While the Springboks looked to express themselves with some sound attacking play in their 31-8 win over the Wallabies, they are wary about bringing the same open approach to Soweto.
Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer would have no doubt [removed]ysed the tapes where Argentina tried to be more expansive against the All Blacks, and perhaps this approach led to their downfall as the World Champions stretched their legs.
Meyer felt that the Springboks could not hope to defeat the All Blacks by playing them at their own game.
"You will never beat New Zealand at their own game,” he said.
“(And) you'll never out-run them.”
“You have to put pressure on them, especially at the breakdown, in defence and with your kicking game."
Meyer said that the side did take their chances against the Wallabies, but said that doing so against the All Blacks was crucial if they were to win.
"We were clinical at times (against Australia),” he said.
“But we'll need to be even more clinical against the All Blacks and if the game opens up, probably use the ball even more.”
Meyer felt that the Springboks put in their best game in Pretoria against the Wallabies, but said the All Blacks, despite their offensive prowess, were just as good without the ball in hand.
"It was a good performance, definitely the most satisfying of the year,” he said.
“That was the type of rugby we want to play. Our defence was also the best it's been the whole year. We had 96 per cent completion rate and only missed seven tackles.
"New Zealand like to run from deep, they have great game-breakers and they are a settled side, so obviously we will want to create space and get quick ball. But they are a quality side and it will be difficult to create opportunities against them because they have a solid defence and they have had the same personnel for five or six years. So we have to be more patient, tactically astute and build phases."