All Blacks anticipate physical, desperate Boks

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Lynn McConnell     15 Sep 2018     Getty Images

While there had been discussion of just where South Africa sit in terms of rivalries with the All Blacks, captain Kieran Read said every team around the world had different meaning for the side.

"The South Africans are special in their own way. It's hard to pinpoint but we need to turn up and perform every Test we play. It's another one of those and a special meaning in terms of where both teams are at," he said.

Read said there was plenty riding on the game with the prize of another Rugby Championship but there was also the desire to end their home season with a good win for home fans.

"It's a focus of ours to win the Championship and we would love to do it in the four games. We can't get ahead of ourselves, we know the challenge but we've got that opportunity and hopefully we can perform out there tomorrow night," he said.

South Africa were a team looking to find their stripes in the way they played and there would be nothing new in the fact they would come at the All Blacks physically up front.

"They've picked a pack that is willing to do that and take us on there but over the last six months in the Tests they've played they've shown a willingness to use their exciting backs as well," he said.

The Springboks appeared to be a confident team and while the results hadn't gone their way they were still a team that played with a lot of pride in wearing their green jersey and they were going to keep bouncing back.

"It can be dented by a couple of losses but if we were in that situation we know how we'd come out so it's going to be a massive game," he said.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi wants to see his side reduce the mistakes that marred their most recent loss against the Wallabies.

"We have to take those opportunities – we can't learn every week. We can win Test matches by just taking half of our opportunities sometimes, and I think at the end of the day, it's all down to individual errors," he said.

"We want to limit those mistakes, and I think we will be better. As soon as you lose you look at all the bad things and you forget all the good things that you are doing.

"And it's tough, because we all want results. The good thing about it is that the coaches keep on encouraging us. They know – and I believe it as well – as soon as we get it right…We do it in bits and pieces. If we get it right together for 80 minutes we will win a lot of Test matches.

"So, we are positive, and we know that we can beat whoever we want to. It's just as long as we turn up on the day, limit our mistakes and play for 80 minutes," he said.