Although they have already won the inaugural Rugby Championship title the All Blacks have set themselves a new goal which they want to achieve against the Springboks in Soweto on Saturday.
Richie McCaw and his troops did not face the Springboks during their successful World Cup campaign in New Zealand last year and despite beating their arch rivals 21-11 in Dunedin three weeks ago their opponents squandered 20 points through poor goal-kicking.
"Our big goal is to be better than we were 12 months ago and, if we don't get things right tomorrow, then we'll undo a lot of the good work we've done," said McCaw.
"Even though we've won the Rugby Championship, there's still this big challenge ahead of playing the Springboks at home. It will be a huge test of where we are as a team."
McCaw's back row partner, number eight, Kieran Read, believes the test of true champions was to win away from home.
"It would really cement our number one status to win away from home against one of the top sides. If we don't win, then a lot of what we've achieved goes out the window," he said.
"To be number one, you can't just win at home and it's really important to win this weekend, there's no bigger challenge than playing the Springboks at home."
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said playing at the Soccer City stadium would be a daunting task, especially as the Boks will have plenty of support behind them.
"Sure, 90 000 people will make a lot of noise, but if you do things right on the field then you quieten them down and it becomes your place," he explained.
"The players get excited about playing at venues like that, it's a magnificent stadium."