Smit consults history books for turnaround

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NZPA     17 Jul 2010     Getty Images

The 12-32 loss to a dominant New Zealand in Auckland last weekend bore similarities to South Africa's 8-19 defeat in Wellington in 2008, when their pack was well and truly eclipsed by the hosts.

A week later they bounced back with an enthralling 30-28 win at Dunedin, their first success at Carisbrook ending New Zealand's world record winning test streak at home.

Smit didn't play in the Dunedin test -- he was injured in a lifting tackle at Wellington which resulted in a suspension to All Blacks lock Brad Thorn -- but remembers the determination shown by his teammates both in the leadup to and during a famous win.

He also remembers the feeling of satisfaction post-test.

"The experience from that turnaround week, the guys will hold on to," Smit said today.

"I can only imagine that the guys on that trip would have those memories of what can be done and what should be done if you apply yourselves. It's that which the guys will try to pull towards tomorrow."

Seven of the Springboks who started at Dunedin will do the same tomorrow, including matchwinning halfback Ricky Januarie.

Victory was snatched in the final minute when the livewire No 9 crossed via a perfectly executed chip and chase.

"Sometimes those bounces don't go your way in those away games," Smit said.

"You have to force those situations through your own tactics and your own belief.

"If you're away from home and the expectation is on the home side to win, and you want to change that, you have to do what you're really good at well, for the 80 minutes.

"When you do that, you give yourself a chance for the ball to bounce the right way."

The South Africans were cheered by some positive news overnight when lock Danie Rossouw was cleared of a calf strain niggle and will start his 50th test tomorrow.