Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Second-string Kiwi team to face Springboks

By Tarryn Le Chat

All Black coach, Graham Henry, is set to toll out his second-string line-up for Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

According to the Cape Times, tight head prop Carl Hayman is already a confirmed non-starter after having been knocked out in the weekend’s 34-27 win over Australia, while there are strong indications that captain Richie McCaw, the victim of pre-meditated violence by the Wallabies, won’t play either.

The All Blacks confirmed that motivation is still high. Bok coach, Jake White, says he wouldn’t be surprised if either Dan Carter or Richie McCaw isn’t at the game.

“South Africa in South Africa is a different kettle of fish. They are very motivated, they’re hugely physical. They put their bodies on the line”, said Henry.

According to the report, the Boks are yet to lose at home to New Zealand under White.

White will have a full squad to pick from after at one stage last week having been reduced to only 19 fit players.

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