WELLINGTON – The Springboks will have another golden opportunity to lay down a World Cup marker when they face the All Blacks in Wellington this Saturday.
The first part of Rassie Erasmus' World Cup preparation plans could not really have gone any better, with a largely second-string side having claimed a bonus-point win over the Wallabies last weekend.
Besides making a big statement with that result, newcomers such as Herschel Jantjies and Lizo Gqoboka impressed on debut, while Cobus Reinach and Frans Steyn enjoyed productive Bok comebacks.
Besides getting a good look at the Boks' wider squad, Erasmus was able to "preserve" some of his first-choice players, who already headed over to New Zealand towards the end of last week to begin preparations for the big Test against the All Blacks.
This weekend could see some of the heavy hitters such as Malcolm Marx, Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Lukhanyo Am and Willie le Roux head into action.