Roberts ready to run at Springboks

Date published: November 29 2014

Wales centre Jamie Roberts insists he has shaken off the bumps of last week and is ready to face South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.

Wales inside centre Jamie Roberts says he has shaken off the bumps of last week and is ready to take on the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium.

Roberts, who was named man-of-the-match for his bulldozing display in defeat by New Zealand, was unable to run for four days after that epic fixture.

But he admitted that he did not dwell too long on the pain and suffering he caused his own body playing the game, revealing his aches and pains.

“It’s taken me about four or five days to recover from the weekend,” the inside centre said of the battering he took in the 34-16 loss in Cardiff.

“It was car-crash stuff on the weekend.

“I take anti-inflammatory medication before most games now just to reduce swelling in knees and ankles and so forth.

“It numbs most things during the game, but when the affect of that wears off.

“Usually the day after a game you feel alright, it’s the day after that, Monday or Tuesday, it’s pretty horrific!”

Asked whether he worried about his body, the 28-year-old said: “Yes, sometimes, but I have to enjoy the present, that’s what it’s about, I’ll worry about that when my career finishes.

“Certainly for the big games now I load up on a few drugs and that allows me to play on the weekends, so I’m pretty happy with that. Yeah, it’s tough but I’ll be 100 percent on Saturday.”