All Blacks will 'destroy' Springboks, says Spencer

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Last updated 05:00 03/10/2012
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CARLOS SPENCER: "I think the All Blacks will destroy them (the Springboks) this week."

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Carlos Spencer has turned his back on coaching after being shafted by the Lions and while the Springboks are improving he believes the All Blacks will “destroy” them this weekend in Soweto.

Spencer has been settled in Johannesburg for three years and is now contemplating a sports promotional job after being sacked with immediate effect, along with Lions coach John Mitchell, via email during this year's Super Rugby season.

The cold manner of dismissal, with over a year to run on his contract, left the former All Blacks playmaker miffed. It is understood Spencer was popular with Lions players. His innate knowledge of back-line play was highly valued.

"They cut Mitch and I was next. It's just one of those things. People get fired everyday. It's time to move on and try something different,” Spencer said.

As for this weekend's test in his backyard, Spencer is predicting a comfortable All Blacks win.

In their best performance of the year, the desperate Springboks recorded their biggest win in three years, against the Wallabies last week, but Spencer feels that purposeful result needs to be put in perspective.

Australia were heavily affected by injuries and delivered another poor performance on the highveld. Their defence in particular was shambolic.

“The Springboks obviously needed a good win but the Aussie weren't great," Spencer said. "I think the All Blacks will destroy them this week.

“It will be a big confidence booster for the Springboks. There was a lot of pressure on them over here in terms of their last couple of efforts.

"They played some good rugby at times and didn't kick away as much ball as they had previously.

"That's definitely a step in the right direction for them.

“But they are going to come up against a better defence this week. If they can hold the ball for long periods and not kick it away they'll be in with a chance, but the All Blacks will be too good for them.”

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