Got your attention didn’t I. Now that we know that South Africa will play Wales at Twickenham on Saturday 17th October 2015. This will begin a week of preparation and quite likely knowing Warren Gatland, Wales’s coach, so to will commence the mind games.
Wales put Australia under far more pressure than what England did, last week when England lost to the Wallabies. I think Wales showed their pedigree in the Test between themselves and the Wallabies. Wales it might be argued are not quite there as they never forced home their advantage they held over the Aussies when the Aussies were down to 13 men. Nevertheless Wales have proved their defensive abilities which will go a long way toward beating the Boks.
Wales need to think about how they are going to score tries against the Boks. This hasn’t been helped by the Welsh’s latest injury to Liam Williams. They need to put the injuries and the disappointing loss behind them as quick as possible because they are right in this RWC with as good a chance as anyone.
Wales may be able to trigger doubts in the Boks minds. The Boks have had a terrible year so far and although the last three performanmces have steadied the ship, I wonder how strong their resolve is. Japan put South Africa in a tight spot and South Africa crumbled. Wales beat the Boks in their last meeting last November in Cardiff. Before that Wales were kicking themselves for throwing away the game against the Boks in Nelspruit when the Boks won 31-30.
South Africa have been resurgent ever since their unthinkable loss to the Japanese. The Springboks have reverted largely back to their old style which has had success because the sides that they have faced in the last three Tests have not been able to stop the two young South African second rowers/locks, Eben Etzebeth and Lood de Jager.
Gatland is a wyly old Kiwi and he will have a plan to stop South Africa from getting over the gainline. South Africa musn’t underestimate the Welsh passion. Rugby is the national sport in Wales. Gatland is bound to fire the first salvo in the build up week to this Test. Judging by the quality of rugby that we have already seen at this fantastic 2015 RWC, South Africa vs Wales will be a humdinger. If the weather turns wet, it may seriously affect South Africa’s gameplan.