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Confidence up but injuries a concern for Boks

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    03 Oct 2016     Getty Images

As the Springboks prepare for the last round of the Championship, against the All Blacks in Durban on Sunday (NZT), Coetzee said it had not only been a confidence-boosting win, but one that gave his side self-belief.

"I am a very happy man and will never under-estimate any Test win. For a team that had their backs to the wall, a win like this means a lot and is a definite confidence booster," he said.

However, the Springboks have several injury concerns ahead of the Durban game.

Wing Bryan Habana had a thigh injury that was being assessed while centre Jesse Kriel was forced from the field with a groin niggle and will also be assessed during the week.

Lock Pieter-Steph du Toit took a hard blow to the hip while halfback Rudy Paige will have to undergo concussion protocols during the week before he can be considered to play.

South Africa would go into the Test happier with their defence as a result of holding Australia on one try in their Pretoria game.

"Our defence was outstanding and our set-piece delivered the needed pressure on them when we needed it, which resulted in points for us at crucial times," Coetzee said.

South Africa's attack was also on the up.

"We have been good with ball in hand, although our continuity is not what it should be. We moved the ball well.

"We wanted to play territory and get more set-piece in their half, but our chase line was not the best," he said.

South Africa had also been boosted by hooker and captain Adriaan Strauss producing his best form of the season while old campaigner Morne Steyn had scored all his side's points from his boot while covering the contentious first five-eighths position.

"Adriaan's value in leadership and at scrum time showed the great character he has. Morne justified his inclusion. He showed he is still a Test match player. He remains proud to play for the Springboks and that showed," Coetzee said.