30 Aug 2011

Springboks coach still rates All Blacks favourites

7:51 am on 30 August 2011

The South Africa rugby coach Peter de Villiers says hosts New Zealand remain Rugby World Cup favourites despite suffering two consecutive Tri-Nations defeats.

The All Blacks surrendered the Tri-nations title following a 25-20 defeat in Australia last Saturday, one week after they fell by 13 points to the Springboks in Port Elizabeth.

De Villiers says to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand will be very tough and they remain favourites for the World Cup.


But he warns if the pressure in New Zealand gets to the team, then it could affect the way they play.

De Villiers rates New Zealand favourites despite an impressive showing by the Wallabies last Saturday.

He says Australia got it right last Saturday - they cut down on the space available to New Zealand because both teams like to play expansively.