Boks will have to 'out-smash' All Blacks - Skinstad

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Lynn McConnell     24 Oct 2015     Getty Images

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup semi-final the 42-cap veteran said it would take 'traditional powerhouse South African rugby and the players will not need to be psyched up for that, they will be really excited about this game'.

The Springboks would have to 'out-smash' New Zealand because they wouldn't be able to out-run them, he said.

"They'll love the clash and will want to smash into the All Blacks. More than anything, they'll just be pleased to have the chance to do that.

"We have to go really hard in the forwards for a long time before we can look to go wide. The All Blacks will go wide earlier than us.

"It's going to be a massive clash. If the Springboks are on song they'll be in with a shout," Skinstad said.

South Africa knew what was required and had pushed the All Blacks close before so they needed to prepare for the fire and brimstone.

"Let's take them on and march on to the goal," he said.

"We play them twice a year, so they won't be able to outfox the Springboks as easily as they did the French, but they're still a powerful team."

One concern Skinstad had was whether flanker Schalk Burger should be the side's initial ball carrier.

"I know Schalk, and I love Schalk. He's a fantastic player, but for me he's standing at first receiver too much.

"You can't begrudge him the number of contributions he's made, but it's about the quality of those contributions.

"Did he off-load to somebody who ran through a gap? Did he lose the ball on the ground?

"He's playing well but against New Zealand he needs to carry less and tackle more. He needs to do the hard yards, clean out more," Skinstad said.

Meanwhile, Burger said he was looking forward to his contest with New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

"We have become good mates, played against each other since 2003, and there have been a fair few contests and unfortunately I have been on the losing side of most of them. Let's hope I get some bragging rights tomorrow as it will be the last time we play against each other.

"Obviously on the field we are equals. We play a bit of a different style. We both have a massive work rate so we find each other at the bottom of the rucks, tackling or carrying the ball a hell of a lot," he said.

Burger said the All Blacks' attacking ability was phenomenal.

"They back their execution and skillset so they put you under more pressure than any other team in the world.

"When we've beaten them [twice in their last 12 Tests] it starts with defence, not letting them have any tempo on the ball, trying to slow them down but then we create a lot of opportunities," he said.