Kiwis fear backlash from SA

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September 13, 2016
Kiwis fear backlash from SA

WARY OF THE BOKKE: Flank Kaino

'Confidence or complacency definitely doesn’t fit into our ?thinking.' — Kaino

The All Blacks expect a backlash from the Springboks when the two teams clash in Christchurch this weekend.

Unbeaten so far in the Rugby Championship, the world champs are firm favourites to run wild against their struggling visitors.

But flanker Jerome Kaino believes South Africa will up their game against their traditional rivals.

Kaino tells Stuff New Zealand: “Confidence or complacency 
definitely doesn’t fit into our 
thinking.

“We don’t really focus too much on the results and what they’ve been through.

“We know every time the 
Springboks play the All Blacks it’s always been tight.”

The 33-year-old Kaino believes coach Allister Coetzee’s team would have learnt from the way Argentina put the New Zealanders under pressure this past weekend and adds: “We know the Argies put us under a lot of pressure and South Africa would have put that under a microscope and they’ll try and put that into practice at the weekend.

“They put us under a lot of 
pressure through our heart with their offloads. I’m sure they’ll [SA] have a little bit of that in their game at the weekend.”

Of what the Kiwis can improve on, Kaino says: “Attitude and physicality is at the top of the list.”

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