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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.'

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