Video: All Blacks' kickers gear-up for aerial battle with Springboks during captain's run

The All Blacks' kicking trio of Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga and Damian McKenzie got in their final preparations ahead of their Test with South Africa in Cape Town tomorrow morning.

The trio will all play a part as the All Blacks look to sign off from their victorious Rugby Championship campaign with a win.

Barrett will start at first-five, while Sopoaga - who this week rejoined the side after the birth of his daughter, Milla - will come off the bench.

McKenzie will play at fullback, having shone for the All Blacks during his time in the number 15 jersey so far in 2017.

Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie and Lima Sopoaga went through their paces in Cape Town.


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'It'll be a tough game' - Kieran Read adamant All Blacks ready for Springboks' backlash

The All Blacks are expecting a backlash from the Springboks in Cape Town tomorrow morning, according to captain Kieran Read.

New Zealand dished out a 57-0 thrashing over their traditional foes the last time the two sides met in Albany last month, with Read saying his team have prepared for the inevitable reaction from South Africa.

"The're a tough team, and they've been building," Read said.

"The scoreline didn't reflect the real gap between the teams."

"We expect it tomorrow to be pretty tough." 

"When they click and when they gel, with the right motivation - which I'm sure they've got plenty of this week - certainly it'll be a tough game."

The All Blacks destroyed South Africa 57-0 last time the two sides met. Source: 1 NEWS


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Farah Palmer Cup: Can Canterbury catch Counties Manukau in round six?

The Farah Palmer Cup will be back in action later today, with some of New Zealand's best going head to head in search of taking out women's provincial rugby's biggest prize.

Runaway leaders and 2016 champions the Counties Manukau Heat will travel to Porirua, coming head to head with the Wellington Pride, who sit two places behind them on the Premiership table.

The Heat sit comfortably atop the Premiership ladder with a game in hand over closest rivals Canterbury, three points ahead going into this weekend's matches.

In the Championship fixtures, a top of the table duel between the Bay of Plenty Volcanix and Otago Spirit awaits in Dunedin, as the race for promotion to the Premiership begins to take shape.

The Volcanix sit a whopping eight points ahead of the Spirit, having played one game more, while Otago are the Championship's leading scorers, with 147 points scored from their four matches this season.

In Palmerston North, the Manawatu Cyclones host the Auckland Storm, with both sides looking to claw their way up the table to challenge Counties for the top spot.

At the bottom of the Championship, last placed Tasman welcome North Harbour tomorrow, looking for their first win of the season, while Premiership cellar-dwellers Waikato host second placed Canterbury in Hamilton.

Canterbury will be looking to move into top spot on the Premiership ladder, should Wellington manage to hand Counties a defeat in their clash this afternoon.

Lucy Anderson of Canterbury on the burst during the Farah Palmer Cup
Lucy Anderson of Canterbury on the burst during the Farah Palmer Cup Source: Photosport


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