“We are going to stamp our authority against Wales”
By Lindsay Weyer
Technical advisor to the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, Japan
We are ready for Wales this Sunday. We got the result we wanted against host nation Japan because we created great scoring opportunities, it’s just the last passes didn’t go to hand, which was poor execution. But we are happy that we still created such opportunities as the score could have been three or four tries ahead in the first half already. We put ourselves under pressure by not finishing, but we sorted that out at half time.
A great positive is that we will be staying at the same hotel, so no moving and packing. The boys and all the coaches are already doing self-analysis ahead of Wales. Wales have a good structure and systems; you know what you are going to get from them. They kick long to you so that you can counter-attack from deep, and then they look to smother tackle you to slow the ball down.
We will have plans for that, without deviating away from our original game plan which is clearly working. Obviously one can always improve the finishing of opportunities but a big positive is that we putting ourselves into that position. Wales does not enjoy the physical department, as the French exploited on Sunday. So, we have kept a close eye on them, we owe them one as we are yet to beat them in four games, all by small margins.
We are determined to put one over them and to stamp our authority.