Boks to hit All Blacks with all they’ve got

Daily Dispatch - - Sport - RUGBY

they still en­dured fur­ther night­mares.

Hav­ing not lost a game this year, Etze­beth said they were in a bet­ter frame of mind, even though the All Blacks are still a dan­ger­ous team.

“I do think the guys will be ready and we’ll be look­ing for­ward to the game. We have to be at our best to make sure we do well on Satur­day [tod said Etze­beth.

“It took us a cou­ple of months to re­cover from that loss and it re­ally hurt. It wasn’t about the de­feat against the All Blacks, it was about the whole year, but we’ve put that be­hind us and we were look­ing for­ward to this year and this year has gone well. The game is go­ing to be our big­gest chal­lenge of the year.”

The sta­bil­ity the Boks have main­tained has been cru­cial for them in a time when the wheels could have come off in a bad way.

The Boks had one headache to deal with yes­ter­day and that was the with­drawal of Ross Cronje from the match­day 23 due to a stom­ach bug. Fran­cois Hougaard will get an­other start while Rudy Paige moves to the bench. The All Blacks’ un­beaten home record against the Boks doesn’t worry Etze­beth.

“Once you jog onto the field, what­ever records you may have had dis­ap­pear from your head. You’re not look­ing to break records. You want to win the Test match. I know they want to win the Test match and so do we. Records don’t count for much.”

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