New Zealand want to “right a wrong” when they face South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday, according to scrum-half TJ Perenara. The Springboks inflicted a shock 36-34 defeat on their hosts in Wellington last month, ending the All Blacks’ run of nine straight victories.
New Zealand outscored South Africa by six tries to five in Wellington but four missed conversions from Beauden Barrett proved costly.
And although they clinched the Rugby Championship title in Buenos Aires last weekend, Perenara insists the All Blacks will be out for revenge.
“Once we celebrated clinching the Rugby Championship title in Argentina last weekend our focus switched to South Africa and trying to right a wrong from a couple of weeks ago,” said Perenara, who will be on the bench at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
“Knowing that the Springboks beat us recently is disappointing and it hurts. We have a score to settle.
“A major motivating factor for us is improving match by match – failure to do so means we have failed.
“We want to grow day by day and week by week and we desperately want to beat the Springboks this weekend.”