Rugby

All Blacks confident of an improved performance

───   MORGAN PIEK 13:42 Wed, 03 Aug 2022

All Blacks confident of an improved performance | News Article
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The All Blacks are confident that they will return to their best when they tackle the Springboks in Nelspruit on Saturday in the Rugby Championship.

The three-time World Champions are in South Africa for the first time since 2018 after being unable to travel in recent years duo to Covid-19 measures.

This week it’s the 102nd Test between the two great rivals and the first not to be played on neutral turf since the 16-16 draw in Wellington in 2019.

The All Blacks captain, Sam Cane, feels that the smaller things in their game will fix themselves if they manage to sort the bigger issues such as conceding rolling maul tries.

“It may seem like there’s a lot to fix from the outside, but in camp we have some clear focuses and often when you get those big things right a lot of the smaller things that may seem like issues sort themselves out.

“It’s important that we don’t focus on all these things going wrong because the truth is there aren’t a whole lot. With top teams it is small margins in games.

“In the last Test we lost by 10 points but we let them score two rolling maul tries, which for an All Black pack is something we don’t see as acceptable.

“Fix that and it is one big thing we have sorted out.”

Saturday’s Test at the Mbombela Stadium kicks off at 17:05.

Springboks - 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements - 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux.

All Blacks - TBA

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