Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers has gone on the front foot to defend the average form of fly-half Morne Steyn.
De Villiers re-affirmed his faith in Steyn on the eve of the Rugby Championship clash against the All Blacks in Dunedin.
Steyn, South Africa's Mr Reliable of the past three seasons, has battled with his consistency and confidence. His tactical-kicking game has always been a strength, but Steyn's radar-like boot has failed on several occasions for the Boks this year.
"He is a great player and he has the backing of the team and the coach," said De Villiers.
"The pressure never really drops from him. He takes it all in his stride and I think he is definitely in a good space."
De Villiers and Bryan Habana are the only survivors of the starting line-up that edged the All Blacks 30-28 at Carisbrook in 2008 to achieve their first Test win in Dunedin.
"It is a totally different game in a new stadium. We've got our own goals and we need to make our own memories now," said De Villiers.
"We believe we can be competitive and, if we can turn the negatives into positives, I think we can get a good result."
The All Blacks go into the match unbeaten after three rounds and on a 13-game winning streak.
South Africa are second on the Rugby Championship table but have only one win to their credit, and have drawn and lost their last two games.
De Villiers, 31, acknowledged he was feeling the pressure after a draw against Argentina followed by a loss to Australia in Perth last weekend.
"It's a great privilege to captain your country but it's not an easy job," said De Villiers.
"There will be tough times. We need to pull together and believe in the systems we have put in place. If we can put a good 80 minutes together, you never know."