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All Blacks are fancied to power clear by end

Home flanker Cane can cross South Africa tryline

Sam Cane goes on the charge for the Al Blacks against the Biritsh & Irish Lions
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New Zealand v South Africa
Sky Sports Action, 8.35am Saturday

Before the British & Irish Lions in July, South Africa were the last side to beat the All Blacks in New Zealand seven years ago.

The 15-2 Springboks will run out in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore, where they beat Samoa 13-5 in a feisty 2011 World Cup pool-stage battle, in fine heart.

They won all three June Tests at home to France before begin­ning the Rugby Championship with cosy back-to-back wins over Argentina and drawing last Saturday’s scrap with Australia 23-23 in Perth.

Away coach Allister Coetzee names seven players who have been at the forefront of the Johannesburg-based Lions' surge to back-to-back Super Rugby finals.

The Boks pushed the world champions hard in their 2015 Twickenham semi-final and on their penultimate visit in 2014. On both occasions, conditions were not conducive to expansive passing or attacking tactics.

Showers should clear before kick-off at the QBE Stadium but the ground may still be tacky and strong, swirling gusts of wind are forecast.

However, South Africa side are still evolving after the retire­ment of several legends two years ago and it is hard to forget how bad they were defensively through­out last year – not just in their clashes with the All Blacks, which they lost 41-13 and 57-15.

Take New Zealand to give up a start of nine-and-a-half points on the second-half handicap and their openside flanker Sam Cane to score a try.

The All Blacks powered away from the Pumas after the break in last Saturday's 39-22 success in New Plymouth and three weeks ago won the second half of their 35-29 Dunedin classic with the Wallabies by nine points. Cane's strength and astute support lines have been running under the radar this international season.

Championship standings (pld/pts): New Zealand 3/14, South Africa 3/11, Australia 3/3, Argentina 3/0.

Recommendations
New Zealand -9.5 on second-half handicap
2pts 10-11 Paddy Power
S Cane to score a try
1pt 11-4 general


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It is hard to forget how bad South Africa were defensively through­out last year
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