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All Blacks continue dominance over Boks


The team suffered a first loss on home soil this year when they were edged 25-24 by the All Blacks, who finished the Rugby Championship undefeated and retained the title they won in 2016.

"That they were totally committed was the prevalent thing to take away from the game and it shows our processes are on track".

"What I mean by that is mentally, for them, they were all coming in trying to test themselves and say 'listen, we don't need (retired captain Richie) McCaw and (Conrad) Smith and all these guys, we can still do this". "We just needed two points".

"It was really pleasing to come back from that 57-0 drubbing which we never felt defined this team".

"The players are enjoying playing for the Springboks".

"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".

"We saw that we have to be in the right mind set when we play them, otherwise we're vulnerable". We understand what we do when we do it.

"Saturday is another huge opportunity for us to continue to grow as a team and build on our cohesion".

He was instrumental on defence and with ball in hand and also won several penalties at the breakdown which got the Springboks out of trouble on countless occasions.

'You get greater pleasure when you see people performing under pressure.

Their next assignment is a dead rubber Bledisloe Cup test against a Wallabies outfit who are the big movers on the latest rankings released by World Rugby.

The All Blacks have extended their lead at the top of the world rugby rankings as they edge closer to eight straight years in the number one spot.

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. That is what we are looking for.

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