Assistant coach Matt Proudfoot says the Springbok forwards are relishing the chance to test themselves against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday.
After back-to-back losses against Argentina and Australia, the Springboks will need a strong performance to shut down an All Blacks pack that at times bullied the Pumas.
Speaking from the team’s base in Wellington, Proudfoot reckons it is the ultimate test for any pack of forwards to face New Zealand.
‘I think a game between South Africa and New Zealand boils down to getting your basics right,’ Proudfoot explained. ‘So set phase and the breakdown are two crucial areas for us because they have a fantastic scrum, they put your lineout under pressure and attack the gainline.
‘We have the mentality that we’re looking to improve each week and as a pack, we are relishing the opportunity to come out and show what we can do.’
Proudfoot added that the Boks will continue to play to their strengths against the All Blacks.
‘That’s one of the aspects which makes a fixture between these rugby rivals such an interesting affair.
‘They have a particular style and we have our own style, and you’re not going to change the things what you’ve been doing for the past six weeks in the week before an All Blacks Test.’
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