Wales will seek to end a six-year wait for a southern hemisphere scalp when they take on South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wales will seek to end a six-year wait for a southern hemisphere scalp when they take on South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday with one eye fixed on next year’s World Cup.
The last Welsh victory over a Sanzar nation was a 21-18 win over Australia in November 2008, coach Warren Gatland’s sole winning performance against either the Wallabies, Springboks or All Blacks in 27 matches since he took charge in 2007.
South Africa will not, however, be a roll-over, having notched up the year’s sole defeat of New Zealand and also having only ever lost to Wales once in 29 clashes.
It promises to be a humdinger of a Test match at the Millennium Stadium, where Wales went down 34-16 to the All Blacks last weekend after leading with 12 minutes to play.
“We were obviously disappointed last week,” said Wales fly-half Dan Biggar.
“We felt like we were in with a real chance after 68 minutes but we let it slip at the end.
“It’s all about moving forward now. We’ve put it to bed and it’s all about focusing on this week and making sure we put on a good performance and more importantly getting the win.”
Biggar, as Gatland had also stressed, insisted there was not an underlying concern over fitness levels.
“I think our fitness has been good,’ he added.
“We put quite a big shift in on Saturday night pushing one of the best sides in the world all the way,” the Ospreys playmaker said.
“We’re concentrating now on finishing the autumn series on a high.”
The last time South Africa played Wales, the home side came back from deficits of 17-0 and 30-17 to triumph 31-30 in Nelspruit.
“We know our record against the Southern Hemisphere isn’t great,” admitted Biggar.
“In the summer we played a pretty complete game up until the last few minutes and then we let it slip.
“We can take a lot from that performance and hopefully we can push on and get the result on Saturday because that’s all that matters.”