Test could go down to the wire - Read

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Lynn McConnell     06 Oct 2018     Getty Images

That will make mental demands more than physical as a result of the altitude and because of the willingness of both sides to play attacking rugby.

"It's been a few years since we've played here against them, at altitude, but it always seems to be a pretty ding-dong battle so I'm we'll have to go close to or near that 80 minutes, or over it if we need to.

"Our guys are excited by that challenge and hopefully it will be a great spectacle. I know everyone here in South Africa this week has been building up the game and got a lot of support from the fans," he said.

Read said his missing out on the Argentine leg of the tour had been beneficial for his body but added his mind had wandered back to his last performance, the 34-36 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

"I'm really looking forward to this challenge, it's been a great week so far so can't wait for it," he said.

"We learnt we can't just expect to turn up and have things go our way all the time. We've got to have plans in place to rectify those things and I guess as a captain we try and manage the game as best we can."

Read, who returned to playing in the latter stages of Super Rugby after back surgery, said his back was feeling good and it had been good foresight by the management to relieve the pressure of prolonged air travel on his back by not making the Argentine visit.

He had found when meeting up with the side in Pretoria that they had benefited from their time in Buenos Aires, they were in a good frame of mind and he couldn't wait for the Test.

"The back is 100 percent when I am out there playing and I think with the travel a few things can stir it up and it's not 100 percent and takes time and it's about 12 months before you start feeling like you were before so I've still got a few months to go in that process," he said.

Read is expecting South Africa to be better. Like the All Blacks they had improved their defence after the Wellington win, and both sides had shown that in their games last weekend. As a result Read felt the All Blacks would need to find different ways to break down the Springbok defence.

Recalled Francois Louw, his opposite at No.8, was more of a traditional fetcher over the ball and loved being a nuisance at the breakdown.

"We're aware of what he's going to be doing but from our factor if we can win a few more breakdowns, win a few more gain line we can negate all those guys and their work over the ball," he said.