Winning's the thing, it doesn't matter how - Coetzee

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    04 Oct 2016     Getty Images

South Africa jumped Australia to claim third place in the world rankings after their 18-10 Investec Rugby Championship win at Pretoria.

Coetzee told media on Monday: "Every Test match is important to win. It doesn't matter if you grind it out or whatever. You've got to keep winning and growing in confidence.

"The second point is to show improvement against the world's best and on Saturday we created enough opportunity but didn't finish those opportunities," he said.

"There are still things to work on. I would have been worried if we hadn't had those opportunities," he said.

Against the All Blacks South Africa would be looking to build continuous pressure with the ball in hand, something at which they were their own worst enemies, he said.

"We spoke about kick pressure; we did that. We spoke about set piece pressure; we did that. So we are ticking boxes. There are a few more boxes that we have to tick and that's what I'm looking at," he said.

Springbok flanker Francois Louw summed up his side's attitude towards the All Blacks Test.

"Any team is beatable.

"Obviously they're on a good run at the moment and in contention for a record, but that's their own record they're chasing.

"To us, it's a Test match against the All Blacks in South Africa, on home soil.

"It's a big opportunity and a big responsibility that lies ahead. They definitely are beatable, but to be honest, everybody knows that they're playing top rugby at the moment."

South Africa needed to show more consistency, he said. The win over Australia had not been perfect.

The All Blacks were a solid force with good depth in the squad.

"It will be a hell of a challenge and a hell of a game," he said.

"But no way can we co into the game thinking they're unbeatable. We're going to go out there and formulate our game plan this week and try and execute that to the best of our ability," he said.

Former South African coach Nick Mallett said it was better for the side to be going into a Test with the All Blacks on the back of a win rather than a narrow loss.

However, he said the Springboks never looked like scoring a try.

"We just took our penalties and dropped goals, but we were never in a situation to score a try," he said on SuperSport television.

"If you have Morne Steyn in the side, you presumably also want to have territorial dominance, which we didn't have. While he did kick the penalties and got a couple of dropped goals, we spent 64 percent of this game in our own half and that's pretty dangerous.

"If you are playing with a flyhalf who is not well known for his attacking abilities and still spend 64 percent in your half, it doesn't give you too many opportunities to score tries," he said.

However, there had been some good scramble defence to turn ball over in the 22m area.

But Mallett warned: "If we give the same opportunities to the All Blacks next weekend, it's going to be a very difficult afternoon."