TEST RUGBY-header
generic hexagon

Edwards expects gladiatorial battle


  • 04 Nov 2013
Wales defence coach Sean Edwards Wales defence coach Sean Edwards

Shaun Edwards says the Millennium Stadium will be no place for the faint-hearted when Wales play the Springboks.

The Wales defence coach believes the Boks will push his side to their physical limits.

'If you like your rugby as gladiatorial, then get a ticket for Saturday because this will be no place for the faint-hearted,' Edwards told walesonline.co.uk. 'We have to muscle up against these boys. We practise our tackling a lot but we certainly have been concentrating on that this week.

'South Africa are also a skilful team as well and they are not just based on power, which they proved by scoring four tries against the All Blacks last time they played. They play with a lot of width as well so they have a lot of options. But we will definitely have to measure up their physicality.'

Edwards went on to praise the Boks, who finished second in the recent Rugby Championship.

'Probably the best team I have ever coached against was the South African team of 2009 although there have been some great New Zealand sides,' he said. 'That South African team beat New Zealand three times in the same season.

'This is the best Springbok team I have seen since and Heyneke Meyer has done a great job. So we know what we are going up against.'

Scott Gibbs: Wales set for another Bok beating

Barry John: Wales will win three of their four Tests

Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images

sar poll

Who will win the Test in Cardiff?

Results
0 Comments
latest-articles
Issue 205

Celebrating our latest Bok centurions

Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers are on the cover of the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale now.

Tendai Mtawarira is currently the only ethnic black African who commands a starting place

Quota demands are unrealistic

The government should be investing in the development of black players rather than making quota demands that South African rugby sides cannot possibly meet, writes JON CARDINELLI.

Francois Hougaard came off the bench in Wellington

Spotlight on Hougaard

Francois Hougaard's aptitude will come under the microscope once again in the Springboks' last two Tests of the Rugby Championship, writes RYAN VREDE

You may also like
0 Comments
Get our daily email update. Subscribe to the SA Rugby magazine newsletter: