Having beaten the Pumas 41-12 in their Rugby Championship match in Mendoza on Sunday morning, the All Blacks are coming home to 13 Springboks who had travelled over during the week and are raring to go.
The primary task for the Springboks’ advance party of 13, having arrived mid-week, will be to change that; they will aim to use their non-jetlagged bodies to break the hosts’ resolve during the test at Mt Smart Stadium.
The South Africans’ trump card may be coach Jacques Nienaber’s decision to send the advance party to Auckland after fielding an understrength side that still got the job done demolishing Australia 43-12 in Pretoria.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster, though, was unapologetic about taking his whole squad to Mendoza, even though around a dozen were never going to play.
Foster says both teams have obviously got different strategies, around how they have dealt with this championship, leading into this World Cup.
He further says they have got no regrets as they really wanted to get this team together, to get them tight.
The All Blacks will host the Springboks at 7.05pm this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium while the Wallabies host the Pumas at 9.35pm
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