New manager Zola Yeye says the Springboks have learnt from their mistakes against Ireland in Dublin two years ago.
The Boks were shocked 17-12 in 2004, their first defeat to the Irish since 1965, and are expected to have another fight on their hands on Saturday.
However, Yeye insists there is confidence in the current Springbok squad, despite their relatively inexperienced look.
“The last time we were here we were complacent, but we have learnt our lessons. We know it takes something special to win here and the team needs to be focussed,” the manager told the Irish rugby website.
“The players are determined not to repeat the errors of the past. Theyâ€™re in the right mindset.”
As with all of the leading nations, the Boks will be looking at new combinations ahead of the World Cup next year.
â€œWe need a bigger pool of players for the World Cup,â€ Yeye said. “Weâ€™ve rested some players and taken a conscious decision to create a bigger pool.
â€œThe new players are not guaranteed places in the World Cup squad, but this is an opportunity for them to show they deserve their places. They must put their hands up and show us how much they want to be there.
“What will determine the success of this tour is how the players take the opportunities presented to them.”