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Sportal.co.nz     05 Oct 2012     Getty Images

While the Championship has been won by New Zealand with a game to spare, a Test match in South Africa against the old rival always has an appeal of its own, and that would be the case again in Soweto.

South Africa represent a significant scalp on the All Blacks' road to setting a world record of consecutive Tests without defeat. A win would be the 16th for New Zealand as they look to surpass the 17 Test record they share with South Africa.

A win would also be the 100th victory for New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and would extend the record he holds as the player to have appeared in most Test match victories.

Should hooker Keven Mealamu get onto the field, it would be his 100th match for New Zealand, and his 99th Test.

Hansen said the New Zealanders wouldn't be affected by playing in front of the impressive 90,000 crowd in the Soweto stadium, their second appearance there after their first in 2010.

"We've played in most places around the world and we've found that most places are the same...the lines are marked out the same way and it's got a halfway and a 22. So if you go out with that mindset, it doesn't matter where it is," he said at the team announcement.

"South Africa are coming off a big win against Australia and will be playing in front of their home crowd at Soweto so it's going to be a huge Test match.

"They'll kick in their half and run in our half," he said.

There would be a lot of crowd noise from the home crowd.

"If they're the opposition fans then we need to do something to keep them quiet.

"We saw that in Argentina. The fans over there are fanatical and they're great for the game. If you're doing things right, you can quieten them down so it becomes your place, rather than someone else's," he said.