All eyes on Boks’ Goosen

2012-10-02 15:25

All Black assistant coach Ian Foster said they are under no illusion as to what to expect in their
final Rugby Championships fixture against the Springboks.

The match will take place at Soweto’s FNB Stadium on Saturday.

“They (the Springboks) seem to have got a lot of confidence from the way they played last week, but for us, our processes remain the same,” he said.

“We want to keep to our own game.”

After beating a good Argentina side 54-15 in Buenos Aires, the All Blacks’ focus is now on the new Springbok flyhalf Johan Goosen.

Foster said the match will be a test of the 20-year-old’s temperament and ability.

“He had a good campaign with the Cheetahs in Super Rugby and he is a fine goal-kicker and South Africa has quite a few of them,” Foster said.

“He is a good all-round player and he is finding his feet at international level. This one on Saturday will be a pretty big one for him.”

With a change in flyhalf came a change in tactic for the Boks and it is something Foster noticed. He did say that South Africa would not depart much from a formula that once served them very well.

It’s a game plan that New Zealand has countered very effectively through the selection of their back three.

“They had a lot of success with Morne Steyn there and I guess the formula they had with him in Dunedin they were not that happy with and they changed it,” he said.

“We are still expecting the odd high ball. We are still expecting a tough physical battle through their forwards. Some things won’t change.”

» Kick-off is at 5pm.

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