Both teams will be fired up to win the 100th fixture between the two sides.
South Africa have had a decent run in recent times with a win and a draw in the last five matches against the All Blacks. I’m backing South Africa to get within 12 points of New Zealand.
New Zealand are unbeaten in 2021 having seen off Tonga, Fiji (twice), Australia (thrice) and Argentina (twice). They have yet to really have a very tight encounter.
Since securing the Bledisloe Cup with a 3-0 series win over Australia, New Zealand have beaten Argentina in the last two weeks. In the first match, the All Blacks were 39-0 victors while last week a second string side beat Los Pumas 36-13.
Recent clashes against South Africa have all been very tightly contested affairs. While South Africa have only managed one win since 2014, New Zealand have only once in their last five matches beaten the Springboks by more than two points.
South Africa will be very disappointed with their performances since arriving in Australia. After winning the British & Irish Lions series 2-1 and then seeing off Argentina on two successive weekends, they arrived in Australia full of confidence.
In the first Rugby Championship match against the Aussies, South Africa were clearly not up to speed. They lost 28-26 but could still easily have won the match.
Last week was a different story, easily the worst performance by them in three years as they went down 30-17 to the Wallabies.
The Springboks confidence would have taken a massive blow, and reports in the camp seem to suggest some players are struggling with life in the bubble. But South Africa always up their game for this opposition and with it being the centenary Test, expect them to be firing from all cylinders.