The All Blacks will resume their Tri-Nations onslaught with a training session in Cape Town on Monday, when coach Graham Henry and his henchmen will set about preparing their squad for Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at Newlands.
Rugby 365 reports that New Zealand’s squad arrived in the Mother City late on Friday, although three members of the coaching staff stayed behind in Johannesburg, where they watched the Springboks demolish Argentina 63-9 at the weekend.
Backline coach Wayne Smith, kicking mentor Mick Burn and scrum guru Mike Cron returned straight after the match and checked in at their Table Bay hotel later on Saturday.
Head Graham Henry and forwards coach Steve Hansen chose to watch the Boks’ nine-try demolition on television at the team’s beachfront hotel, and then later joined the squad’s recovery training session at nearby Hamilton Rugby Club, South Africa’s oldest rugby club.
The players had a stretching session, followed by a light game of football to offset the effects of travelling.
On Sunday, some of the players settled for a game of golf, while others went shopping and sight-seeing.
The only other tourist yet to arrive is Auckland scrumhalf Taniela Moa, who will fly in on Wednesday as back-up for Jimmy Cowan and Piri Weepu.
Moa’s call-up came about after third choice No.9 Andy Ellis was ruled out of the All Blacks squad with a rib injury. He trained with the All Blacks last week.
However, Moa was allowed to turn out for Auckland against Taranaki in an Air New Zealand Cup/Ranfurly Shield clash
at Eden Park at the weekend.
He was in fine form as he helped Auckland retain the Shield with a 22-6 victory.
The All Blacks, fresh from their 39-10 over Australia last week, will be eager to turn the tables on Peter de Villiers’ Boks who will be buoyed by their 30-28 win at Dunedin’s notorious ‘House of Pain’ at Carisbrook, where the two teams last played each other.
That famous victory will also give the Boks a massive psychological boost ahead of their Newlands clash because they outscored the All Blacks by two tries to one, even though they finished the match with only 14 players, following Victor Matfield’s sin-binning.Tweet