Having never played against the All Blacks before, Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys says facing the haka in Durban on Saturday will probably psych him up more than anything else.
Redelinghuys, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Argentina game before the Springboks faced the All Blacks in the first leg, has seven Test caps to his name – but none against the world champs.
And he can’t wait to face the Ka Mate or the Kapa o Pango on Saturday. Redelinghuys tells Superrugby: “It’s going to be my first game [against the All Blacks], and I am really looking
forward to it.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge, but I think it is the one game you live for – to play against the All Blacks.
“To stand in front of the haka, I think they are going to psych us up more than themselves. I can’t wait.”
With the All Blacks already having their names engraved on he Rugby Championship trophy, this match is all but a dead rubber.
Not having lost in 16 outings, a win for the Kiwis will see them go 17 on the trot — equalling the world record.
Redelinghuys, though, says they too have lots to play for.
He explains: “It’s going to be a big game for them. But for us it is a big game too.
“We want to keep the momentum [gained from last weekend’s 18-10 win over Australia].
“You want to play against the best at their best and we prefer it like that.”
Having come off the bench against the Wallabies last weekend, Redelinghuys and prop partner Steven Kitshoff did well when replacing Vincent Koch and Beast Mtawarira.
Redelinghuys, however, says the four props work as a unit and explains: “It is a team effort. We talk about it all the time, they have to make them soft and we will finish the job.
“Every praise to Beast and Vince that did their job up front from the start.
“So when Kitsie and I took the field, we could just carry on with the momentum.”.