Experience of World Cup triumph will give Springboks edge in series decider - Jacques Nienaber

Jacques Nienaber is confident of South Africa's chances in the third Test
Jacques Nienaber is confident of South Africa's chances in the third Test
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South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber believes the World Cup triumph in 2019 will give the Springboks an advantage heading into the third and deciding game of the series against the British and Irish Lions.

While the Lions started the contest with a 17-22 victory in the opening match, South Africa made a strong comeback in the second game with a 27-9 win to level the series 1-1. The two teams will lock horns one final time at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday with the winner taking the series.

Both the teams have gone through intense pressure due to on and off field issues during the series and Nienaber believes the experience of beating England in the World Cup final will provide the Springboks an edge.

"Big games like this takes a lot of energy out of you in the build-up, a lot of emotional energy. It’s draining because there is so much at stake," said Nienaber.

"I didn’t see Warren’s comment but yes I agree with him if he’s saying there’s a lot of emotion going into these games.

"It’s something that we will have to handle as a group and it’s the same with them.

"Luckily for us in our group, they’ve been there before. It doesn’t make it easier but it helps you having that experience.

"I’ve been there before I’ve felt these butterflies before and you just have to work through it.

"It’s a do-or-die for both teams, it’s a final and it’s going to be massive."