Preview: Wales versus Springboks

Wales-VS-SpringboksWith the roof closed at the Millennium Stadium, Saturday night’s game have all the elements to be a test match to remember.

Between the coaches of Wales and their players they did a lot of talking themselves up for the match against the Springbok. Trying to use the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia as prove of their ability to upset the Springboks, this will be one comparison I would not have made if I was them.

The Australia team has struggled throughout the year as a team and to play any kind of rugby that will make them a force at this stage. The Springboks and New Zeeland were able to put more than four tries against them in the Rugby Championship and Argentinian can close to beat them in Australia.

Wales are the current six nation’s champions and with the roof close the game should bring us a spectacle that we want.

The last time the two teams met was in 2011 and on that day the Springboks only won the game by one point.

In the last five meetings between the two teams the Springboks have won the last three by five points or fewer.

The Key aspects of the game will be the first-phase ball. In the Lineouts the Springboks should be able to dominate and everyone is looking for the scrums as Frans Malherbe comes into the team with Beast and Bismarck. The scrums served the Springboks well this season and they should be able to continue in this way.

In the backs is where most supporters will want to see what Jacque Fourie and JP Pietersen will bring to the team with Lambie moving to fullback.

Both teams have excellent fly half‘s and Meyer will hope that his bench will have a better impact than what they did in their last game against the All Blacks.

This game have the potential to have a big score in the making and we should see some exciting play.

Recent Results
2011: South Africa won 17-16, Wellington (World Cup pool match)
2010: South Africa won 29-25, Cardiff
2010: South Africa won 34-31, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 20-15, Cardiff
2008: South Africa won 37-21, Pretoria
2008: South Africa won 43-17, Bloemfontein
2007: South Africa won 34-12, Cardiff
2005: South Africa won 33-16, Cardiff
2004: South Africa won 38-36, Cardiff
2004: South Africa won 53-18, Pretoria

Teams

Wales:
15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 Liam Williams, 12 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Gethin Jenkins.
Replacements:
16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Luke Charteris, 20 Justin Tipuric 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 James Hook, 23 Ashley Beck.

South Africa: 15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements:
16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Ruan Pienaar, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Willie le Roux.

Date: Saturday, 9 November 2013
Kick-off:
17.30 (17.30 GMT; 19.30 SA time)
Venue:
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Expected weather:
It will be cold and damp in Cardiff on Saturday but that may play no part if the roof is closed.
Referee:
Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees:
George Clancy (Ireland), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Eric Gauzins (France)

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