Despite the fact that the Springboks were comprehensively outplayed in their opening Tri-Nations match against Australia, All Black flank Jerome Kaino is convinced that they remain a threat for his team.
Much has been made of the percieved strength of the Springbok squad currently on tour in Australasia, and many critics would have felt vindicated by their sub-standard performance in Sydney, but Kaino is adamant that the All Blacks will not take them lightly in Wellington this weekend.
The physical loose forward told Sportal: "I know a lot of them based on this year's Super 15, I've seen a lot of what their players have done. People don't rate the players that they've picked to travel over here but in my mind I definitely see a lot of them as threat. I see their team as a good team.
"They showed towards the end (of the Australia game) how if they get their game going how dangerous they are.
"I don't think we are going to read too much into the scoreboard but they definitely have a lot of threats in their team. I just thought the Australians played really well and stopped them from getting their game going," he said.
Although he does not expect South Africa's tactical approach to differ too much when they face the All Blacks this weekend, Kaino said that his team would have to be wary of the potential game-breakers in the Springbok set-up.
"From what I saw last night it didn't seem any different to what they've done in the past. But they've got a lot of players who can create things from nothing, like the wingers and also some of the forwards that they brought off the bench like [Ryan] Kankowski and Jean Deysel. Those players are X-factor players," he explained.
The All Blacks were unhappy with the quality of possession that they got in their 60-14 victory over Fiji on Friday and Kaino said that they will be working hard on their approach to the breakdown this week.
"The Fijians played really well in slowing our ball down and we couldn’t really get our game going effectively with the slow ball that we were getting," Kaino said. "That's a huge focus for us this week, to be able to recycle our ball a lot better and hopefully get our game going."
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