30 Jul 2011

Boks and All Blacks all geared up to do battle

1:46 pm on 30 July 2011

The All Blacks are relishing the prospect of facing a rattled Springboks team when the arch rivals continue their World Cup build-ups in tonight's Tri-nations rugby clash in Wellington.

The lop-sided nature of the rival line-ups gives the All Blacks an ideal opportunity to fine-tune a new game plan while the Springboks focus on blooding depth in their squad.

More than half the All Blacks run-on side will likely start at the World Cup but the "B" strength Springboks have only four starting players with eight or more caps.

However captain John Smit, who stands out like a beacon with 104 caps, does expect the Boks to perform better than they did against Australia last weekend.