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

Springboks coach Allister Coetzee feels his team is moving in the right direction

REUTERS Springboks coach Allister Coetzee feels his team is moving in the right direction

Retallick's teammate, midfielder Ryan Crotty, missed Saturday's game against Argentina as he recovered from a concussion but believes this weekend's match against South Africa will be the toughest test the All Blacks have faced in the Rugby Championship.

Despite winning all three Rugby Championship matches so far, the All Blacks have been criticised for clocking off during patches of games, which have allowed the opposing team to claw their way back into the match.

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.

Backline utility Andries Coetzee and the Springboks have shown the value of force in numbers this season as they turn

"We've seen the last couple of weeks how physical they've been, especially up front".

The All Blacks unleashed "the beast" as they came from behind to beat a fired-up Argentina 39-22 in a Rugby Championship Test in New Plymouth yesterday.

Matches between the two sides are usually something to savour but the rivalry lost some of its edge past year after the All Blacks won 41-13 at home and 57-15 in Durban.

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

Hansen says South Africa are playing really well where they seem to be incredibly tight with each other, so they're building something from a cultural point of view that will make them more unsafe.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been experimenting with his side so it remains to be seen if the Springboks will have to contend with rookie flanker Vaea Fifita, who burned the Pumas defence to score a try in his first Test start last Saturday.

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They have the weapons on offense to put up points in bunches, and their defense should be much-improved this year as well. Abdullah will be joined by fellow running back Theo Riddick , who also was out with an injury majority of the season.

"Australia will probably be kicking themselves again at 20 points to 10 [up with 33 minutes to play], but South Africa are playing really well", said the All Blacks coach.

The All Blacks outscored Los Pumas six tries to one, but with three of the tries coming in a late 24-point burst after they trailed 22-15 with 30 minutes remaining.

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