Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has the full support of his players, despite widespread criticism of his coaching style and game plan.
Bok captain Jean de Villiers, addressing the media at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Thursday, said the players were behind Meyer.
This follows criticism from amongst others former coaches Nick Mallett and Jake White, who suggested Meyer's approach is too conservative to ensure long-term success.
The Bok skipper, De Villiers, said they had accepted his approach.
"It's a new coach trying to get a message and gameplan across to the team," the skipper said.
"We will all stand up for what we believe in. We believe in the coach and what we're doing is right.”
He added that have the freedom to voice concerns if there are some.
De Villiers admitted the national team will have to learn from their mistakes as they prepare for the Australasia leg of the Rugby Championship campaign.
The Boks received plenty of criticism after they failed to pull off a win against Argentina in Mendoza last week, but De Villiers believed there were positives they could take from the match.
De Villiers said some of the criticism was justified, however, and his side needed to react accordingly.
"Once you don't live up to expectations, you will be criticised," he said.
"It's about the way you handle it. We have to be honest with each other and take it on the chin and believe in what we're doing.
"You can't take everyone's opinion to heart.”
De Villiers said on Thursday they needed to improve markedly for their next game against Australia.
"We need to learn from our experiences, and we're growing as a team, but you can't keep making the same mistakes,” De Villiers said after the squad's training session at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
"By Saturday next week we will know if we've stepped up or not.
"We're building as a team. Our discipline needs to improve, our execution, and our set-phases have taken a step backward.
"We maybe need to improve 40 percent but the margins are very small in Test rugby.”
The Boks received plenty of criticism after they failed to pull off a win against the Pumas in Mendoza but De Villiers believed there were positives they could take from the match.
"We've put that game behind us. Looking at the game again I feel better about it," the skipper said.
"There were actually a lot of positives from the game.
"We believe we were a better team than how we played on Saturday.
"Even though there has been a lot of criticism of our attacking play, I thought that was actually quite good. The attack was quite good at times.”
The training session, open to the public, was a new experience for De Villiers, who said he had never been to the stadium in the historic township.
"It's a fantastic experience. It's my first time here," he said.
"It's important to take the game to the people and the fans. Without the support there won't be a Springbok team.
"We actually had to move the training to the other side of the field at one stage because the fans were so noisy we couldn't hear the calls.”
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