Read relishing Ellis Park challenge

Date published: July 22 2015

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All Blacks number eight Kieran Read believes his side will receive a hostile reception when they face the Springboks on Saturday.

Read expects the Springboks supporters at Ellis Park in Johannesburg to taunt the All Blacks throughout their Rugby Championship Test but will be unfazed by it.

"I know the crowd will certainly be baying for our blood," he said.

"Once you get on the field, it pretty much becomes white noise to be honest, and in some ways they could be screaming for you.

"It's hard to know exactly what is being said."

Ellis Park is a happy hunting ground for the Boks who claimed a memorable 27-25 victory there over the All Blacks in the corresponding fixture last year.

Although the home side will be without stalwarts like Victor Matfield, Jean de Villiers, Duane Vermeulen, Frans Steyn and Willem Alberts, Read is preparing for another epic battle this weekend.

"Experience really does matter in the big games, knowing the conditions we will be facing and the hostility we will find at the ground," added Read.

"You have to impart it on the whole squad. It is a fun place to play as well and if you haven't been there you will enjoy it."

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