The All Blacks captain reveals what he learned the most last week. Video / All Blacks
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Everything you need to know ahead of the All Blacks clash against the Springboks at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast, kicks off at 11:05 pm:
The return of Anton Lienert-Brown in the back and Luke Jacobson in the forwards has slightly reshaped the All Blacks squad which will face the Springboks in the Rugby Championship final on the Queensland Gold Coast tonight.
Lienert-Brown missed last weekend’s opener against South Africa with hamstring strain and Jacobson was forfeited at the last minute with an upset stomach. New Zealand won the match 19-17 to claim the league title.
Lienert-Brown will take his place in the center, forcing Rieko Ioane to move from there to the left wing. Jacobson returns to No.8 which means captain Ardie Savea will play on the open flank and Akira Ioane on the blind side. The tight five is unchanged.
Head coach Ian Foster made two key personnel changes in the baseline, appointing Sevu Reece on the right wing in place of Will Jordan – the All Blacks’ lone scorer last weekend – and Brad Weber in front of TJ Perenara at the half-back.
Perenara falls on the bench with Ethan Blackadder who played in Jacobson’s place last weekend.
The top five Richie Mo’unga returns to Matchday 23 on the bench after recently joining the team after completing isolation. Mo’unga was a late start from New Zealand because his wife was expecting a baby and missed previous New Zealand league games.
Beauden Barrett will start again at n ° 10.
Some of Foster’s changes are clearly aimed at addressing obvious issues in New Zealand’s performance last week. While they expected a barrage of tall balls from the Springboks, they didn’t take up this challenge as well as they should.
Winger George Bridge, who dropped the kick that led to South Africa’s only try, started in Game 23.
Foster opted for Weber, who offers faster delivery from the half-back, and Jacobson, who provides additional physical presence on the loose. Reece is adept at fielding high balls and quickly turning defense into offense.
“We learned a few lessons last week,” Foster said. “We didn’t take care of the ball as well as we could and some of our ruck work wasn’t as good as we wanted it to be. We need to improve our performance in this area and the team are keen on that. May it go well. This weekend. “
New Zealand’s victory last weekend in their 100th test against South Africa decided this year’s championship. But Foster says they’re still keen to end this part of their season with a strong performance.
“The energy level is high in the team,” he said. “This is our fifth test in a row and we are very motivated ahead of another big test against South Africa and the last test of the championship.”
Earlier this week, Springboks coach Jacques Nienaber opted for consistency with just two injury changes on Matchday 23.
Pillar Frans Malherbe and replacement striker Marco van Staden are injured. Ox Nche is for Malherbe, although Nche will start on the lost heads side. Trevor Nyakane passes to the tight header and Jasper Wiese has been called up to replace Van Staden on the bench.
Winger Cheslin Kolbe was in line to make his comeback with a leg injury that ruled him out of South Africa’s two losses to Australia and the loss to New Zealand at the weekend latest.
All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Brad Weber, Luke Jacobson, Ardie Savea (c), Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.
Reserves: Asafo Aumua, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Damian McKenzie.
South Africa: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (c), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nche.
Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn.
Last five tests
2018: All Blacks 34, Springboks 36, Wellington
2018: All Blacks 32, Springboks 30, Pretoria
2019: All Blacks 16, Springboks 16, Wellington
2019: All Blacks 23, Springboks 13, Yokohama
2021: All Blacks 19, Springboks 17, Townsville
All Blacks: $ 1.24
Springboks: $ 4.15
Starting points: -10.5 All Blacks
Clear, sunny and warm weather is forecast for the Gold Coast on Saturday evening.
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