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Sportal.co.nz     14 Aug 2008     Getty Images

New Zealand is looking to follow up its demolition of Australia two weeks ago with another victory over the Springboks to move a step closer to winning the Philips Tri Nations trophy.

And Carter feels the match is too important to even think about keeping something back on a ground where the All Blacks have traditionally performed well.

"There's so much riding on this game in terms of the Tri Nations tournament," Carter said.

"For us it will be like a knockout. There's really no point in saving ourselves - we can't hold back."

Carter believes tactical kicking and winning the battle for supremacy up front, thus stopping the South African loose forwards from scavenging on the ground, will be key.

"Their loose trio is very dangerous - they're all ball-runners," said Carter.

"If they get momentum they create space for other players out wide to finish off. They are lethal."

All Black skipper Richie McCaw insists his team is motivated by the pressure of facing the world champions.

"There is no question about the motivation in this side," said McCaw.

"It just comes about because of the pressure, not only on the coaching staff but also on the players.

"The pressure is enormous and that just gets the players motivated. We haven't thought about revenge at all.

"We got ourselves right back on track in Auckland, and now after a week's break we're in fine shape.

"We arrived here a day earlier, and that gave us a chance to settle in nicely. We're pretty used to coming here to play by now."