Heading into Saturday’s Test in Christchurch the All Blacks were not buying into comments by critics that the Boks would somehow be cannon fodder for the world champions this time around.
“We know how much they’ll be hurting and that’s dangerous for us so we have to, from the first minute, have our intensity right and be ready to match that,” Barrett told the All Blacks’ official website.
“We’ve faced it before.”
For All Blacks inside centre Ryan Crotty, there was a special feeling about playing the Springboks, and even better to be starting against them in his home town.
“The Springboks are a wounded beast at the moment and we know they are going to bring intensity from the start on Saturday,” he said.
And having already been pitted against the Lions inside back combination of scrum-half Faf de Klerk and fly-half Elton Jantjies, he was well aware of what they were capable of.
They were likely to continue playing the expansive rugby the Lions had played and that would be good because it was a style of rugby he liked to play as well.
Of Jantjies, Crotty said: “He’s got a great skill set, he can kick, he can run, he’s got a good off-loading game so he can be difficult if we don’t contain him.”