All Blacks expecting physical, angry South African side in Rugby Championship clash

Medics work on Joe Moody's dislocated shoulder during the match

Coach Steve Hansen confirmed Aaron Smith would return to the Test No.9 jumper with his bullet passing a major asset.

After struggling to put away Argentina on Saturday, they will find the Springboks better equipped to cash in on an extraordinary high error rate.

South Africa have rebounded from their miserable 2016, however, and go into Saturday's match at North Harbour stadium only three points behind the All Blacks after a 23-23 draw with Australia at the weekend.

Add a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions into the mix, and the result is an All Blacks side that have slipped too easily between the sublime and the ridiculous this year.

"But it's a tank that's got plenty in it and our job now is to bring that out, and his job is to work on his game and get better and better and reach his potential", Hansen said.

"I don't know what you guys want to hear".

Flanker Vaea Fifita marked his first All Blacks start by storming around the outside of Argentina and going over in the corner for a game-changing try that levelled the scores at 22-22.

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The All-Blacks still sit top of the Rugby Championship following this result with Australia and South Africa now facing off.

By comparison, the Wallabies and Springboks have 11 each and Los Pumas five.

"But you can't just go out to the flank and wait for the ball to come to you". "He'll come back and I think that makes a difference to how we play".

"Teams are putting lot more pressure on us with line-speed, and how we're dealing with that at times hasn't been that great".

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

Moody - who has started all seven of New Zealand's Test matches at loosehead prop this year - sustained the injury during the All Blacks' less than convincing 39-22 win over Argentina in New Plymouth.

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