Intense training paid off – Warburton

Date published: November 30 2014

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Wales captain Sam Warburton credited his team’s dedicated work ethic in training for their historic win over South Africa.

Wales captain Sam Warburton credited his team’s dedicated work ethic in training for their historic win over South Africa.

Warburton tasted victory over one of the big SANZAR trio for the first time since his debut in 2009.

South Africa hadn’t lost to Wales since 1999 but played poorly as Wales seized the opportunity and as the better side picked up a rare win.

“It’s amazing,” Warburton told the BBC.

“I said before, I wish people could see the effort we’ve put in in the last five weeks.

“We’ve been getting up at six in the morning and altitude-training, and doing all sorts, we were just so desperate to get this win.

“You get out what you put in and that was the case this afternoon.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been desperate to do this for so long and we’ve been knocking on the door for ages. I’ve been in the set-up since 2009 and we haven’t achieved it.

“This is right up there with the best achievements I’ve had in the Wales jersey and hopefully the team can kick on from that.”

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar admitted that he had been dreading the prospect of throwing away another close result to the Boks, after losses to New Zealand and Australia earlier this month, but was understandably elated.

“It’s everything. It’s been amazing,” added Biggar.

“All the narrow defeats and everything, and this is what makes it worth it.

“The crowd were awesome, the atmosphere is amazing, and it really helped us in the last couple of minutes.

“We always seem to do it the hard way but the main thing is we crossed the line today and that’s huge.”

“We’ve thrown things away so many times in the past.

“This is a real moment for us moving forward and hopefully there’s more to come. Everyone was superb. It was a great team effort and it’s just great relief.”

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