Springboks ready for the All Blacks style of play

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Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said that was down to both sides looking to open the game up.


"If you look at Australia and New Zealand, their style of play, there's a lot of similarities in the way they play.


"There's a lot more open, fast continuity and they are big on ball in play. It is very similar to what we saw from the British & Irish Lions when they played our franchise teams, keeping the ball alive and running it," he told South African media.


They were also quality sides with quality coaches, he said.


"I think if it is on, they will play it, it doesn't matter where it's on the field. But if it's not on, [and] they have slow ball, then they will try to play the percentages.


"That's going to be the lovely test of those four Test matches. It will be proper Test matches in the sense that, if they want to open it up, they will open it up. But if it's not on to play, they will play the territory game," he said.



It will be the first contact between the sides since the All Blacks beat the South Africans in their pool game at the Rugby World Cup in 2019. And it will be the first time in the professional era that South Africa meets them without having a Super Rugby campaign.


However, Nienaber didn't think that would be an issue for the Springboks.


"Test match rugby is different to Super Rugby. I agree that we haven't played against a [Sam] Whitelock or against a [Michael] Hooper, the individual players, we haven't seen them and their skill set. From a team perspective, I think Test match rugby is different," he said.


Playing against the southern hemisphere sides remained the yardstick for South Africa in knowing how far they were away from being the best team in the world, and Nienaber was relishing the contact.


"We missed out on it last year. It's phenomenal to have our Sanzaar group together. It's something that, in terms of Super Rugby, I have been involved with since 1999. You get so accustomed to it, so it was hard when we didn't have it last year.


"You almost wonder where you are. It would be nice to play against them so you can see where you are," he said.


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