Latest All Black Prodigy Damien McKenzie Puts South Africa To The Sword

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Whitelock, Cane, Squire and Crotty all come back into the starting line-up for the big clash in Cape Town, live on Sky Sports, with the team essentially the same one that destroyed the Springboks 57-0 in Auckland last month.

"We want to finish the Championship on a high note, every test is important for us", Read told a news conference after the All Blacks concluded their preparations for their last game of this year's southern hemisphere championship.

"I feel sorry for the players".

Team: 15-Andries Coetzee, 14-Dillyn Leyds, 13-Jesse Kriel, 12-Jan Serfontein, 11-Courtnall Skosan, 10-Elton Jantjies, 9-Ross Cronje, 8-Francois Louw, 7-Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6-Siya Kolisi, 5-Lood de Jager, 4-Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3-Ruan Dreyer, 2-Malcolm Marx, 1-Steven Kitshoff Replacements: 16-Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17-Trevor Nyakane, 18-Wilko Louw, 19-Franco Mostert, 20-Jean-Luc du Preez, 21-Rudy Paige, 22-Handre Pollard, 23-Damian de Allende.

McKenzie, who has also played on the wing and at flyhalf for the Kiwis, said after Saturday's test he had no preference.

Coetzee said he knew the areas that required further work: "We had them under pressure at times, but you can not give the ball away against New Zealand".

"They never disappoint us here", All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

"We knew it was just a blip in New Zealand and we knew we must just keep persevering". In both matches Australia we were in it and could have won it, but did not. We are heading in the right direction. We understand what we do when we do it.

"There is no flawless formula in this game, we are building variety".

"To do that you've got to play a good team".

Over 90 minutes (the first half ran to 50 minutes) the Boks were the better team. They are a quality side when they get that roll on and momentum and it was hard for us to stem that so we'll look at how we can do that later on'.

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