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#NewZealandMustFall - Mbalula

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says Heyneke Meyer’s side is a strong team and will make the country proud.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged the Springboks to come back home with the William Webb Ellis Trophy. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As the Springboks prepare to meet New Zealand in this afternoon's Rugby World Cup final, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is positive victory will be on the South African side.

Fans will be glued to their screens with today's encounter being labelled the final before the final.

The Boks meet the All Blacks at the Twickenham stadium in London.

Mbalula says Heyneke Meyer's side is a strong team and will make the country proud.

"Springboks forever, number one supporter razzmatazz Fikile Mbalula #NewZealandMustFall."

The forecast in London today is set to be cold, with a high chance of rain.

Much of the theme in the build-up to the game has been about the invincibility of the All Blacks and whether teams fear playing them.

The last three games between the two countries have been very tight affairs, with points differences of 4, 2 and 7.

On Wednesday, Heyneke Meyer called this All Blacks team the best to ever play the game and Burger agrees.

Julian Savea has been one of the stars of the tournament so far, and Burger hopes his team mates take care of him long before he has to.

"Julian never runs at me; that would be mildly terrifying, to say the least. Hopefully Jacob Peterson can keep him quiet."

He said they know what's key to beating the All Blacks.

"They put you under pressure more than any team in the world. The times that we have beaten them, it starts with our defence, trying to not let them get tempo on the ball, trying to slow down their ball, but then create a lot of opportunities against them."

Kickoff is at 5pm.

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