February 24, 2018

All Blacks expect huge test from resurgent Boks

12 September 2017, 12:48 | Marlene Fleming

Jerome Kaino returns to All Blacks training following off-field issue

Jerome Kaino back with All Blacks squad ahead of South Africa Test

The All Blacks have played Argentina 24 times, winning 23 and with one draw.

Cape Town - All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick is expecting a physical confrontation when they face a resurgent Springbok side in their top-of-the-table Rugby Championship clash in Auckland next weekend.

While the All Blacks have scored 19 tries in their three matches against Australia and Argentina, they have struggled with the line-speed of their opponents' defence this season and lacked fluency in attack.

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.

All Blacks-Springboks clashes are always among the highlights of the Test season but the rivalry lost some of its edge past year after the world champions won 41-13 at home and 57-15 in Durban.

"They're playing with a little bit more width than they have in the past, they like to play at the back of their forward runners off 10 and they just like to have a go".

Jerome Kaino back with All Blacks squad ahead of South Africa Test

He was also encouraged by the way Argentina managed to put pressure on the All Blacks in the first 60 minutes of their defeat last weekend in New Plymouth.

"I don't see any weaknesses in the All Black side", said Coetzee.

"I think they are vulnerable but you still have to be at your best to exploit that.

But it's a tank that's got plenty in it and our job now is to bring that out, and his job is to work on his game and get better and better and reach his potential", Hansen said.

Flanker Vaea Fifita marked his first All Blacks start by storming around the outside of Argentina and going over in the corner for a game-changing try that levelled the scores at 22-22.

"They seem to be incredibly tight with each other, so they're obviously building something there from a culture point of view and that'll make them more risky".

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