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South Africa's final Tri-Nations game against an under-strength New Zealand is "almost do-or-die" for the struggling world champion Springboks, says scrumhalf Fourie du Preez.
South Africa have no room to celebrate a final home Test for two of their greatest players, as the Springboks aim to seize their last chance to put right a faltering World Cup run-in with victory over New Zealand in the Tri-Nations.
Springbok wing Odwa Ndungane scored a brace of second-half tries as the Sharks overcame a wretched first-half display on their way to a stuttering 23-3 Currie Cup victory over the Leopards in Durban on Friday.
Western Province ended the Lions' unbeaten run when they edged them 28-26 in a pulsating Currie Cup fixture at Newlands on Friday.
The Blue Bulls put their Currie Cup campaign firmly back on track with an emphatic 44-20 win over a hapless Griquas team in Pretoria on Friday.
New Zealand won't get carried away with predictions of Tri-Nations and World Cup success and will take care of "what's in front of us", stand-in skipper Keven Mealamu said on Friday.
The Springboks will not be distracted by the upcoming World Cup when they take on the All Blacks in a Tri-Nations Test on Saturday, according to stand-in captain Victor Matfield.
Beaten by the Flying Fijians last weekend, the Ikale Tahi beat Fiji at Churchill Park in Lautoka 32-20 on Friday night. The Fijians had won 27-12 at the same venue.
Wallaby youngster James O'Connor could miss next week's Bledisloe Cup showdown with the All Blacks in Brisbane after missing a public team appearance in Sydney.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry is throwing fuel on the fire that has the Springboks under growing pressure to produce a strong performance on Saturday.
Wales are targetting victory over Argentina on Saturday as they look to build precious momentum going into the World Cup next month.
The Ospreys have handed first professional contracts to the highly-rated teenage duo of Emyr Williams and Matthew Morgan who have come through the player development pathway at the region.
Springbok pickpocket Heinrich Brüssow has hardly seen any game-time this year as he has been sidelined by injury, but the ball thief from Bloemfontein is confident that he will hit his stride in time for the World Cup.
South Africa, as a team, must enforced themselves on their New Zealand rivals if they want to avoid a Tri-Nations whitewash.
In a warm-up match before the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Japan play the USA Eagles at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo.
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