All Blacks expect huge test from resurgent Boks

22,000 tickets went on sale for the clash of arch rivals South Africa and New Zealand and were snapped up 60 minutes after becoming available nationwide

While the All Blacks have scored 19 tries in their three matches against Australia and Argentina, they have struggled with the line-speed of their opponents' defence this season and lacked fluency in attack.

Add a drawn series against the British and Irish Lions into the mix, and the result is an All Blacks side that have slipped too easily between the sublime and the ridiculous this year.

"He's off to get an X-ray and it looks like he'll probably have to have an operation", he said.

"Obviously you don't want the errors to keep growing".

Blindside flanker Vaea Fifita turned the game with a 50-metre try 10 minutes into the second half when the All Blacks were down by seven points.

Aaron Smith will be recalled to the starting line-up for New Zealand's Rugby Championship match against South Africa on Saturday.

By comparison, the Wallabies and Springboks have 11 each and Los Pumas five.

The scoreline perhaps belied the pressure the Pumas piled on New Zealand, but it does reflect the All Blacks' ability to absorb all that pressure and come out on top.

After coming from behind to beat Argentina, Hansen tried to put a positive spin on the outcome.

"But to go in at halftime down and come back out and win the game, (I'm) pretty happy", he said, before acknowledging all was not well.

"We certainly had to work for that".

"Our message at halftime was to stay on task because we were doing a good job, but we only kept it up for another 20 minutes instead of 40".

Between winning the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, the All Blacks lost only three of 54 matches, often winning in the closing minutes with their philosophy that patience would eventually produce opportunities.

"We need him to be in the right places in the different structures, but that's normal", said Hansen.

"We have played exceptionally well in patches in Test matches this year but what we are really focussing on is Monday to Friday, nailing that and then that is what gets you your eighty minute performances".

Updated 13.45pm: All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has lamented the loss of Joe Moody for the remainder of the Test season with a shoulder injury, claiming the loosehead prop had been the best in the world in his position this year.

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