All Blacks praise proud Springboks

All Blacks praise proud Springboks

All Blacks praise proud Springboks

Despite Springbok coach Allister Coetzee publicly writing off his side's chances, Hansen believes that behind the scenes they will be seething over their 57-0 humiliation when they played the All Blacks in New Zealand last month.

Australia's second-place finish in this year's edition of the Rugby Championship has seen them climb to third in the rankings at the expense of Ireland and South Africa.

'The young fellas all came in and we played extraordinary rugby and it was a breeze, ' he said.

South Africa fired back with a try five minutes later through flanker Jean-Luc du Preez but just when you think the All Blacks are on the back foot, they create something out of nothing and score a scintillating try.

"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks".

Australia ended with 15 points after two wins, two draws and two defeats.

"While it's necessary for us to try and anticipate what they're going to bring to the match, it's more important for us to focus on what we're going to bring to the encounter".

The champs also came through after losing playmaker Beauden Barrett to a head knock midway through the first half, and risky winger Nehe Milner-Skudder to a dislocated right shoulder at the end of the half. "They have a massive work ethic. In that game we took every opportunity, and tonight we didn't", he said. We understand what we do when we do it.

"To do that you've got to play a good team". They are a quality side when they get that roll on and momentum and it was hard for us to stem that so we'll look at how we can do that later on'.

Their level dropped off in the second half against the Pumas and was indicative of a season where the team has failed to sustain their performance for 80 minutes.

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams, on social media, thanks the Springboks and South African fans for a Test match the All Blacks wouldn't forget in a hurry.

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