Watch All blacks vs Springboks Live Stream Online Free TV,New Zealand vs. South Africa Live Stream Online Rugby Match Free HD..After a pair of wins over the Wallabies on either side of the Tasman, the All Blacks went three-from-three in the Rugby Championship with last weekend’s come-from-behind triumph against Argentina. As Steve Hansen’s men prepare to try and extend that perfect record against old rivals South Africa, we break down five of the biggest talking points.
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BATTLE OF THE BIG BOYS
With both first-choice props Joe Moody and Owen Franks on the injured list, the All Blacks selectors surprised a few when they gave Kane Hames the No 1 jersey and retained 64-test veteran Wyatt Crockett in his impact role off the bench. Hames has just two tests (both off the bench), tighthead partner Nepo Laulala just six.
The good news for Kiwi fans is the Springboks have prop injury troubles of their own, with Hames actually having double the caps of his opposite Ruan Dreyer. Laulala is likely in for a sterner examination from 93-cap loosehead Tendai “The Beast” Mtawarira, while the latest step in Dane Coles’ journey back to his brilliant best faces opposition from rising young star Malcolm Marx. A tricky battle in which to pick a winner, even for a master of rugby’s dark arts.
Will they? Won’t they? And if they do, how much? Ever since the British and Irish Lions used it to help them draw their test series in New Zealand earlier this year, the ability of the All Blacks to deal with a rushing defence has not disappeared as a topic of discussion. Beauden Barrett, who hinted they had probably been standing too flat, reckoned his side could expect the South African defence to come charging.
Historically, the Boks have not been shy in employing the tactic and given the All Blacks intermittent stutters this season in attack, expect that to continue. It all comes down to who executes best, get things slightly wrong and either team will be punished.
Rush defence may be familiar to the visitors but a tendency they are much more widely known for is peppering the opposition back three. That also just happens to be an area where the All Blacks had their struggles last weekend as stand-in fullback Damian McKenzie failed to field high kicks on at least two occasions, leading to territory gains for the Pumas. Add in McKenzie and right-wing Nehe Milner-Skudder not being the tallest players going around and South Africa are sure to test the hosts frequently in that department.
“He’ll get high ball, and we expect him to catch that,” Hansen said of Milner-Skudder this week. “And we want him to work with Damian so Damian is not having to try and cover everything with the high ball catch like he did last week”.
The main objective for both teams, of course, is Rugby Championship competition points. An All Blacks win means they would almost certainly have to lose in Buenos Aires to relinquish the silverware, while the Springboks will know they must prevail to keep their hopes alive. Delve deeper, though, and there is more to it for either side.
After the disappointment of the Lions series and their battles to consistently met the high standards they themselves and the New Zealand rugby public set, Saturday is a chance for the All Blacks to find something much closer to that complete performance they are forever chasing. For a young and rejuvenated South African squad, bouncing back impressively from a horror 2016, the opportunity presents to prove that progress against the world’s best team. More than enough motivation for both to suggest an entertaining encounter.