymouth on Saturday including a recall for Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Everything appeared to be going Argentina's way when Barrett was sin-binned and Sanchez put them seven points clear, but the 14-man All Blacks drew level through Vaea Fifita's converted score.

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

The All Blacks had to come from 17-0 down to beat Australia in their last match and they were given another scare by the winless Pumas, who held a 22-15 second-half advantage.

Damian McKenzie and Barrett tries closed out the match.

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"But to go in at halftime down and come back out and win the game, (I'm) pretty happy", he said, before acknowledging all was not well.

"Our message at halftime was to stay on task because we were doing a good job, but we only kept it up for another 20 minutes instead of 40".

"We need him to be in the right places in the different structures, but that's normal", said Hansen.

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.

The Argentina game proved costly for the All Blacks, with prop Joe Moody dislocating a shoulder and unlikely to play again this season.

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