NZ not taking Boks lightly

2011-07-26 19:42

Cape Town - All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith says they won’t underestimate the Springboks ahead of their Tri-Nations clash in Wellington on Saturday.

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Smith says not too much should be read into the Springboks' 39-20 defeat at the hands of Australia.

"I think they've got plenty of talent. If they've got anything near the feeling we have in our team then they'll be hungry. It will be a contest for spots in their team, just as it is in ours," said Smith on the All website.

He feels limited preparation could have played a part in the Boks' below-par performance.

"I think their performance was like ours (against Fiji) on the back of three or four training runs. I think they were rusty.

"We've seen them beaten over there before and come over and play really well here so we've just got to make sure that we look after our performance."

Fullback Mils Muliaina echoed Smith's sentiments, stating the Boks could not be taken lightly, despite missing several front-line players.

"I think they'll be hurting. They know themselves that they didn't play as well as they can and we know in our camp how much better they can get.

"It was practically their first run together and coming to Wellington they're going to bring their 'A' game and we're looking forward to it," said Muliaina.


  • BringITon007 - 2011-07-26 19:51

    We need the "A" TEAM not this teams A game...LOL

      Karoobloed - 2011-07-27 02:31

      Not sure if the A team is much better - all will be revealed in due time. Boks and supporters take note of how unfailingly humble the ABs are - a sign of real confidence.

      Can-Iwi - 2011-07-27 04:33

      Maybe get Rassie Erasmus to send the 21 "injured" players privately training in Rustenberg then :)

      Paddy - 2011-07-27 05:37

      They better not seeing that VETSAK Smit is 120kg+..Lol! The AB’s will win this test with 50+ points.

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-07-26 20:37

    We need a new coach, new flyhalf and a new gameplan!

  • StBad - 2011-07-26 20:47

    StBad - Just posted Report comment Thoughts on the game against Aus (feedback please): I know it's old news but watched last night's reply i) with the pace of the game we need better, faster, more skilled 9,10,12 combo ii) our defense is absolutley no where 0/10 iii) our players fall in the tackle, no one breaks a tackle and def no one there to pick up the off load iv) on that note: Deysel isn't that amazing v) Rallapelle made a difference when he came on vi) we lack skills, Ausie backline is freakishly skilled vii) the game has changed, SA haven't viii) de Jongh is good on attack but is a bit out of his league against such a talented Aus backline ix) forwards aren't performing, backline has no chance x) I have confidence that with the way we adapted late in the game that things will get better

      jochem - 2011-07-26 21:26

      I don't think the Aussie backline is all that freakishly skilled; they are quite skilled, yes, but the Bok backs are so bloody unskilled that they make them look that much better! If we get excited about backs like De Jongh (and some guys even Jacobs!) we have problems. Most of our guys wouldn't smell a NZ B-team.

      toppy - 2011-07-27 14:23

      100 % spot on one thing to add, when someone does break the line, support runners are nowhere to be seen. Its one thing to have instinct, its another to know the instincts of your team-mates too.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-07-26 21:02

    This article is encouraging us in SA to watch the match. What is the point to watch ? We are going to lose .....right ? I was done with watching the boks last weekend.

      Rapier - 2011-07-26 21:44

      Come watch......please :-) - see? That wasn't so tough was it?

      GREG - 2011-07-27 01:21

      People like you need to find a hole and live out the rest of your sad, pessimistic life without putting everyone else through the agony of listening to your whinging. You say you are done watching the boks... who cares? Is that supposed to mean something? apart from the fact that you are a crybaby.

  • slg - 2011-07-26 21:13

    I for one will not be watching the Proteas take on the All Blacks

  • Lefty - 2011-07-26 21:40

    Verrassing vir jou Mils - die ouens van ons het nie 'n "A" plan nie, nog "A" afrigters!!!!

  • Piping hot! - 2011-07-27 02:46

    This is going to be a nail biting game of note!!

      Paddy - 2011-07-27 05:38

      Yeah right mate!

  • Wayne - 2011-07-27 06:38

    Nice positive input from the Kiwis. de Villiers could learn a thing or three from these guys about diplomacy.

  • Boxxer - 2011-07-27 08:35

    The only realistic chance the Bok's have is if the ball bounces like it did for the French in the '09 RWC against NZ.

      Mike - 2011-07-27 10:05

      Ah yes, the good ol '09 RWC, good times (: Shows how little you know about the sport. In rugby, if 1 side is better than the other, that side will always win. Only evenly matched sides can be seperated by the bounce of the ball or a ref call.

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