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All Blacks excited about Springboks Test

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Lynn McConnell     02 Oct 2018     Getty Images

Franks said it wasn't a case of needing to think too much about the game as the excitement was already there and that was definitely the feeling when the team arrived in Pretoria after their flight from South America.

"You can't beat a Test in Pretoria, hopefully it's a sellout. I haven't played in a sold out stadium there since 2009 against the Bulls and it's an awesome atmosphere," he said.

Franks said having a break from playing as happened in Buenos Aires meant being able to prepare for the Springboks without the usual soreness having played the previous week.

It was important for the side to recover after the travel and letting the body recover before getting into building for the week ahead.

In Buenos Aires he took delight in being able to sit back and watch Test freshmen Ofa Tuungafasi, Karl Tu'inukuafe and Angus Ta'avao perform so well against Argentina's scrum.

"Angus when he came on really finished off the job for Ofa, and I thought Ofa was really good, really consistent, and they laid a good platform," he said.

So far as Tu'inukuafe was concerned he said his potential was obvious to everyone.

"He's a destructive scrummager, a pretty easy going guy but he flicks the switch when it comes to scrum time and on the field he's dynamic too, especially for a big man. He's got a huge future," he said.

For a tighthead, having a loosehead like Tu'inukuafe performing so well, it provided momentum in getting the scrum going forward and the rest could follow.

The difference between Argentine and South African scrums was that the Pumas tended to load up for a second shove while the Springboks had been scrumming well in this year's Championship.

It had been a good contest in Wellington, South Africa were a big pack and hard to move but he felt it had been an even contest.

The focus in Buenos Aires had been on achieving the improvements that were needed after the earlier loss to South Africa and he felt they had been successful in doing that.