Jenkins recognises changing Boks

Date published: November 28 2014

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Wales prop Gethin Jenkins has taken note of South Africa’s tactical evolution under the reign of Heyneke Meyer.

Wales prop Gethin Jenkins has taken note of South Africa’s tactical evolution under the reign of Heyneke Meyer.

Jenkins has come across the Springboks on a number of times in his 114 Tests for Wales and the British and Irish Lions.

Familiar with South Africa’s common strongholds at the scrum and maul, Jenkins recalled the 2009 Lions tour when the Boks were at their most physical.

Opening up their attack however since Meyer took over in 2012, Jenkins is aware of their numerous threats.

“They (South Africa) have definitely changed their game-plan over the last couple of years, but they have kept some of their strengths,” he said.

“The maul is still strong and the scrum is still a focus for them. They are quite direct in their backs, and you know with Welsh teams what to expect. We know it’s going to be a physical battle.

“The Lions tour in 2009 probably stands out in terms of how physical it was.

“Their nation was so up for it, and it showed how much they love their rugby. Obviously, I’d played against them before then, but their country brought that tour to life.

“You always know it is going to be a physical encounter, and the summer this year was the same (Wales lost Tests in Durban and Nelspruit).

“We let ourselves down in the first Test, but we knew we had to front up in the second Test. We just didn’t get over that final hurdle (Wales lost 31-30), and I am looking forward to getting back out there on Saturday.”

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