Springboks target an 80-minute performance against the All Blacks

───   MORGAN PIEK 15:00 Fri, 05 Aug 2022

Springboks target an 80-minute performance against the All Blacks | News Article
Handré Pollard - Morgan Piek

The Springboks will be targeting a complete game when they face the All Blacks in Nelspruit on Saturday in the Rugby Championship.

The Springboks are feeling well-prepared for the game and while they are wary of the All Blacks, there is a sense of confidence in the camp.

While the Boks beat the New Zealanders 31-29 in Gold Coast last year, they have not won a Test against the visitors in South Africa since 2014 with a 27-25 win at Ellis Park.

The Springbok flyhalf, Handré Pollard, said every player needs to pull their weight.

“It’s always great to play against the All Blacks,” said Pollard.

“We had a great week of preparation, so we have to make sure we pitch up for 80 minutes and that as individuals we all do our jobs and also as a team.”

“We’ll stick to our plan this weekend and see how things go after 20 minutes and if we have to adapt, we will. If the opportunities are there, we will certainly try to take them.”

“Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett both have the X-factor, and they are experienced players,” said the experienced international.

“They are a threat with their footwork and with ball in hand, so we’ll try to contain them as much as we can and do our best as a team on the day as well.

“It’s going to be a massive battle. You don’t want to give the All Blacks broken field play, so the kicking game will be important, but it will come down to execution, and we’ll do the best we can to counter that.”

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 – 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 1 George Bower,

Replacements - 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea.

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