Hansen: Boks have grown another arm and a leg

Steve Hansen (Getty)
Steve Hansen (Getty)

Cape Town - All Black coach Steve Hansen is fully aware of the challenge that awaits his side against the Springboks in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Boks are coming off back-to-back Rugby Championship victories against the All Blacks in Wellington and Australia in Port Elizabeth, and despite his side having already secured the 2018 tournament title, Hansen knows that the Boks are growing all the time.

"They're a pretty confident side at the moment," he said after naming his side for Saturday's clash at Loftus.

"The Boks have grown another arm and a leg since they knocked us over and I thought they played really well against Australia. They'll be looking forward to fronting up again on Saturday."

The rivalry between the sides has been subdued in recent years given the All Blacks' dominance, but the Wellington win means that it will be back to its most fierce at Loftus.

"We've got two teams that are going to go at it ... two big bulls in the bull pen and it's last man standing," Hansen said.

"That's what Test match rugby is all about and I think that's what the fans want to see too, really close games.

"Our job now is to try and turn the tables on them, but they're really confident and they'll be hard to beat."

Kick-off is at 17:05.


South Africa (probable)

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: TBA

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe

Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Ryan Crotty

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