New Zealand vs. South Africa: Key Battles to Watch

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New Zealand vs. South Africa: Key Battles to Watch
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The 2013 Rugby Championship hots up this weekend with what promises to be the first genuine showdown of the tournament as New Zealand host South Africa at Eden Park in Auckland.

Key individuals battles will be taking place all over the park in front of a sellout crowd as both side look to maintain their perfect record of three wins.

Both overcame the forward power of Argentina and made relatively light work of the struggling Wallabies, but now they face a real test that will serve as genuine marker for both teams.

Table toppers South Africa have been a team in development, but they hit their straps with a record win in Australia last time out to suggest Heyneke Meyer's outfit are the real deal.

New Zealand have not been truly tested this year and need to show their record thumping by England at Twickenham last winter was merely a blip.

We take a look at the individual battles that are likely to settle this seismic showdown.

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