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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen surely won’t need to walk around the team hotel with a face like thunder in the days ahead.
Absolutely not. It just wouldn’t make sense to have to go to such lengths.
Forget, for a moment, the All Blacks’ unconvincing 20-16 win over the Pumas with an under-strength team in Buenos Aires on Sunday morning.
Because the Springboks will be in town for the next Rugby Championship assignment, and they will aim to send a message before the two countries collide in their opening World Cup pool match in Yokohama on September 21.
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The All Blacks only need to recall their game against the Springboks in Wellington last year to raise the goose bumps.
That ended with a shock 36-34 defeat at Westpac Stadium, their first loss to the mighty foe in New Zealand since 2009.
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