NZ win vital for Boks' confidence - Naas

Former Springbok captain Naas Botha on Monday said the Boks need to win their final Tri-Nations match...

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Former Springbok captain Naas Botha on Monday said the Boks need to win their final Tri-Nations match against New Zealand to gain the confidence they need for their Rugby World Cup campaign.

John Smit's men have lost all their Tri-Nations games in 2011, the latest being Saturday's 14-9 defeat to the Wallabies. The loss came despite having most of their senior players back.

They will host a weakened All Blacks side in Port Elizabeth this coming weekend.

Botha said the Springboks were unlucky to lose against the Aussies in Durban.

"Let's just hope everything will fall into place against New Zealand. I don't think it's the best New Zealand team we are going to play against, so you can imagine if we lose that one then everybody else is going to believe that they can take on the Boks," he said. "It's a must-win scenario."

Botha added the South African side needs to get a convincing result ahead of their World Cup title defence.

"It's all about getting the confidence going at the moment and the only way you're going to get your confidence up there is by beating New Zealand on the weekend."