South Africa ‘desperate’ to beat Wales

Date published: November 26 2014

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South Africa defence coach John McFarland doesn’t want to ‘stew’ over a loss in the final Test of the year for the next few months.

South Africa defence coach John McFarland doesn’t want to ‘stew’ over a loss in the final Test of the year for the next few months.

The Springboks arrive in Wales having won their last two Tests against England and Italy, following defeat to Ireland in Dublin.

Coming into the contest with a very strong record in Europe since Heyneke Meyer took over in 2012, McFarland doesn’t want to see that damaged any further.

Wales have not beaten South Africa since 1999.

“We are desperate to beat them as well, believe me,” MacFarland told reporters.

“Every match against Wales is always a challenge both physically and mentally. We know we have to be right for Saturday.

“If we beat them, we’ll only have lost one game in the Northern Hemisphere in the last three years under our coaching tenure.

“If we lost the last game of the year, I’d stew on it for five months”

McFarland expects the Boks to carry on from their strong performances in final Tests from the last two years, when they have defeated England and France.

“We’ve played well in the last game of the year recently where we beat England in Twickenham in 2012,” added McFarland.

“Last year was the first time we had won in Paris for 15 years.

“We learned a lot of harsh lessons in the Ireland game which was the first time we were beaten in the Northern Hemisphere in the last three years.”

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