At one stage this test at Newlands was made out to be the decider of the Rugby Championship this year but that was quickly changed when the Springbok draw against the Aussies in Australia in match they should have won and got hammered by the All Blacks in Albany a week later.
The Springboks came back from Australasia and disappoint again with another draw against the Aussies last week in Bloemfontein.
This week it is the All Blacks in Cape Town and all that is left for the Springboks is pride.
If they do manage to beat the All Blacks they will end the Championship in second place but it is more likely that they will end third with the Aussies that should beat the Pumas on Sunday.
Allister Coetzee have surprise us yet again with his selection as he went with three locks in his starting lineup and moving Francois Louw to number eight, a position he has never played at test level.
Coetzee reasoning behind this was to correct the wrongs from Albany and have three locks to secure and win lineouts. His believe that experience players for Saturday test was the most important factor.
Coetzee believed that Louw is versatile enough to adopt in the number eight jumper. There was no changes in Coetzee midfield or at fullback.
The other change come in the front row with Kitshoff coming in at prop and Wilco Louw getting a change on the bench. Although Dreyer have struggled so far he kept his place in the starting lineup.
Meanwhile the All Blacks coach Hansen have picked his strongest possible side for Saturday.
Sam Whitelock returns to the second row alongside Scott Barrett, Liam Squire is at blindside flank and Sam Cane is at openside, with Matt Todd moving to the bench.
In the backline, Ryan Crotty has been named at centre, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the right wing. Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been named at reserve scrumhalf, while Lima Sopoaga provides additional back cover alongside David Havili.
Although many of the media has made out this test as a dead rubber test for the World Champions, Hansen insisted that they do not underestimate the Springboks and that they have always gone out to be the best they can be in all test matches they play.
For the All Blacks there are no such thing as a dead rubber test and all leads up to one goal and that is 2019 in Japan for now.
Most South Africans will know that the chances of the Springboks upsetting the All Blacks on Saturday is almost zero but supporters want do want to see and improvement not just on the Albany test but also after last weeks draw against an average Aussies side.
Predictions: Although the Springboks are wanting to play a better brand of rugby I believe we do not have the right players in the right positions to do so especially against this All Blacks side. I expect another huge defeat but hope I am wring. All Blacks by 30 points or even more.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6, Siya Kolisi, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 David Havili