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All Blacks continue dominance over Boks

10 October 2017, 12:09 | Erma Lawrence

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Team: 15-Andries Coetzee, 14-Dillyn Leyds, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Jan Serfontein, 11-Courtnall Skosan, 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Ross Cronje, 8-Francois Louw, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Siya Kolisi, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3-Ruan Dreyer, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16-Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17-Trevor Nyakane, 18-Wilko Louw, 19-Franco Mostert, 20-Jean-Luc du Preez, 21-Rudy Paige, 22-Handre Pollard, 23-Damian de Allende.

The team suffered a first loss on home soil this year when they were edged 25-24 by the All Blacks, who finished the Rugby Championship undefeated and retained the title they won in 2016. "In that game we took every opportunity, and tonight we didn't", he said.

"Our skill execution, our physicality and our ability to play our "triple threat" game will be critical", he added, referring to the All Blacks plan to keep the opposition guessing whether they will run, pass or kick.

"We knew it was just a blip in New Zealand and we knew we must just keep persevering".

Hansen said he expected a backlash from the Springboks, who were heavily criticised by their fans after their record defeat at North Harbour Stadium.

"They managed to get on top of New Zealand's big boys, and the big thing was the way they played with ball in hand".

'While we've played some rugby for 80 minutes and played really well, there's been other games where we've played for 60 and clocked off. In both matches Australia we were in it and could have won it, but did not.

"We have a couple of world-class players in the pack". Guys like Kitshoff, Marx, Eben, they have played like world class players all year.

'You get greater pleasure when you see people performing under pressure.

'What we saw tonight was if everyone is in the right mindset the Boks are a very good team. "The year is not over, we still have four matches left and will continue to seek improvement in those".



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