Oblivious to the NSW Waratahs' history of under-achieving, South African import Jacques Potgieter is convinced they will win the 2014 Super Rugby crown despite their chaotic display against the Blues.

The Waratahs committed a staggering 16 handling errors in a sloppy 21-13 loss in Auckland on Saturday, leaving Michael Cheika's men clinging to a place in the top six after 11 rounds.

The Waratahs admit the defeat has prompted some serious soul searching this week before hosting the in-form Hurricanes in another key match on Saturday night at Allianz Stadium.

"I don't know what to say, it's not a nice feeling to go out there and you know what to do and it's not happening," Potgieter said on Monday.

"We've got a lot of talent in this team, but in this competition talent won't be enough.

"We really have to work hard - and we're working hard - but we're just forcing those one or two extra passes.

"The boys, they've got all the skill but sometimes, when it's not on, I think you just have to be more patient."

The Waratahs have a habit of promising big things but failing to deliver, but Potgieter earnestly believes the star-studded class of 2014 will earn the franchise an elusive maiden Super title.

"I don't really think too much about the past. I always knew the Waratahs would be a really good team," the former Bulls forward said.

"I came here because of Michael Cheika because I really liked the style and play that Michael brought into the system, which I saw last year, and then I wanted to be a part of that.

"I just thought with all the talent that we could go a long way - and I still believe that. Otherwise I wouldn't have come to the Waratahs.

"I just want to lift that trophy and I still think we're going to.

"Just the way the guys are there for each other - maybe it's not showing yet - but the games that it will show, the boys will pull it through."