Faf de Klerk says the Springboks will be focused on themselves, and not the All Blacks on Friday, although a painful loss to the old enemy still gnaws at the world champions.
The rivals lock horns in London for their final World Cup warm-up match, but the Boks showed no appetite for a contest in a humiliating first quarter of a 35-20 defeat to New Zealand on 15 July in the Rugby Championship.
The Kiwis built their win in Auckland on a sensational opening 20 minutes, during which they dominated the collisions and the kicking game to claim all the momentum, and forced the South Africans into errors to open up a 17-point gap.
During this period, most of South Africa’s key players went missing, with soft moments on defence and rushed decision-making contributing to their mire.
Veteran scrumhalf De Klerk was one of 14 Boks who flew over early to New Zealand for the showdown against the Kiwis at Mount Smart Stadium, and will start the rematch at Twickenham on Friday.
“If they do something different, it’s up to them. We want to focus on ourselves,” the 31-year-old halfback was quoted by The South African. “There are a lot of things that we want to fix and make sure we get right before we go to the World Cup.
“I don’t think there’s a point to prove in terms of the scoreline, there’s a point to prove for ourselves.
“We had a disappointing first 20 minutes [in Auckland], and after that things started coming back together, being our physical selves.
“Rectifying mistakes we made against them is a point we want to prove, not to them but ourselves.”
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