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Springboks and All Blacks prepare for rugby clash

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:07

Etzebeth says past results don't matter as Springboks prepare to take on the All Blacks

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SHOWS: AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND (SEPTEMBER 15, 2017) (TVNZ - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND Digital: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY NEW ZEALAND OR AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA SPRINGBOKS CAPTAIN, EBEN ETZEBETH, SAYING: "I must say, when.... once you jog onto the field, any records or so - that disappears out of your head. You don't really look to break records. I think you just want to win the test match. So I know they would want to win the test match tomorrow and so do we, so I think records doesn't count for much." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICA SPRINGBOKS CAPTAIN EBEN ETZEBETH SAYING: "The whole team is really, you can see they're really gelling better and we're playing for each other. Yeah, I think just good preparation at the start of the year. Everyone knows where they fall into the old plan, so yeah just overall better, better system and better spirits in the team." 4. WHITE FLASH 5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND ALL BLACKS PLAYER, OFA TU'UNGAFASI SAYING: "We do, we do try to get better, you know, there are things that we work on from previous games. And I'll tell you that, the boys are hungry like, you know, to get better and always try to improve things that didn't go well." STORY: All Blacks-Springboks clashes have a special place in the history of test rugby but talk of traditions, past records and ground hoodoos means little when the players cross the whitewash, according to South Africa skipper Eben Etzebeth on Friday (September 15). A hardened lock very much in the mould of the generations of players who have occupied the Springboks second row, the 25-year-old sees Saturday's (September 16) Rugby Championship test at North Harbour Stadium as just 46 blokes going hammer and tongs on a patch of grass. The All Blacks say they are ready to keep improving. "The boys are hungry," said All Blacks player Ofa Tu'ungafasi on Friday as the team participated in a community rugby event. Of the 42 tests played in New Zealand between the two teams since 1921, South Africa have won just nine, and only three of those - two in 2009 - have come in the 25 games since sporting ties resumed after apartheid ended in 1992. But the Springboks have enjoyed a resurgence this year under Allister Coetzee and are unbeaten in six games with five wins and last week's 23-23 draw with the Wallabies.

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Springboks and All Blacks prepare for rugby clash

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 01:07