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Wales will “give absolutely everything” in their bid to seal a series victory when they take on the Springboks in Cape Town on Saturday.
That was the word from their captain, Dan Biggar, who admitted that his team would have been laughed at if it was said that they stood a chance of upsetting the world champions in a three-Test series in South Africa.
The visitors came into the series as overwhelming underdogs but have delivered competitive performances in the first two Tests. Wayne Pivac’s charges suffered a gut-wrenching 32-29 defeat in the first Test in Pretoria before bouncing back with a narrow 13-12 triumph in Bloemfontein.
That latter result was a historical one as it was Wales‘ first-ever victory against the Springboks on South African soil and few people would have predicted that outcome at the end of this year’s Six Nations when they suffered a shock loss to perennial underachievers Italy in Cardiff.
“It is a great opportunity on Saturday for us to win a series here,” Wales captain Biggar said.
“I think if we had said that four or five weeks ago before we flew, we would probably have been laughed out of town if I had said that in front of you.
“It is definitely not one to miss, and we are hugely looking forward to it.
“We have put a huge amount into this tour as a group in terms of the amount of training we’ve done and the sacrifices we have made.
“We’ve worked our absolute socks off, so it would be brilliant to get a full reward on Saturday.
“We know this is our last week of the season, so we can go out and give absolutely everything and leave it all out there.”
Wales have done well to confront the Boks in every facet of play – with Biggar leading the charge – and that approach has caught their opponents, who are renowned for their physicality, by surprise.
“I have really enjoyed that side of it because that’s what Test match rugby is about. We certainly didn’t want to come here, lie down and roll the carpet out for the Springboks,” added Biggar.
“It has got us going a little bit as well, and it is certainly not taking a step back and backing down to the challenge.
“I have enjoyed what the team has done in that sense in terms of not giving an inch. I would be disappointed if we were any softer than we have been for the last couple of weeks on Saturday.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has made just one change to the his starting line-up from their victorious second Test in Bloemfontein with Josh Adams replacing the injured Alex Cuthbert on the left wing.
Although going head-to-head with the Boks is one of the game’s most daunting challenges, Biggar is relishing the prospect of taking them on.
“Our defensive review every time we play South Africa is very similar,” he said.
Knows what to expect
“We know exactly what is coming, but it’s whether you are good enough or strong enough to stop it on the day.
“We feel like we’ve been fairly comfortable in terms of what they have thrown at us, but ultimately when they turn the power on – and if you spend a lot of time in your own half against this team – you are going to get punished.
“It is about making sure we keep the ball on the park as often as we can and nullify their lineout game, which then comes down to discipline.
“If we can keep penalties to 10 or under (in the match) then we are in with a real shout of winning the game.”
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