An improved overall performance will be crucial for SA as the Boks look to make amends for their loss to England, says forwards coach Johan van Graan.
Coach Conor O'Shea underlined his long-term plan for Italy by making only four changes from the side hammered by New Zealand.
In 10 Tests this year the Boks have shown no progress whatsoever.
It didn't look good for Eben Etzebeth when he remained grounded at Twickenham. Now the worst has been confirmed.
Allister Coetzee hopes that a few changes to the team for their clash against Italy will bring the "sort of energy we need in the team".
Allister Coetzee and his coaching staff are close to useless, writes Mike Greenaway.
Willem Alberts says "the belief will always be there" for the Boks, but the players need to execute better if they hope to turn things around.
The Boks had one job to do at Twickenham on Saturday, play "10-man rugby", and yet the uninspiring group couldn't even do that.
If there was one thing that was made as crystal clear in the Boks' first loss to England in 10 years, it was that their troubles are far from over.
Make your one-on-one tackles and when the ball goes wide, just go and score some tries! That was the advice from Jesse Kriel to the Bok backline.
"We expect a very physical and tough game. We do expect them to maul quite a lot. And we expect contestable kicks."
Eddie Jones has tried to throw the Springboks and Allister Coetzee off-stride by labelling the South Africans as bullies.
England face South Africa at Twickenham seeking to end a winless run in the fixture spanning 10 years.
Springbok captain Adriaan Strauss has insisted his side are not solely reliant on forward power ahead of their clash against England at Twickenham.
Asked what his England team are up against when facing South Africa, Eddie Jones replied: 'Chess with steroids'.