All Blacks coach Graham Henry is convinced the Springboks will not be as inept when they clash in their Tri-Nations encounter next Saturday.
Henry and co-coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith were in Brisbane to watch the Wallabies smash the woeful Springboks 49-0 at the weekend.
Given New Zealand’s 32-12 victory over Australia a week earlier, the omens point to a resounding All Blacks victory, but Henry rejected that when the team assembled in Wellington.
“They had a disappointing game at the weekend and I’m not sure why that is,” Henry told reporters. “We just wonder if they’ll bounce back at the weekend or not. I’d imagine they’ll play a lot better.”
Henry said Springbok coach Jake White and his players would be hurting, and the way to take out their frustrations would be on the field.
“They’re very big and physical and they really put a lot of pressure on you as a physical group.”
Henry said the return match against the Wallabies, also in Brisbane on July 29, would clearly be a “huge match”, and the Australians had to be admired for the way they bounced back from their humbling a week earlier.
“You have to take your hat off to them, they played exceptionally well,” he said. “It’s the best I’ve seen the Australians play for a long time.”