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Bruised Boks will be hard to beat: Hynes

By Samantha Broun 11/09/2009 02:29:33 PM Comments (0)

Wallabies winger Peter Hynes says South Africa are still stinging from their loss to Australia and will be tough for the All Blacks to beat in their Tri Nations clash on Saturday night in Hamilton.

Hynes couldn't decide which team he would rather see come out on top, as both scenarios don't make anything better for the Wallabies.

"The Africans are going to be hard to beat, coming off a loss stung them, but then again the All Blacks at home are very hard to beat as well," Hynes said on Friday.

"I think it will be a very close game, maybe it'll come down to a few points.

"I want to see neither team win," Hynes joked. "So maybe a draw would be the best way to go."

Victory for South Africa on Saturday secures the world champions southern hemisphere honours, while a convincing All Blacks bonus-point victory will keep the Tri Nations alive for the current holders.

If that is the case, New Zealand will have silverware for the taking when they clash with the Wallabies in the third Bledisloe Cup clash in Wellington next Saturday, needing a second bonus point win in as many weeks to retain the Tri Nations crown.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is likely to recall Hynes into his starting XV to replace injured winger Lachie Turner (ribs).

Hynes said the Wallabies are still on a high after toppling South Africa 21-6 in Brisbane last Saturday and were awaiting their next challenge.

"The win lets a bit of pressure off and it gives you a bit of relief and a fair bit of confidence too knowing that we beat the world champions," he said

"It was something that we were building towards, we'd had parts of games where we'd played good and other parts where we'd let ourselves down at crucial times.

"That was the first game the Springboks lost in the Tri Nations so far, so we got a lot of confidence out of that.

"Moving into the All Blacks we need to take that confidence and continue to improve our game."

Hynes said the one-point loss to New Zealand in the Sydney Test last month still smarts.

"We certainly felt that we had built enough momentum and did enough in the game to win it but to get robbed at the end by a penalty kick was pretty heartbreaking," he said.

"They're the games that hurt the most, the ones that are close, so it wasn't ideal for us obviously but the ref's decision can't be questioned.

"It's up to us not to give away those penalties at crucial times."

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