South Africa v Wales (Sat) – BBC Sport

Wales want to show South Africa their true colours in the second Test in Nelspruit.

After their

38-16 drubbing in Durban,

Warren Gatland’s team face last match of a testing season knowing a win would be the rugby shock of several seasons.

Their below-par showing in the opening Test match rankles with assistant coach Rob Howley.

“We want to show the South African public what Welsh rugby can be all about,” he said.

Howley is one of a select band of Welshmen who know what it is like to beat the Springboks while wearing his country’s red shirt.

He captained the side that beat Gary Teichmann’s South Africa 29-19 in 1999 in Cardiff – the only Welsh victory in 28 matches between the countries.

Wales’ tour of South Africa

10 June:

Eastern Province Kings



14 June:

South Africa



21 June:

Second Test, Nelspruit

And Howley is determined Wales give a better showing in the Mbombela Stadium.

“This is the last game, you have your summer holidays and then it is still nearly five months until we are back together for the autumn,” he said.

“It is a long time, and you do not want to be thinking ‘what if we had prepared or done something different?’

“But this is the challenge for us. We need to show we are a better team than we showed last week.”

Head coach Gatland has been more conservative than some expected by making just two changes to the staring XV, with Scarlet tight-head Samson Lee taking the place of Adam Jones and Josh Turnbull taking over at open-side from Aaron Shingler.

The inclusion of Turnbull is an acknowledgement that South Africa outgunned Wales at the breakdown at King’s Park, and reduces their lineout options with Shingler their go-to man for most of the first Test.

And Dan Baker’s presence on the bench underlines the Welsh plan to counteract the ‘Boks’ power on the gainline.

The match will be special irrespective of the result as South Africa captain, 37-year-old second-row Victor Matfield, becomes the most capped player in his country’s history –

playing in his 112th international.

Matfield’s cheerful demeanour at Friday’s media conference suggests a real confidence in the South African camp.

Nelspruit is the gateway to the Kruger National Park, one of of the African continent’s most famous big game reserves.

There are those who would suggest Wales will be fed to the Lions.

Wales have to prove they are not easy prey for the southern hemisphere’s rugby powerhouses.

Rob Howley’s pride at beating the Springboks in 1999 has been evident more than once on this tour.

“It would mean everything to beat them,” he said before the Test in Durban.

In Nelspruit it would be an historic result – and it might even mean a little bit more.

South Africa:

Willie le Roux; Cornal Hendricks, JP Pietersen, Jan Serfontein, Bryan Habana; Morné Steyn, Fourie du Preez; Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Flip van der Merwe, Victor Matfield (capt), Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen.


Schalk Brits, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Lood de Jager, Schalk Burger, Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier, Lwazi Mvovo.


Liam Williams (Scarlets), Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro), George North (Northampton Saints), Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Mike Phillips (Racing Metro), Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Luke Charteris (Perpignan), Alun Wyn Jones (Capt) (Ospreys), Dan Lydiate (Racing Metro), Josh Turnbull (Scarlets), Taulupe Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons).


Matthew Rees (Cardiff Blues), Paul James (Bath), Aaron Jarvis (Ospreys), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Dan Baker (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), James Hook (Perpignan), Matthew Morgan (Ospreys).

South Africa v Wales (Sat) – BBC Sport

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