Springbok flank Francois Louw believes South Africa have the mental strength to beat the All Blacks.
South Africa take on New Zealand in Durban on Saturday and despite the Rugby Championship already in New Zealand's hands the Boks won't be lacking any motivation.
"I think the mental side of Test rugby is hugely important, but you can’t just expect to think positive and come away with the win. You have to dig deep, and find what motivates you to perform for the full 80 minutes," Louw told a press conference on Monday.
"The thing is, when it comes to the All Blacks, there’s no South African player who will be found wanting for motivation. From the moment they perform the haka, it puts you in a mind-set where you’re ready for battle. This week we’re determined to work on what we need to, and to ensure we're emotionally and mentally in the right state of mind."
Louw believes, that despite what the media and pundits say, New Zealand can be beaten. And Louw says the Springboks are getting inspiration from their close two point loss to the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup last year.
"I think we answered that question (can the All Blacks be beaten) at last year’s World Cup. The All Blacks may be in contention for that winning record, but for us, it’s another crucial All Blacks Test at home.
"It’s going to be a massive challenge, but it’s also a big opportunity, and I think they are beatable, definitely. At the end of the day, we can’t go into this game thinking they’re unbeatable and just trying to survive. We have to formulate and execute our game plan well."