TJ Perenara says the All Blacks are determined to avenge their shock loss to the Springboks in Wellington when the sides meet at Loftus on Saturday.
The New Zealanders claimed their third successive Rugby Championship title by beating Argentina at the weekend, effectively rendering the match in Pretoria a dead-rubber.
However, Perenara says Saturday’s match will still matter – a lot.
‘We’re so focused on the next job and winning games and being the best footy players that we can be that we don’t often have time to reflect on what we’ve achieved,’ Perenara said.
‘It’s similar to the case now. We’ve finished that game and my mind’s not about my 50th game, my mind’s on [this] week in Pretoria and trying to right a wrong from a couple of weeks ago.
‘That will be a part of the motivation. Knowing they beat us a couple of weeks ago is disappointing and it hurts.’
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