Confident Springboks re-focus for All Blacks challenge
The Springboks beat Australia 38-12 in Brisbane on Saturday.
LONDON - Heyneke Meyer's South African side arrived in New Zealand on Sunday bristling with confidence and already focused on what could be the defining clash of this year's Super Rugby Championship competition.
The Springboks beat Australia 38-12 in Brisbane on Saturday, scoring four tries to snatch their second bonus point of the competition and take a one-point lead in the standings over the All Blacks, who are also unbeaten on 13 points.
Steve Hansen's world champions beat Argentina 28-13 in Hamilton but will face the Springboks at Eden Park without the calming influence of captain Richie McCaw, who suffered a knee injury and is expected to be out for up to five weeks.
The winner of the clash on Saturday should seize the initiative for the southern hemisphere championship title with the All Blacks having to travel to Argentina and South Africa for their final two games.
The Springboks, however, return home for clashes against the Wallabies in Cape Town and then New Zealand in Johannesburg and with a victory in Auckland, which would be the first loss by the All Blacks in New Zealand since 2009, would put them in the driving seat for the title.