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De Villiers '90 percent sure' of Cup win

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Sportal.co.nz     09 Aug 2011     Getty Images

While his B side suffered heavy defeats at the hands of Australia and New Zealand he is confident the more experienced players he has brought back for the two home Tests against the Investec Tri Nations rivals will get the South African ship back on an even keel.

But he does feel the Springboks' greatest threat could come from themselves.

"We could be our own worst enemy if we don't maintain our excitement over the tournament and if we become over-confident," he told Rapport newspaper.

De Villiers said his team was 80 percent at where he wanted them to be and as a result he expected his recalled players would struggle in Saturday's Test against Australia.

"I predict the team might struggle against the Wallabies, as it will be their first match in a long while," he said.

However, the news was not so good for the All Blacks.

De Villiers predicted his side would be at their best against New Zealand in Port Elizabeth and for the World Cup.

"I am 90 percent sure that we will come hom with the cup [World Cup]," he said.

De Villiers also told South African fans they would not have to endure the 'B' team again this year.

"I won't even try to experiment against Namibia; it's in a game like that where you must try to build momentum," he said.