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This Saturday South Africa will hope to inject some life into their 2015 Rugby Championship campaign as they play host to reigning champions New Zealand.
While the world champion All Blacks eased past Argentina 39-18 in their tournament opener at the weekend, the Springboks lost 24-20 in Australia after conceding a try with the final play of the game.
Two of the southern hemisphere’s biggest powers will be desperate for maximum points in Johannesburg, where a win not only translates to better silverware hope, but a smoother preparation for this year’s World Cup.
It means Saturday’s clash is a must-win for the Boks in this year’s shortened Championship and New Zealand number eight Kieran Read believes that will make for an intense contest.
“I think they will come at us up front,” Read said. “They’ve got a pretty strong scrum and lineout. But they will also look to counter-attack.
“I know last year in this fixture, their boys are pretty quick at the back, and they played really well and made a lot of breaks. So they will want to continue to do that.
“We do have to take another step up. It’s a different test, especially coming over to South Africa. We know the challenge they present and they will be hurting after last week.”