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Ellis Park epic: Boks should have All Blacks' number, but 'special' history muddles plot

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Sam Cane caged by Siya Kolisi. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)
Sam Cane caged by Siya Kolisi. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

For the first time since 2009, when Peter de Villiers' legendary vintage claimed the then Tri-Nations title by blanking the New Zealanders 3-0, South Africa go into a Test against the All Blacks as overwhelming favourites.

It's a tag that sits uncomfortably with the Boks, ostensibly because it runs the risk of breeding complacency, but also because it's simply not in the national team's DNA over generations of players.

Not that it's stopped an expectant rugby public from adopting far loftier expectations when the two teams meet at Ellis Park for a Rugby Championship battle that should ensure another compelling entry is written into the annals of a 101-year tussle.

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