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Boks ready for "ultimate challenge"

13th September 2013 10:03

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Jean de Villiers: Feels nothing is impossible

South Africa are confident that they can break open fortress Eden Park when they face New Zealand there on Saturday.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said beating the world champions on their home turf is "the ultimate challenge" while the hosts see the game as their toughest since winning the World Cup two years ago at the same ground.

Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers believes the All Blacks' incredible home record is there to be broken. De Villiers said he rated his side's preparation for the Test between the world's top two sides as their "best ever".

History is stacked against the South Africans, with the All Blacks on a 30-match winning streak at Eden Park, a venue where the Springboks last won 76 years ago.

The All Blacks have not lost in New Zealand since 2009 when the Springboks beat them 32-29 in Hamilton, and that result, said de Villiers, has proved a huge motivating factor.

"It just shows nothing is impossible," he explained.

"It's first of all a massive challenge but secondly one that we can really look forward to."

While the Springboks are buoyant, the All Blacks, who will be without injured skipper Richie McCaw, have toned down their pre-match rhetoric.

"The team that executes their game with the greatest effectiveness, clarity and intensity will be the one that comes out on top," said coach Steve Hansen.

Although the All Blacks have won all six Tests they have played this year, stand-in captain Kieran Read acknowledged they are yet to produce a complete performance.

"But we're confident in our abilities and know that we can play a lot better than we have done," he said.

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1New Zealand622
2South Africa619
3Australia611
4Argentina67