South Africans talk up Ellis Park clash
Sportal.co.nz 18 Sep 2013 Getty Images
On SARugbymag.co.za a correspondent said: "Eden Park is a particularly difficult place to win if you are not the All Blacks. It is same with Ellis Park. If you aren't the Springboks the chances are you won't leave Ellis Park victorious.
"I maintain the Springbok will beat the All Blacks at Ellis Park because of the jinx the ground is for the men in black.
"The New Zealanders aren't affected by altitude, but more by attitude when it comes to playing at Ellis Park.
"We've seen some of the best Crusaders teams in history beaten at Ellis Park by some pretty sub-standard Lions line-ups. We've seen some bloody good All Black teams knocked over at Ellis Park by struggling Springbok teams in crisis."
New Zealand haven't played at Ellis Park since 2004, the most recent Test matches in Johannesburg having been played at the National Stadium in Soweto.
Their record since first playing at the ground, and winning, in 1928, is 11 matches for three wins, in 1997, 1992 and 1928, and eight losses.
South Africans are expecting ace halfback Fourie du Preez to return against the Wallabies next week and to be back at peak form for the All Blacks' Test.
The Springboks go into their home Test against Australia at Newlands desperate to claim a five-point win because if the All Blacks can do that against Argentina, South Africa to claim the Championship would need to score either four tries or win by more than seven points, something that only adds more pressure to the game.
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