The All Blacks are not a bridge over troubled waters for the Springboks but they still represent a significant challenge ahead of Saturday’s Test at Loftus Versfeld. The Springboks were not expected to win in Wellington three weeks ago, but they did. By extension, the expectation has swelled and the 23-12 win against the Wallabies in Port Elizabeth last week has put the Boks under pressure. The Rugby Championship may be out of reach after New Zealand took care of Argentina on Sunday but the 97th encounter between SA and New Zealand has a different level of expectancy now. Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus said they have been happy to improve but they need to get the business done between the four lines.

He also made three changes to the side that beat Australia, with Francois Louw, Damian de Allende and Steven Kitshoff coming in for Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Andre Esterhuizen and Tendai "Beast" Mtawarira. "If we’re going to win again, it’s progress, and I think that’s what we’ve been st...

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