New Zealand v South Africa, Tri-Nations, Auckland, July 10
Springboks looking to the future
July 5, 2010

South Africa coach Peter De Villiers has refused to dwell on the past as he looks to plot another away win on New Zealand soil.

The Springboks completed a 3-0 whitewash of the All Blacks on their way to the 2009 Tri-Nations title but De Villiers, whose side has already defeated Wales, France and Italy so far this season, has his sights firmly set on the future, beginning with Saturday's Eden Park showdown.

"That is in the past," he said. "If we don't look forward we won't move forward. What worked for us in 2009 will not work for us this year and we will have to find new and different ways to get the results we want.

"The All Blacks, like us, have had a very good build-up into the tournament with good wins over Ireland and Wales and we expect them be as tough as they always are. It is going to be very tight, as it usually is.

"The rivalry between the three teams is such that there is seldom much to choose between them. There is a lot of respect for each other but we all know how important the tournament is this year with a World Cup in 2011. There will be more points to be scored than merely those on the scoreboard."

Last season the Boks had a kind draw, beginning with three home fixtures, but will have to do it the hard way this time around, facing the All Blacks back-to-back before taking on Australia in Brisbane on July 24.

"We would like to build on our recent successes on New Zealand soil. It won't be easy but we will give it our best shot over the next two weeks. Success here will be an important confidence booster for the World Cup too.

"Last season we had a great draw and getting three wins at home really worked in our favour. With an away start this year we have to approach things differently because we know how tough it can be on the road. We will also be up against local weather conditions and passionate local support too so there is a lot of focus and planning to do."


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