CAPE TOWN - The Wallabies have at least one fan who thinks success isn't far away in South Africa captain Jean de Villiers.
Winners are grinners and de Villiers was all smiles after his team romped to a 28-8 win over Australia in their Rugby Championship clash at Cape Town's Newlands Stadium.
The Springboks, who beat the Wallabies 38-12 in Brisbane earlier this month, have now scored seven tries to Australia's miserable one in the tournament.
The Wallabies have only one win in the series, a 14-13 victory over Argentina.
De Villiers says Australian rugby fans need to put their team's results in perspective, given they have a new coach in Ewen McKenzie and some of their first choice players out.
He says his side were in a similar predicament but have now won nine of their last 10 games.
"I thought we were in a similar situation last year where Heyneke (Meyer) took over as coach and I took over as captain and we had tough games from the word go," de Villiers said.
"The same now under Ewen McKenzie - they haven't really had an easy game yet and it's difficult to get the momentum and get the message across to the team.
"Unfortunately that's the way that rugby goes; sometimes you have got to take a couple of steps back to go forward again and I'm sure they'll be back at their best sooner rather than later."
The Springboks' haul of three tries meant that they didn't get a bonus point despite the big win. They now need to beat competition leaders New Zealand at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday to take the four nations title.