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Meyer: Springboks have the self-belief to win

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Sportal.co.nz     04 Oct 2012     Getty Images

New Zealand have already sealed the Championship but are keen to complete a clean sweep in the inaugural series.

But Meyer said when announcing an unchanged side from that which hammered Australia last weekend, "We truly believe that we can beat them. We know we have to have an 80 percent kicking record, unbelievable defence, take every single opportunity and put them under pressure."

It was not worth going into a Test against the All Blacks in defensive mode, he said, because once you got into that mindset you were unlikely to win.

The South Africans had taken a lot of confidence out of their game in Dunedin three weeks ago when the All Blacks won 21-11, but only after Morne Steyn suffered a bad day with his goal-kicking boot.

Steyn has since been dropped and Meyer has whistled up halfback Ruan Pienaar from club duty with Ulster to take on the kicking role again after new first five-eighths Johan Goosen missed his first shots at goal.

The goal-kicking was crucial and Meyer said if the side had kicked better it could possibly have won seven out of their eight games this year.

"The All Blacks are a quality outfit, a lot of experience, great captain with great leadership and if you want to beat them you have to kick 80 percent plus, so I am worried about that," he told Sport24.co.za.

"I know for a fact you aren't going to outscore them just by scoring tries, you have to kick your goals.

"The reason being, is if you put them under pressure you have to convert that into points otherwise. If they play with freedom and aren't under pressure, they can punish you."

Meanwhile, lock Andries Bekker told keo.co.za his performance against Argentina in Mendoza, which was roundly criticised, had been a wake-up call and while dropped for the next two games he redeemed himself against Australia.

"You need to pitch up physically against the All Blacks or you'll take 50 points. I've been in the Springboks setup for five or six years and every time you play them you have to take a step up.

"We are going to be one of the best packs in the world. There's a good balance of experience and youth. We've also got good depth and a range of different combinations," he said.

Several players suffered injuries against the Wallabies but all are expected to play against New Zealand. They were: Zane Kirchner (hip), Johan Goosen (heel), Willem Alberts (hip), Jannie du Plessis (stiffness).