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Springboks to lift intensity after Auckland flop

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WELLINGTON — A slight lift in intensity should help the Springboks get back into the Tri-Nations title hunt when they face a resurgent All Blacks in Wellington tomorrow, South African lock Victor Matfield has said.
The world champions were outmuscled, placed under constant pressure and struggled to match the All Blacks’ high-octane game plan during their 32-12 thrashing in the opening Tri-Nations match last week in Auckland.
Captain John Smit and coach Peter de Villiers both said after the match at Eden Park they would not panic as they felt they could not play much worse and everything was able to be fixed, something echoed by their players this week.
“They did a lot of things right but I must say, we also weren’t there 100%” Matfield told reporters yesterday.
“We were probably about 97% and we know in these games if you’re one or two percent off your game, you will get smashed.” — Reuters

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