Johannesburg - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has highlighted the colossal challenge his side faced in their attempt to beat the All Blacks in their deciding Rugby Championship Test at Ellis Park on Saturday.
"We’ve really planned well and now it’s going to be a matter of executing, but there is a lot of mutual respect between us and the All Blacks," Meyer said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
"He is someone who doesn't speak a lot, but you know he always gives everything he has for the Springbok jersey.
They have won eight of their 11 encounters at the ground, with the New Zealanders' last victory at Ellis Park dating back to 1997 when they beat the Boks 35-32.
15 Zane Kirchner, 14
Willie le Roux, 13 JJ Engelbrecht/Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers
(captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane
Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben
Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
16, Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19
Franco van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 Pat Lambie, 23
Jan Serfontein/Juan de Jongh
Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian
Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw
(captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie
Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Dane
Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Sam Cane,
21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles Piutau