All Blacks coach Graham Henry has urged his players to maintain their composure against the Boks in Dunedin.
Last weekend in Wellington, the Springboks were guilty of a few late hits in a bruising encounter – notably flyhalf Butch James who seemed to target Dan Carter.
Henry, in his final pre-match press conference on Friday, stressed the importance of his players maintaining their composure in what is expected to be a heated rematch.
“I think discipline is a very important part of sport and a very important part of international rugby,” Henry told the media in Dunedin. “If you lose your discipline, you won’t play as well as you should and there will be consequences as you do.
“So I think teams playing with discipline is critical and is something that we stress; we stress during the game and at halftime. And also we are role models for other young athletes as well, which means it is very important we play the game within the law and play with discipline.”
The House of Pain encounter is sure to be another physical one and will no doubt see some committed tackling from both sides.