All Blacks coach Steve Hansen hinted that Bok coach Allister Coetzee is implementing mind games ahead of their Test in Cape Town on Saturday.
Coetzee told The Cape Times that the All Blacks are on another level ahead of their fixture which will take place at Newlands in Cape Town.
“We, as a new-look team, only got together this year, so after three months and two weeks together thinking we’re in a position to topple the All Blacks would be living in a fool’s paradise,” he said as he played down his side’s chances.
However, Hansen believes it is all just a ploy for Coetzee to get his team fired up for the occasion.
“You don’t want to believe everything you read in the paper,” Hansen told NewsHub.
“What you have to understand that it’s a beautiful way to psyche his own team up.
“It’s reverse psychology, so you guys (the press) can believe it if you want to, but we won’t be.”
Hansen said the 57-0 score was flattering to the All Blacks and will select a strong squad for the game despite sealing the Rugby Championship title.
“Our guys after that game in Albany, while the score was so big, talking to them it didn’t feel any different,” he said.
“We were pretty fortunate in that we took every chance we created and they didn’t. It won’t take much for it to swing back the other way.
“The fact that we have won the Rugby Championship is obviously pleasing, but we are playing one of our greatest foes and one that we have a lot of history [with] and one that we have a lot of respect for.
“We are looking forward to the game.”