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Australia’s Nic Berry will referee Rugby All Blacks vs Springboks in Wellington.

Australia’s Nic Berry will referee Saturday’s Rugby Championship encounter between the All Blacks and Springboks in Wellington.

Kick-off is scheduled for 09:35 (SA time).

Berry will be assisted by his countryman Angus Gardner and Japan’s Shuhei Kubo, with England’s Rowan Kitt the television match official (TMO).

Later on Saturday, New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe will referee the match between the Wallabies and Argentina in Brisbane.

Kick-off is at 11:45 (SA time).

O’Keeffe will be assisted by his compatriots Paul Williams and Brendon Pickerill, with another Kiwi, Ben Skeen, the TMO.

Nic Berry

Kick off time and how to watch Boks v All Blacks live

Kick off time is 9:35 (SAST). SuperSport 1 will stream the action live – a subscription is required to watch.

Prediction and head-to-head

South Africa have won just 36 out of the 98 meetings between the two teams. The Boks do have the advantage of having beaten the All Blacks at the same venue last year, but you have to go back to 1998 to find the last time before that to find a win for them in Wellington.

Against Argentina, albeit with a depleted side, New Zealand showed what everybody already knows – they do have vulnerabilities.

There are many reasons to be optimistic about the future prospects of the Boks. But, by their own admission, they weren’t at full tilt in their opening fixture. The All Blacks should win, but don’t expect a walkover.