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Springboks name unchanged squad for All Blacks clash

Zane Kirchner is upended by Israel Folau in Brisbane.

Zane Kirchner is upended by Israel Folau in Brisbane. Photo: Getty Images

Coach Heyneke Meyer says the Springboks will need to go up a gear when they face the All Blacks in a top-of-the-table Rugby Championship clash in Auckland on Saturday.

South Africa will field the same starting 15 and the same bench as they did for their 38-12 humbling of Australia in Brisbane last weekend. 

Meyer says it's a great position to be in to be able to name an unchanged squad, but adds that he has utmost respect for the All Blacks.

"You don't want to get into the situation where it's easy to pick the same side and everything goes well and you've won," he said. 

"We know we have to make an unbelievable step up. This is the best team in the world we're facing."

Meyer said some of his players had the flu but he expected they would all be over it by match day. 

Both South Africa and defending champions New Zealand have won their first three matches of the tournament, but the Springboks lead the table because they have an extra bonus point. 

New Zealand will name their team on Thursday morning. 

South Africa: Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Jannie du Plessis, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Reserves: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.

AAP


 

3 comments so far

  • I hope Heyneke is kidding. If the Boks can still "go up a gear", the All Blacks could be in real trouble.

    A lot has been made of Australia's woes in their defeat by SA, but people seem to forget that there were just so many moments of beautiful, skillful rugby by South Africa in that game.

    If they can bring that or better to Auckland, the ABs will have their work cut out for them.

    It's going to be a cracker of a match-up!

    Commenter
    J B
    Date and time
    September 12, 2013, 12:37AM
    • Going to be a very good game to watch - even if the boks lose this one - The AB have to beat them on home soil to win the comp- unless they get a bonus point against the boks on staterday. and going off the form that both teams are in. the only bonus point i see comming is a loosing one

      Commenter
      Rarule
      Date and time
      September 12, 2013, 9:18AM
      • Talk about big games and defining moments in rugby. This is a clash of the best rugby has to offer.

        As an AB fan I hope the AB's get up, but more so I hope both teams play to full potential, and with good refereeing.

        This matchup demands a top shelf performance by all........regardless of the results, should be a great game to watch.

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        jcb1962
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        melbourne
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        September 13, 2013, 2:34PM

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