Back then, the Junior Springboks suffered a first-round defeat to Ireland, but fought their way into the semifinal with bonus-point victories over Italy and England, and went on the win the trophy.
This season, however, the team opened their campaign in England with a 59-19 victory over Japan, but suffered a 19-13 defeat against Argentina in their second pool match last weekend.
The result leaves the South Africans tied on six log points with New Zealand, Australia and Wales before their final round-robin match against France tomorrow (8.45pm).
Adams says: “We are aware that a huge challenge awaits us.
“But we believe in our abilities and we certainly have the players to register a bonus point win [against France].
“In 2012 we were in a similar situation in which we had to register a bonus-point victory in our final pool game against England to advance to the semifinals after going down against Ireland in the round-robin stages, which we did, and this team has the potential to do the same. That said, we will not underestimate France - they are a quality team and they will test us.”
The team to play France will be announced today.