On Saturday, the Springboks will have an opportunity to redeem themselves after their humiliating defeat at the hands of Japan in their opening Rugby World Cup match.
South Africa take on Samoa in a Pool B clash that could decide their fate in the tournament.
Samoa go into the clash two points above South Africa, something not many would have predicted.
Now Heyneke Meyer is under pressure and he’s made eight changes to the side that lost to Japan.
It will be important for those coming in to believe in his game plan, and at the moment it doesn’t seem like they do.
Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers says, “Can they trust the coach going forward, does the coach really put his faith in those kind of players, so I think there’s a lot of damage that’s been done to that team with this one loss only and the bad decision making before the game.”
The Boks have no choice but to bounce back, to keep alive their hopes of progressing from Pool B.
They’ve never lost to Samoa in their eight previous meetings, but the islanders will believe they can also cause an upset following last week’s debacle in Brighton.
Springbok Flyhalf Patrick Lambie says, “We’ve had our backs against the wall… so all our focus is completely on Saturday against Samoa and we really want to make things right.”
The last time the two sides met at a World Cup, the Boks ran out 13-5 winners in Albany, New Zealand in 2011.
And they’ll be hoping for more of the same when the match kicks off at Villa Park at 17:45.